By Shanna Shernaman |Staff Writer|
CSUSB’s track and field team is full of talented, hard-working athletes. One who stands out is freshman Sinclair Watson.
Watson is competing in her first year of running at the college level and she has already qualified for California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference Championships for both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.
“Running at the college level is way different from high school, there’s a lot more competition which is a good thing. It helps push me to become a better runner,” said Watson.
Although she races against good competition from many different schools, she remains confident in her abilities and determined to run her best.
“When I step on the track I’m a whole different person. I don’t care what other people are ranked as, they can get this work,” continued Watson.
Watson started running her freshman year at Summit High School.
“My dad inspired me to run, he used to run in college at Southern Utah University. I never knew how good I was at it until my father inspired me to do it,” said Watson.
Watson has earned a personal record of 12.37 in the 100-meters and a 25.08 in the 200-meters.
Although she runs the 100-meters and 200-meters, the 200-meters remains her favorite event.
“I feel like I have more time to gain speed and the 100 is a really quick race,” said Watson.
According to Watson, she loves to sprint and maintain an active lifestyle.
During her races, she thinks about all the hard work she puts in day to day, and how she’s “not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”
“This season has been going good so far,” said Watson.
“I’m ready to compete in the CCAA Championships, and to show everyone what I can do,” continued Watson.
According to Watson, she finds her motivation to run from her mother and sister.
“She always tells me she will be my number one fan. Just having her in my life supporting me in everything I do is a blessing in itself,” said Watson.
Watson trains hard to improve her times in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, mainly focusing on her speed.
“I do workouts with small hurdles, parachute, and a speed bag,” said Watson.
“The 200 [meters] I mostly focus on my second end of the race so I do Flying 150’s [meters],” continued Watson.
A parachute and speed bag are specially designed running equipment that are tied to a runner’s waist to help build power.
“My goals are to PR [personal record] in both the 100 [meter] and 200 [meter] and also to qualify in both races,” concluded Watson.
Watson will be competing on May 6 at the CCAA Conference Championships Prelims at California State University, Los Angeles.