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All-Area Boys Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Deuce Crawford, Heritage – Lynchburg News and Advance

Deuce Crawford

EVENTS: 55 Dash, 300 Dash

ALL-STAR STUFF: Here’s a testament to Deuce Crawford’s hard work and dedication. There was a time when the Heritage standout didn’t like running the 300 dash. But he eventually learned to love it and then became one of the best athletes to compete in that event in the state as a senior. The quiet, reserved speedster had quite a day on March 1 at the Class 3 indoor state championships. First, he sped to the finish line in the 55-meter dash in 6.37 seconds, besting Abingdon’s Xander Brown by three-hundredths of a second. It was an event Crawford was determined to win, after finishing third his sophomore year and second his junior year. In the 300 dash, the Heritage standout was victorious in another nail-biter, running a 34.98 to Brown’s 35.00. Crawford also won the 4×200 relay with teammates Jaidyn Johnson, Zach Steele and Kam Burns, capping a three-year state title run for the Pioneers in that event. The football and track standout left high school this spring with seven state track titles. He accomplished all those feats not only because of his talent, but because of his devotion to practice and desire to constantly improve. Now he’s headed to sprint at Appalachian State. 

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Q: You had a really successful junior year, and just kept getting better as a senior. What do you consider to be the difference between your junior and senior seasons?

A: Sophomore year I got third in the 55, junior year I got second behind Davis Lane. So I made it personal this year to get first, and that’s what I did. I also got first in the 300. I didn’t really like the 300 my freshman and sophomore years, but I took it more serious senior year and was able to place first in that as well.

Q: When did it really click for you that the 300 was something you were really good at?

A: In the offseason, definitely. I was talking with [assistant coach Shawn] Webb and Don [Alexander, head track coach] and they pushed me more. Also, colleges wanted me to do other stuff. You can’t just do the 55.

Q: Those three victories, including the 4×200, was that really special for you?

A: Yeah, it was. Last indoor state meet, I wanted to finish out pretty good. I wanted to finish the relay with Zach [Steele]. Hopefully, Zach can get another one next year. But I was able to go out with three relays, 4×2 three times to add to the 55 and 300.

Q: Did you guys just have a good connection on the 4×200 relay squad?

A: Yeah, me and Zach have been on the relay since he was a freshman. That event was really special to us. And to come out on top these past three years, it really was special for us.

Q: I think the 55 dash is such an interesting event. Tactically, did your preparations change for that event as your got older?

A: Definitely. I’ve never been the best out of blocks, so when I’m in practice I make sure to spend go hard in the blocks and get extra time in …….

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Deuce Crawford

EVENTS: 55 Dash, 300 Dash

ALL-STAR STUFF: Here’s a testament to Deuce Crawford’s hard work and dedication. There was a time when the Heritage standout didn’t like running the 300 dash. But he eventually learned to love it and then became one of the best athletes to compete in that event in the state as a senior. The quiet, reserved speedster had quite a day on March 1 at the Class 3 indoor state championships. First, he sped to the finish line in the 55-meter dash in 6.37 seconds, besting Abingdon’s Xander Brown by three-hundredths of a second. It was an event Crawford was determined to win, after finishing third his sophomore year and second…….

Deuce Crawford

EVENTS: 55 Dash, 300 Dash

ALL-STAR STUFF: Here’s a testament to Deuce Crawford’s hard work and dedication. There was a time when the Heritage standout didn’t like running the 300 dash. But he eventually learned to love it and then became one of the best athletes to compete in that event in the state as a senior. The quiet, reserved speedster had quite a day on March 1 at the Class 3 indoor state championships. First, he sped to the finish line in the 55-meter dash in 6.37 seconds, besting Abingdon’s Xander Brown by three-hundredths of a second. It was an event Crawford was determined to win, after finishing third his sophomore year and second…….

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