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Humility, ambition shape track and field jumper

Most of the world watched Usain Bolt as he coasted through the finish line of the 100 meter dash in the 2008 Olympic Games. Within the last 20 meters of the race, it was obvious that Bolt was going to win. As he crossed the finish line, Bolt pounded his chest, knowing that all eyes were on him as he set a new world record.

All athletes who accomplish success have their own way of breathing everything in and soaking up the glory they have recieved. It is not uncommon to see athletes celebrate outwardly and make it known to their audience that they have won. However, there is something different about an athlete who has success and yet remains silent.

Senior Josiah Ford has participated in track and field for six years. During his last year in high school sports, Ford has seen success in the triple jump by winning six out of the past eight meets. With each meet, Ford advances his personal record, which also advances the overall school record. Despite this success, Ford shows no sign of outward celebration as he competes, and remains silent as if nothing has happened.

“The reason I don’t really show anything is because I have a personal goal set for the season and, so far, I’ve been winning some of the meets but it’s not the personal goal,” Ford said. “So it’s good but it’s just another step forward but it’s not anything to celebrate over. I’m happy [with meet victories] but it’s not the personal goal; there’s still room for improvement.”

Through his track experience, Ford has come to believe that, by himself, he is inadequate and cannot achieve success without God’s help.

“I think, because during track we are physically pushed so hard at times, and sometimes we think there is no way that we can get through this,” Ford said. “During times like this you

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