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Local youth track team aim to participate in LSU competition

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Posted at 11:14 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 00:31:48-05

CORPUS CHRSITI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Dragons are a local youth track team, and they have made great strides in their competitions.

The Dragons have a big meet in Louisiana, but travel, and other needs, can get expensive.

“Just work hard, keep your mindset to a positive point, help others out, don't be a selfish player,” said team member Jay Ryan.

With each stretch, the Corpus Christi Dragons know that when it comes to practice, that means it's time to work.

“Compete, fight, fight for your spot," said teammate Josiah Lewis. "I feel like you can't get anything without fighting, so just keep competing in anything you do.”

The team range in ages from 4 years old to 18 years old, and their hard work has landed them a change to showcase their skills at a huge competition hosted by Louisiana State University.

“I try to not focus on them, I try to focus on the track of where I'm going,” said Hailey Garcia.

For some, this will be their first time going.

“If you're not focused on what you need to do, your mind is everywhere else," said Reagon Tatum. "You're not ready for what's going to happen.”

The team said as they compete, there are a things such as staying focused, working together and listening to their parents and coaches.

“Our coaches are really hard on us, but they do it because they love us, so they just want us to mold for the best," said Daivya Garcia. "They just want us to be really great at it,”

The team said the community can help by attending its upcoming benefit that runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22, at 7002 S. Staples Street.

“I'm extremely proud of this group of athletes," said head coach David Garcia. "They bring a tremendous amount talent to the platform I think we're defiantly going to have something to offer -- put something on the table when we show up to LSU.”