WHY HE WAS SELECTED:
Plano junior Keegan Cullison won the 60-meter dash in 7.17 seconds, the 200 in 24.13 seconds and ran on the Reapers' 800 relay that won in 1:39.26 to lead Plano to the team championship of the Reed-Custer Comet Classic.
Cullison talked to sports editor Joshua Welge about his start to the season. This is an edited version of the transcript.
Welge: How great was that meet for you personally and the team?
Cullison: I know for me personally getting first in the 60 and 200, and our relay getting first, and as a whole team we placed first and also the girls did, which was great to see. They were both good races for me. I was pretty confident about them going in that I would do well. I just believed in myself and came out on top. I was glad about the results.
Welge: I heard this is only your second year in track. What made you decide to give it a try?
Cullison: The head coach, [Brad] Kunz was trying to get me to join. I had some friends that were telling me to join. I thought I would try it out to see if I could do anything. It went pretty good last year. I knew coming into this year I wanted to do really big things. I worked really hard in the offseason to show out.
Welge: What kind of work?
Cullison: I usually go to the gym every day, lift, whatever it takes to get better in practice, and I eat a good diet.
Welge: What's your diet?
Cullison: It's simple for me. I try to eat a lot of protein, cut out a lot of sugary foods, desserts and pop and stuff. I drink as much water as I can, eat my vegetables.
Welge: How much improvement have you made?
Cullison: Tremendous improvement. This year, I've [set personal records] in all my races. I qualified for indoor state. At the beginning, I just did it for fun and it happened to turn into something I should take seriously.
Welge: What was your reaction when you heard you were ranked No. 1? [he was ranked No. 1 in the 60 in Class 2A, currently ranked No. 1 in the 55]:
Cullison: It's honestly crazy. I'm proud of myself for getting it. Being fast in general, I know I worked hard for it.
Welge: What's your thoughts going into indoor state this weekend?
Cullison: Hopefully trying to place, and just do good. If I could win it would be amazing. It's my first year there. I'm hoping to build off that experience and hopefully get me ready for outdoor season and, of course, next year.