One last crusade, Mayra Almayra wins three events in one meet
Determined to end his final track season at Grand Island Central Catholic on a high note, Mayra Almayra has seen victories in almost every meet so far this season.
Capturing three gold medals last Thursday at Adams Central, puts him atop the podium as NTV's athlete of the week.
After jumping up for rebounds on the basketball court, this Central Catholic Crusader is now jumping for the best length and height.
"Basketball really helped me physical-wise," Almayra said. "It helped me become more of a leader, too."
Taking no offseason to close out his senior year, Mayra Almayra has transitioned to one of the top athletes for GICC track.
"It really feels special to me this season because this is probably one of my best seasons so far," Almayra continued. "Than my other seasons these last three years and I also think that not just me, but everyone else on the team are doing really good and we really have a chance."
With all his success centered around the long jump pit, Almayra has seen three straight victories, while setting a new personal record. The most recent win came at the Dale Feeken Invite, jumping 20 feet and 11.5 inches.
"I didn't look at the competition to see who else was jumping as far as I was," Almayra said. "But I didn't worry about that. I just worried about what I can do to be mentally and physically ready to compete."
"I've told Mayra basically our goal every meet is to try to get at least 20–06 every meet," jumpers coach Dick Ross said. "Which is the automatic qualifying length, which he has made at every meet, we just keep wanting him to improve."
From there his success continued on the track, where he showed off his speed in the 200–meter dash finishing first in 24.25 seconds.
"He really came out more prepared for the 200, and really came out and ran a good strong curve which put him out in front," Ross stated. "That I think gave him the confidence that he could win that race."
Even with little time to rest, Almayra never let off the gas pedal heading into the 4X100–meter relay, trucking away to help his team to the top of the podium clocking 45.74 seconds.
"I took a couple drinks and rested about five minutes and then I immediately started running," Almayra said. "We started practicing handing off the batons, and I think that really helped with it."
After four meets this season, Almayra has also set two personal records, including the high jump at six feet and four inches and in the long jump, jumping 21 feet and three inches.
GICC track will be back in action Friday April 13 at the Marsh Beck Invite in Minden. The first event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.