The Italy Junior High Track Team sports their medals from Gateway

Image: They ran their hearts out and walked away Champions. — Plaques from the Dallas Gateway track meet display the dominating performance turned in by the Italy Junior High Track Team on March 12. The Italy Junior High Gladiators and Lady Gladiators won all four divisions, including a 1st Place finish by the 7th Grade Boys 4×400 meter relay team.

They ran their hearts out and walked away Champions. — Plaques from the Dallas Gateway track meet display the dominating performance turned in by the Italy Junior High Track Team on March 12. The Italy Junior High Gladiators and Lady Gladiators won all four divisions, including a 1st Place finish by the 7th Grade Boys 4×400 meter relay team. (Barry Byers)

The Italy Junior High Track Team received their medals previously earned at the Gateway Track Meet on March 12 from Coach Stephen Coleman on Thursday.

The IJH Track Team dominated all four divisions: 7th Girls, 7th Boys, 8th Girls and 8th Boys at the Gateway meet.

Coach Coleman dished out compliments almost as fast as the kids sprinted around the track by saying, “I’ve never seen a track team win all four divisions at a meet, it was quite an accomplishment. We have the hardest working group of Junior High girls in the state, believe it. The boys have a nice balance of speed and power and have been eager to put in the extra work after practice to improve their skills. Everyone’s commitment showed at Gateway and I’m just really proud of the kids.”

“We went to Dallas just hoping to do well and we came back the champs,” stated Tristan Smithwick.

Deiondre Cockran added, “I’m proud of the whole team, from the 7th grade girls to my 8th grade teammates, for representing the gold and white.”

Go Italy Junior High!

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