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Beatty track runner strives to be the best

Beatty track long-distance runner Jose Granados worked hard last year as a freshman runner, concluding his first year of high school track at the Nevada state track finals. But he wasn’t finished.

His success as a freshman inspired him to continue working during the summer, so he signed up to work out with a Las Vegas track club at Cimarron Memorial High School.

These workouts led him to travel to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kansas this year.

The 51st USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships were held at Rock Chalk Park, the home of Kansas Track and Field, in Lawrence from July 24-July 30. Some 10,000 athletes from the ages of 7-17 were involved.

The excitement was a bit overwhelming for him but he feels he did his best.

“I felt good,” he said. “You just had to be there to experience the feeling. The crowds were exciting. I am now even more confident now that I ran there.”

Granados ran in the 1,500-meter run and finished 14th in the country in his age division.

“There were 63 runners in my division,” Granados said. “I finished fourth in my heat out of 15 runners.”

This is just one more feather in his hat. At the Nevada Class 1A State Track and Field finals in May of this year Granados ran in two events, the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200, finishing second (4 minutes, 47.70 seconds) in the 1,600 and third (10:31.32) in the 3,200.

His goal is to win the Nevada Class 1A State Track finals.

Granados thanked his following sponsors for making the trip possible: Centerra Nevada, Longstreet Casino, Northwest Academy, Saddleback Orchard and Ponderosa Dairy.

Contact sports editor Vern Hee at vhee@pvtimes.com

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