LAS CRUCES - Tim Young doesn't know anything but hard work and he wants to keep improving.
Maybe that's why the Oñate High School junior track and field standout is emerging as one of the city's best and a serious threat to do some damage at the Class 5A state track and field meet in May.
He's already qualified for state in the high jump with a mark of 6'3''. He finished seventh in that event a season ago. He's also trying to qualify for the long jump and triple jump.
My goal is to get first in the high jump this year and to qualify for the others, Young said. I've worked hard in the offseason and that hard work has paid off. I really want to do well at the state meet. I've been pretty consistent so far this season, I definitely want to keep that up the rest of the year and be at my best come May.
It's been a season of consistency so far for Young. At the Gadsden meet, he finished first in the long jump and second in the high jump, at the Andres meet he was third in the long jump and fourth in the high jump, at the Alamogordo meet he was second in the high jump and third in the long jump and at the Silver meet last week, he was first in the high jump, second in the long jump and third in the triple
Tim has worked really hard this year, Knights coach David Nunez said. He's getting better all the time in the various events. He's really been consistent and he has a lot of goals in mind. It's nice to see that his hard work has paid off so far this season. If he can keep working and stay healthy, he'll do just fine as we get closer to district and state meets. He's made remarkable improvement from last year and I expect him to place this year.
Young's earned 47 points in the jumping events since the start of the season, he's currently the fourth best high jumper in 5A and he has received an invite to the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions to perform in the high jump on April 14 in Albuquerque.
Young credits his mother Donna Young with how much he has improved on and off the field over the years.
My mother has been a huge influence in my life, Young said. She's done a lot of good things in her life and she's worked hard to be the best that she can be and that's rubbed off on me.
Young has five more meets to qualify for the triple and long jump events. This Friday, the Knights host their own Invite at the Field of Dreams.
I can always be better in each event, Young said. I like competing. I've been involved in track and field for a few years now and I've really learned to enjoy the sport and it's my favorite competition. Next fall, I hope to play soccer and kick for the football team.
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