By Ricardo Mendez IStaff Writer|
Jackeline Felix, a senior kinesiology major from Fontana, has plenty of experience as she competed in track and field all four years in high school, where she was awarded all-Sunkist league honors.
At her high school, Felix was named MVP for not only cross country but track distance as well.
“It’s such a big influence in the Inland Empire,” said Team Captain Felix.
Now track and field practices
is six times a week.
Practice was held Wednesday afternoon with up to 55-mph wind conditions.
Interim Head Coach, Tom Burleson, selected Felix as team captain and Patricia Cortez as her co-captain.
Felix’s best mile time is five minutes and 53 seconds.
Not only does Felix have track experience but also carries important leadership skills. Sports has helped Felix come out of her shell.
“I’ve learned to voice my opinion,” said Felix.
Felix comes from a family of six, allowing her to practice leadership among her siblings.
She has a busy schedule as she not only tries to ace all of her classes and direct a team but she also works part-time at the Osher Adult Re-entry center on campus.
Felix also interns at the Riverside athletics’ center.
“I woke up at 5 a.m. this morning to make it at 6 a.m.,” said Felix.
The track and field program at CSUSB started this season, putting CSUSB at a disadvantage.
“We are practicing as much as the other schools but we did not recruit as much,” Felix answered when asked about competing against other schools who have a longer standing program.
Even with disadvantages, Felix still thinks the team can go far.
“I give a big props for them doing so well,” said Felix when asked about her teammates.
The future looks bright for the track and field team as they will now recruit high school athletes, according to Felix.
Felix expresses nothing but devotion for her teammates.
When she was finished with the interview she clamored, “shout-out to the sprinters.”
After her time at CSUSB, Felix plans to pursue a career as an occupational therapist.
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