Garces' Cameron Roberson sticks with track and wins gold at valley earning AOTW honors

Posted at 6:04 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 02:48:13-04

Garces senior Cameron Roberson is used to the big lights. From his time on the gridiron to his time on the track, this week he finally picked up something he'd been chasing for four years.

At this weekend's Valley Championships, Roberson pulled away in the 200 meter to earn the title 'fastest in the valley.' He described the feeling of winning as a big weight off his shoulder beacuse, "That's what you're chasing when you walk into high school is a valley championship and when I finally achieved my goal I was just relieved."

While the relief comes from falling short at last year's title, 3rd year coach Jesse Pena says it was earned with a different mindset. "You can see the relaxation in his form when he runs. You can tell he runs with more ease than he ever has," Pena said. 

It would be easy to assume running has always been a passion project but in the Spring of his sophomore year he nearly walked away from the sport. "I came out for track and I felt like I was missing a lot of football so I tried to quit," he said.

Coach Pena tried to talk him out of the decision but said he was too interested in football.  So enter head football coach AJ Gass who doesn't remember exactly what he said but remembers thinking it was unacceptable for such a talent to be wasted. "It's extremely important to have our best athletes contribute to as many programs as they can," he said. 

The rest is history and next week Roberson will hope to write a little more at the state meet. "I go to win," he said. "Really I want to go and run a better time than I did at valley so if I go and can run a better time I think I should do well."

The state meet will be held at Buchanan High School in Clovis with qualifying events starting Friday June 2nd.


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