Track: Not letting history repeat

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Christian Isaac

Christian Isaac. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Christian Isaac missed out on the chance to go to state last year at the 4A Region II meet.

The Decatur senior pulled his left hamstring running anchor in the 4×400 relay, negatively impacting his time in several events. Isaac ran a 2:08.71 in the 800 – more than eight seconds slower than his third-place time at area.

He was determined to not let history repeat itself this season.

Isaac clocked a personal-best 1:56.44 at the regional meet last weekend to claim the bronze medal and earn a wild card berth at the UIL State Championships.

“It means a great deal to me because last year I came up short, not because of what I did, but because of what happened to me [with the injury],” Isaac said. “It definitely helped me stay on task. I just always think in my head ‘If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.'”

Isaac will compete at the UIL track and field championships May 12 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Teammate Triston Read also ran a personal best at regionals and was neck-and-neck with Isaac for most of the race. He finished in 1:56.59, placing fourth.

Isaac credited Read for pushing him throughout the season.

“Midseason when I wasn’t feeling well, he was the one who helped [me] keep the pace and not quit,” Isaac said. “Having him on my hip definitely helped.”

Before the area meet, Isaac experienced hip flexors and quadriceps issues. He ran a 2:01.35 to finish third – his slowest time since the middle of March.

Read finished ahead of Isaac in second place. Isaac said his nagging late-season health problems started to worry him, but Read kept providing encouragement.

“He helped me not give up,” Isaac said. “It had me scared, [but] I was eating well, training well and taking care of myself, so I just tried to stay positive and that helped.”

Going into the 4A final, Isaac is seeded third.

“I just feel proud to be able to represent Decatur and my family,” Isaac said. “I’d love to go down there and bring back a medal.”

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