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Ernest Graham goes the extra mile

Men’s track and field captain Ernest Graham takes a breather between practices. ||Vincent Fernandez|| [email protected]

On the first sunny day after a week of rain, City College’s men and women’s track teams met at Hughes stadium for practice Tuesday afternoon. Some students conditioned by running up and down the bleachers– others practiced the high jump, or hurled the shot put. The coaches demanded practice runs for the 200-meter dash while Ernest Graham, captain of men’s track and field, rested on the pole-vaulting cushion before his next attempt at the long jump.

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Graham, a social science major, joined the team as a freshman competing in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, the 4×4 (a 1600 meter, four man relay), the long jump, and the high jump. He has been running track since the 8th grade, and even though he was captain of the track team in high school, he never envisioned that he would become captain of a college team.

“The coach appoints the hardest worker [to become captain],” said long jumper Roderick Giles, “[and] the most accountable…[which is] this guy here [Graham]”

The team captain is not only responsible for organizing warm-ups and a practice schedule that ensures his team receives a proper workout with minimal injury– he is also responsible for keeping tabs on his team outside of practice according to Graham.

“Being [team captain] in high school is a part of my ability to lead.”

Graham practices his specialty, the long jump, at Hughes Stadium. ||Vincent Fernandez|| [email protected]

Graham began running track team in 8th grade due to constant encouragement from others.

Graham says that the feeling of pushing himself to perform better than ever brings him back to track and field year after year.

“My most memorable meet was when I jumped at Bakersfield in ’08 or ’09,” he said. “I beat my PR [personal record] in the long jump.”

Graham hopes that his devotion to track and field will earn him a scholarship that will pay his way into a four-year institution.

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