Cortland Venters, 10, of Longview will compete in the 200-meter dash at the Hershey's Track & Field Games North American Final today in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

Cortland Venters has already proven himself as one of the fastest 10-year-olds in Texas. Today, the 10-year-old from Longview will attempt to make a name for himself on the national stage.

Venters, a member of the East Texas Track Club, will compete in the boys 9-10 200-meter dash at the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final. The event will be held at the Henry Hershey Field on the campus of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennslyvania.

“He’s a good kid,” ET Track Club coach Barbara Granberry said. “He’s got his head on straight. He knows what he wants and how he’s going to get there.”

Venters had the fastest time in Texas for the 200-meter dash. He considers the 200 and 400 his strongest events, but a week ago he competed in the 2012 National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Baltimore and finished second.

That experience, along with his overall preparation, has boosted his confidence heading into this weekend’s meet.

“I’m not nervous,” he said. “I’ve had four or five meets this summer to prepare for this.”

Venters has been competing in track for three years. He does not participate in any other sport.

This is the 35th anniversary of the Hershey’s Track & Field Games, which provides boys and girls ages 9-14 the opportunity to learn and develop the skills required to participate in basic track and field events.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

Q: Years competing in summer track?

A: Three

Q: Hobbies?

A: Running

Why do you compete in track & field?

A: So I can travel.

Q: Proudest moment(s)?

A: Whenever I get gold medals. I got a lot of gold medals.

Q: Goal?

A: To set a world record in the 400 meters.

Q: Favorite place to run/compete?

A: Bobcat Stadium in Hallsville

Q: Favorite movie?

A: “Avatar”

Q: Favorite food?

A: Hamburgers

Q: Favorite song?

A: “All I Want To do Is Win”

Q: Plans for the future?

A: To win for the USA.

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