Jackson’s Arias runs away with title | Track and field

Senior wraps up high school track career with three medals
By David Pan | Jun 01, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Daniel Arias pulls away from the field in the 400 finals.

Daniel Arias is well-known for his accolades on the football field, including being a standout wide receiver with a full-ride scholarship to University of Colorado waiting for him once he graduates.

On Saturday, May 26, the Jackson senior left his legacy elsewhere in the school’s record book, this time with his showing during the state track meet.

“Ever since I did track I’ve always had that mindset to work hard and set records at my school,” Arias said. “I’m doing track just to stay in shape for football, just because I know next year there’s going to be some top players I’m against.”

Despite the future in football that awaits him, Arias qualified for four state track events including the 100-, 200-, 400-meter events and the 1,600 relay.

While unable to qualify for the finals in the 100, Arias finished fourth in the 200, seventh in the 1,600 relay, and won a state championship in his signature event, the 400.

“Ever since last year, I was bummed out taking second place [in the 400 meter], so I had a clear mindset. I did off-season training and I was working all season for this,” Arias said.

Arias grabbed his state title with a time of 49.2 seconds, nearly a half-second faster than his nearest competitor. But the fleet-footed senior continued to push himself through the race’s final stretch.

“I heard footsteps and that just made me keep going faster,” Arias said. “Even though there was no one in front me I still had to push myself, even if it might burn.”

By qualifying in three events, Arias left himself with a busy schedule on Saturday. His keys to success were taking each race one at a time and not getting ahead of himself.

In addition to Arias’ 1,600 relay teammates – Connor Flynn, Bradley Wilson and Lucas Robert, the Timberwolves had senior Tia Christensen throw for a sixth-place finish in the discus. Seniors Mateo Rivera and Joseph Skoog competed in the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively.

Two other Jackson seniors hurdled their way into the state meet, Theo Davis qualified for state in the 110 hurdles, as did his senior teammate Flynn who competed in the 300 hurdles. Pole vault jumper Dakota Burwell also qualified for the state meet to culminate his junior year.

As for Arias, the future Buffalo remains focused solely on football, but he didn’t close the door on a return to the track.

“Maybe down the road I’ll do track,” he said.

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