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Central senior ready to lead team to IVL championship

March 19, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

With the Imperial Valley League's track and field season right around the corner, one of the strongest teams, if not the favorite to take it all, could be the Central Union High boys team.

The Central boys have been dominating their competition and Saturday came five points short of winning the Central Relays, taking second place behind Eastlake High School 68-64.

Spearheading the Spartans' assault has been 18-year-old senior captain J.D. Gaddis. At the Central Relays, he took second place in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.9 seconds and second in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. His height was good enough to help Central win the team portion of the high jump.


"At the beginning of the year my goals were to go under 15 seconds in the 110 hurdles and jump 6 feet in the high jump. And I accomplished both Saturday," said Gaddis. "Since then I've been told by coaches that now I'm part of an elite class."

What may have helped Gaddis was the pressure he felt to perform.

"With the relays being here, it was like home-field advantage for us. And we just wanted to go out and defend our property," said Gaddis. "And it being my last year and having my family and friends there, there was some pressure. But the desire to win overcame that pressure."

After accomplishing his goals, he has new goals in his sights. He'd like to run the 110 hurdles in 14.7 and would like to clear 6-4 in the high jump.

With the IVL about to begin, he'll have the rest of the season to reach those new goals as he and his teammates will try to bring home a league title.

"Team-wise, we've been slaughtering everyone, so I think IVL should be no problem," said Gaddis. "It should be a good race to be in, but I think we'll be successful in the outcome."

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