Each year the
students in the journalism program at PHS finish the course by writing press
releases. The class partners with the Princeton Herald to publish the stories.
These are also featured on the district website under Latest Headlines. This
article is written by Adonis Williams.
Senior Lauryn Dixon is following in her mom’s footsteps all the
way to the state track meet. Lauryn is making her third consecutive appearance
after breaking the school record and winning first place in discus and second
place in shot put at regionals.
“My goal when I was younger was always to be like her
growing up, and when I grew up,” Lauryn said. “She was my role model and still
Noticed by a former Clark Junior High track coach,
Lauryn had the opportunity to try out for shot put and discus when she was in
the seventh grade. She soon realized just how much she and her mother were
“My mom did track when she was in high school, and
was also a volleyball player like me for some time,” Lauryn said. “She did shot
put and discus, and threw a 41 and 125.”
Dixon has qualified for state in track and field every year since
her sophomore year, and she explains the feeling gets more thrilling each time.
“Every year has been so nice,” she said. “I am super
excited to compete again this year, and I’m so proud of myself because this
isn’t something easily accomplished.”
Lauryn explains why making it to state the first time was one of
her biggest achievements so far.
“I was just so happy when they announced I made it,
from pure excitement and because I was just a sophomore,” she said. “I was so
young and so many people don’t ever get to experience something like that their
sophomore year. When you compete, you’re competing against juniors and seniors
who are more experienced so I was just so happy.”
Participating in athletics, Lauryn says her mother
has been her biggest supporter through it all by signing her up for club teams
and summer track programs since the 8th grade.
“She has gotten me my own personal coach to train
with, and those have made me become such a better athlete,” Lauryn said. “And
she has helped me become a better one also by putting in all the extra work at
home on our own time.”
Her other big supporters are helping her at school,
and she says they have truly been there for her.
“I thank my coaches definitely, Coach (Susan) Foy and
Coach (Maurice) Hill,” Lauryn said. “They have never stopped pushing me even
through the hard times. And Corde Jackson. She is my long-term best friend who
is basically a sister to me. She has never missed one of my track meets, and
she means the world to me.”
Lauryn threw 148 feet and 5 inches in discus, and
42.2 in shot put for the last regional track meet of her high school career.
“This year, I honestly knew I was going to make it to
state because I worked extremely hard, and that was my goal all along,” Lauryn
said. “This year it wasn’t my goal to go state, it was my goal to win state. I
wasn’t just working to go, I was simply working to win.”
Two weeks ago, Lauryn committed to compete in track
and field at West Texas A&M University in Canyon to start a new chapter in
“The campus is really nice, and
it felt like home already when I visited,” Lauryn said. “It also has cool and
fun activities to participate in and go to around the campus. It’s a 6-hour
drive away from home, but I am more than ready to grow up and get out on my own
to focus on getting my degree.”