EUREKA HIGH SCHOOL TRACK FEATURE

Tom Batters
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Eureka High School senior Larissa Mooberry, a member of the 4X800 relay team, spends hours on the track each week, ironing out her baton technique and constantly trying to drop even a couple precious hundredths of a second off her time.

“I’ve picked it up in practice,” Mooberry said. “I’ve been working really hard.”

Her coach, Don Samford, is noticing.

“She is starting to drop her times significantly,” he said. “She has had some fantastic workouts recently.”

Mooberry, who smiled and said, “I wasn’t so good at track my freshman year,” said she improved a lot over the past few years.

She qualified for State last year in the 3200 and the 4X800 relay.

This year, the relay is her top event.

“I like that better than an individual race,” she said. “I would rather achieve something as a group, then by myself. And, I like the adrenaline rush of going faster at a shorter distance.”

Samford said Mooberry has a shot at a State bid again this year.

“The biggest thing is her confidence,” he said. “I think she is feeling pretty confident heading into the end of the season.”

Mooberry plans to run track at Lincoln College next year with hopes of earning a scholarship to a four-year college after that.