Camp Verde athlete of the week increases leadership role | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Camp Verde athlete of the week increases leadership role | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Camp Verde High track and field senior captain Alana Neary is not just leading when it comes to performance.

Cowboys head coach Mike O’Callaghan said Neary leads by example and vocally.

“She’s done really well, both in her events and just as a member of the team,” O’Callaghan said. “She’s really stepped up team wise and taken on a good leadership role. She’ll get on the kids’ case if they’re messing around, so it’s not always the coach saying ‘come one, we gotta focus,’ she will take that upon herself to do, to say that.”

Neary competes in the 100 high hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump and is likely fill in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Neary earned a personal record at Wickenburg to start the season and provisionally qualified for state in the triple jump at NPA Skydome Classic with jump of 29-06.25.

“We’re targeting 31 feet,” O’Callaghan said. “It’ll be a little under two feet total improvement but what the heck? She’s agreeing that if you’re gonna shoot for it, shoot big, don’t just go for inches.”

She was crowned Colonel’s Daughter last fall.

“In general, she’s a great kid, I really like her, outside of the track aspect of it, she’s very pleasant, just a nice person to know,” O’Callaghan said.

VVN: So how’s the season been going?

It’s going pretty good, it’s going I think better than last because we’re building up to the hard stuff and it’s definitely better at preventing shin splints. Last year I already had them and that sucked.

VVN: How about for you personally, how has the season gone?

I think it’s going good, like I…

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