Daily News spotlight athletes: Thomas Jefferson's Byron Minous, West Mifflin's Deilona DeVaughn
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School: Thomas Jefferson
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: Minous placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.20 seconds at the Tri-State meet at West Mifflin on Saturday and ran a 15.0 at West Mifflin in a dual meet April 16. The junior also plays football and wrestles for the Jaguars.
”He really has done a wonderful job this year,” coach Kevin Gennaula said. “His best event is the 110-meter hurdles, and we expected him to be one of the better hurdlers in that event, and he has been. Anything can happen in the WPIALs, and he has a very good chance at being a WPIAL champion or at least get into the top four and make it to the state meet.”
What are your favorite events?
The 110-meter hurdles is my favorite. I feel like it's my best event and the one I enjoy the most. It's a fun one. There's always a lot of competition in it, too.
What do you want to accomplish this year?
I wanted to improve my hurdle this year and get it down into the 14.0 range. For the team, we just wanted to improve as a whole and get better all around.
What do you do to prepare for a meet?
I normally prepare the same way each time. I stretch and then do some hurdle warm-ups as well. I jog some laps and listen to music to get in the zone. Sometimes I listen to hip-hop, sometimes I listen to techno. It depends on what kind of mood I'm in before the meet. I always get excited before a meet.
What sport do you like best?
I play football and I wrestle. I like track the most, though. It's the most fun, and it keeps me in shape.
What's your favorite movie?
I really like the movie ‘Immortals.' I like Greek mythology, and that's what it's about.
What do you need to do to get to the WPIAL and PIAA meets?
I just need to work hard. If I do, I feel like I have a good chance to make it. It's something I'd really like to do. My primary goal for this season was to make it past WPIALs and into states.
School: West Mifflin
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: DeVaughn won the discus at the Tri-State track meet last Saturday at West Mifflin's Titan Stadium, with a distance of 127 feet, 2 inches. The junior also finished second in the shot put event with a distance of 36-4. She set new school records in the shot put (38-3) and the discus (127-2) earlier this season.
“She is a great athlete,” coach Mike Mazzarese said, “and that is what I think helps her excel at throwing. She's also starting to trust in her coach, Marc Gambino, a lot more, and I think that has helped her concentrate a little more. We have very high expectations for her.”
What are your favorite events?
I like the discus the most because I think it's more exciting. I like spinning around; it's a rush of excitement. Then, I get to see how far my throw was.
How did it feel to set school records for the shot put and discus?
It felt great. Breaking records like those have been lifetime goals of mine.
How did you get into track?
I just decided I wanted to try it one day in middle school. I tried it, and I loved it.
What are your favorite and least favorite classes?
My favorite class is trigonometry. It's more challenging than my other classes. My least favorite class is physics. I don't like it as much because it's too similar to math. I wish it was more like a science class.
Who is the toughest opponent your team will face?
Our toughest opponent has been Elizabeth Forward. They have really good runners and really good throwers. There just aren't a lot of teams that have both like that.
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