For Pueblo Central’s Jacson Carroll, track and field runs in the family. The senior Wildcat has always had an affinity for the sport and has worked hard to compete at a high level both locally and beyond. With talent and a supportive family behind him, Carroll has managed to secure his place as one of the city’s top track and field athletes.
A passion for running may not be common in all households, but in Carroll’s it’s the norm. His parents – with Jamaican and Alabama connections respectively – are both incredibly competitive and athletics have been their solution for channeling their energy. They then passed that passion to their son, who decided to join his school’s track and field team in order to stay active during the spring.
Though initially just trying to stay fit and have fun, Carroll’s natural talent and knack for the sport quickly shone through and he became a champion of the South-Central League city championship last year. He competes in both the 4×100-meter relay and the 100-meter dash alongside the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Carroll’s enthusiasm for the sport is highlighted in his long jump event, which he calls “for dummies” as he has said he is most comfortable and successful in that event.
Though running and training can be challenging, Carroll emphasizes the importance of pushing through it in order to feel a sense of accomplishment. The senior also has his sights set on college and beyond, with plans to attend Colorado State University Fort Collins as well as future reunions with old friends.
In particular, Kyle Bigley’s enthusiasm about Carroll joining the university’s track and field team has encouraged the Wildcat to pursue his goals and the opportunity to join an existing team at the next level.
No matter where he ends up, Carroll certainly has come far from the track and field novice he was just a few years ago, to the city and state champion he is today. With the help of his family and friends, the senior has demonstrated that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.