By Staff Writer Ethan Acevedo
Graphics by Marthin Mandig
With Timberline’s track season in full swing, many athletes are physically and mentally preparing for their dual meets and eventually their district meet. For sophomore, Noah Cunningham, this is no mystery. “I’ve been doing track since I was in seventh grade… and I’ve been doing it every year since,” said Cunningham. For Cunningham, track is much more than a way to stay fit and is a way to maintain and improve his speed and strength throughout the year. “Honestly, [track] helps me get better at football by helping me get faster and faster every year,” said Cunningham. “[It also lets me] push myself to the limits.”
Cunningham’s favorite events are the sprint distances of the 4×100 meter relay and the 100 meter dash. These events compliment towards Cunningham’s football career and allow him to continue conditioning his speed and acceleration during the off-season of his football season. Some of Cunningham’s favorite things about track are its competitive aspects and the camaraderie of running and competing alongside everyone on the team.
Last year in 2018, Cunningham took 9th place in the 100 meter dash at Districts and is currently the fastest 100 meter dash runner at Timberline as of 2019’s season. Cunningham plans on continuing his track career throughout high school and possibly into college. However, for Cunningham, his football career takes precedence over his track career and is set on continuing his football career through high school, college, and possibly into the NFL.