East Texas track athletes sprinting to Fit City Success

Fit City

WHITEHOUSE (KYTX) -  A relay team and a high jumper found Fit City Success at the TAAF Games of Texas, competing with 3 thousand other athletes.

Four girls in the 11 to 12 age group brought home silver in the 4X100 and a Chapel Hill Sophomore won bronze in the high jump after logging hours on the track this summer with the Whitehouse- Tyler Metro Track Club.

Four days a week for more than 2 hours each evening in the Summer, you will find  Austin Railsback on the Whitehouse High School track. 

"It is the only thing I think about-- competing and running, jumping and track.  It's my number one love," says Austin. 
He's not alone.  The 4X100 relay team of Serenity Johnson, Keairra Christopher, Chasity Taylor and Kaila Hall have already sprinted many miles on the Whitehouse track this summer.

"We will do like six 300's and then we will do like sleds.  It's where you get weights and it is on this sled. You have to put it on your waist and you have to run 100 yards," says Keairra. That makes their legs stronger and their drive unstoppable.

"Words can't express, when you have an athlete come out in this kind of temperature and spend their whole summer instead of sitting around playing video games and watching cartoons," says Coach "Tutu Brown.  "They put it out here on the track, says a lot." 

Coach Tutu says these athletes are dedicated. Only two days a week are mandatory, they ask him for 2 more.  

"The commitment is that you have to work hard, everyday.  You can't be a girly girl, ya know because you've got to sweat," says Keairra.  "They really really push you," says Austin.

That helped Austin jump 6'4" at state.  "But they are always encouraging, always uplifting and trying to help you out," says Austin. 
When the young athletes leave the track, there's no slacking off.  "You have to eat right. Let's see, a lot of protein. Like protein shakes. I just love fruit," says Keairra. 

"I don't eat candy or drink any caffeine," says Austin.
It's discipline that the up and coming track stars hope will bring them more medals in the years to come.

Coach Tutu says his athlete's main goal is to train hard enough and perform well enough for a track scholarship.  That's their ultimate Fit City Success.



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