AUSTIN – Pearland Shadow Creek High School sprinter Ashton O’Conner, a transfer from Lamar, showed off his gift of speed when he ran away with a gold medal in the Class 5A boys’ 100-meter dash at the UIL State Track Meet.
O’Conner’s 10.48 time in the state final and 10.3 time in the regional meet proves he can run with the best of them on the track or the football field. O’Conner, a multi-talented athlete, also plays wide receiver, kick returner and running back on the Shadow Creek football team.
Though O’Conner has not received a Division II football offer, his passion for the game is evident and he has proven to be one of the fastest recruits in the state.
“Recruit me,” he said, in a message to recruiters. “I am here. See my Hudl [online and mobile platform] game film if you need it.”
The Defender spoke with O’Conner after his gold medal-performance about his running style, keys to success and why he reiterates the trust factor.
Defender: How do you describe your style as a runner?
O’Conner:Really, I just trust me. I do what I have been doing. I pray and I put my trust in God who leads me through everything.
Defender: What were your keys to success in you 10.3-second regional round victory?
O’Conner:Trust my training, keep my faith in God and do what I do. Finish my race no matter what.
Defender: How were you able to keep your win streak going throughout the track playoffs?
O’Conner:Keep grinding, keep recovering and trust in my team and my coaches.
Defender: Walk us through the state championship race and how were you able to capture the gold?
O’Conner:I prayed. God led my mind to focus to do what I needed to do, I got out and finished.
Defender: How were you able to make a successful transition as a transfer your senior season?
O’Conner:Trusting my coaches, trusting my team, never doubting them and always picking them up as a team in the 4×100-meter. Without them I wouldn’t be here because they pushed me in practice and so did my coaches and my family.
Defender: What advice do you have for a younger runner who wants to achieve the type of victory you did at state?
O’Conner:Everyone has good days just like everybody has bad days. You have to put your faith in God and trust your training.
College status: Uncommitted
Offers:Division II/junior college track offers
Shout-outs:“My mom, team and God”