Salute To Seniors: Angel Coburn - West Orange


What was your most memorable meet?
My most memorable meet would have to be the Lake Highland Prep meet. I went into the meet not feeling too well because I was coming down with a cold and my throat was killing me. On top of that my grandparents were there to watch me. I didn't run too well in the prelims and ran times that I had run my sophomore yea which made me worry a bit. In the end I  ended up running a PR in the 200 and the 400.
Where did you face your biggest competition?
My biggest competion was at the 4A regional meet when I went up against my good friends Jose Santana, Brylon Slay, and Reggie Glover in the 400m. They are all extremely capable athletes and I was so nervous going into the meet.
Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most?
The one that stands out the most to me is simply making it to states two years in a row and beating my personal records when it counted the most.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
I would begin with answering one question differently. My freshman year the football coach asked me, "Are you a football player who runs track,or a track runner who plays football?" Back then I chose being a football player. I would have run alot more in the "off season" and made getting better at track and field a priority.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Throughout highschool track I had a few minor injuries that wouldn't take me out for a season, but only a few weeks. It made it hard to make progress with my speed and strength when I had to keep making up ground and "coming back".
What will you miss the most?
I will miss alot about highschool track. I'm going to miss the friends i made during those four years. I'm going to miss the chilling under the tent waiting for my event to be called. I'm really going to miss the jokes during warmup at practice. Most of all im going to miss the dreaded feeling I got right before a mondy practice.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes? 
The most important advice I can give to younger athletes as well as anyone is to be thankful to God for your gifts and the opportunity to even run. Listen to your coaches. They are the ones in charge of your workout. Don't let your grades slip trying to focus on sports. School comes first.
What are your college plans? 
After what seemed like forever, and I started to think I might not get into college for track, i was blessed with a scholarship to George Mason University.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
I want to say thank you to God for giving me the gifts I have and keeping me healthy. I want to thank my coaches. Coach Mitchell, you gave me this opportunity with GMU. Coach White, without your coaching, I wouldn't have ran the times I did and i would still probably be stuck in the 49 mids. I want to thank my parents for filming just about every race I've ever run, for supporting me with all the decisions I made, and letting me be the young adult I am.