Golden Rams track getting ready for Nationals

Golden Rams track getting ready for Nationals
Distance Runners coach Robert Smith speaking about his runner, Joshua and his first appearance at Nationals (Source: WALB)
Distance Runners coach Robert Smith speaking about his runner, Joshua and his first appearance at Nationals (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany State Track and Field team has been a hot topic the last few years.

This year, is no different.

With a two-time National champion returning to the big stage, and a school record breaker making his debut, the Golden Rams, are definitely finding their rhythm.

"It feels good." said 800-meter runner Joshua Ajiero. "Like I said, wanted to work hard, get to nationals. Me and my coach, he hasn't been. So, better compliment."

The Tift County native broke the school record for the 800-meter run.

A record held since 1994.

To make nationals and break a school record may be a milestone for Joshua, his coach, said he knew it was going to happen.

"I saw it early this season. That was another goal. First to make nationals, the second goal was to win the conference, and he did it, third goal was to break the school record. So, I saw it. I saw his determination."

For a two-time national champion like Cervantes to return to try and reclaim his titles one again, he said it still gets to him.

Much like the chills the Bainbridge native receives when he thinks back to that moment he claimed victory.

"Oh my God," said two-time national champion Cervantes Jackson, "basically what I just experienced right just then. That felt good. And that's how I feel every time. I bust out in tears, tears of joy when I first won."

These two have worked together and will now have the chance to bring home national titles to Albany.

Definitely a dream come true.

If they could say anything to those who may be feeling like something is impossible, it's this.

"In one word?" said Cervantes. "Perseverance. Perseverance. You gotta keep pushing. Gotta keep pushing. Even though when you hurt, gotta keep pushing."

Albany State has two weeks for other team members to meet either their time or mark to qualify for nationals.

Nationals begins May 24th and will end on the 26th and will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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