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Going the distance: English chases down dreams

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Junior Josh English runs the annual Terry England Relays on May 20.

Junior Josh English runs the annual Terry England Relays on May 20.

Junior Josh English runs the annual Terry England Relays on May 20.

Joel Herrera, Staff Writer

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Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine himself breaking high school records or qualifying for state.

Joshua English, 16-year-old junior track and cross country runner, was not interested in running before he entered high school.

“I actually started running freshmen year,” says English. “In middle school I didn’t run, but I did do taekwondo.”

His passion for running came to him that same year when his mother confronted him of his laziness.

“My mother noticed how lazy I was around the house,” says English. “So she told me to try out for the cross country team.”

English was not the fastest runner as a freshmen, but sophomore year he began to see himself becoming faster with his times showing tremendous improvement.

This year he broke the Eisenhower school record for the 800 meter dash with a new time of 1:58:22. He and teammates Elihu Young, Allan Blisset, and Tim Baity set a new Cardinal record in the 1600m relay.

“My favorite accomplishment was going to state for cross country,” says English.” I was so amazed that I made it that I did not care if I lost.”

English tributes his success to cross country coaches Neil Miguez and Jeremy Ceja, saying that they saw potential in him and helped make him the runner he is today.

“Miguez was the first one to believe in me and gave me that extra push,” says English. “Ceja helped improve and perfect my form to become even more faster.”

English has no secret to being a fast runner, but he explains that giving your best effort during practice will pay off on race day.

So far English has already heard from Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scouts.

He plans on attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of their well-known track program. English wants to study Astronomy in college because he finds it interesting and he enjoys the curiosity of space.

English is a respectful young man with his heart set on accomplishing his goals. He may have a faced-paced life, but he takes his time to make his years at Eisenhower memorable.

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