Schwartz prioritizes hard work for success
Posted by : August 17, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
The Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE-If it’s not hard, it’s not worth doing.
This is the attitude Eustace senior cross country runner Preston Schwartz comes with to practice every morning. And morning comes early for Eustace cross country runners.
Schwartz, along with the rest of the varsity team, arrive ready to train at 6:25 a.m. When many people are still counting sheep with the sandman, Schwartz has already kicked his routine into full gear. This is one of the numerous reasons the Bulldogs have been so successful. Schwartz doesn’t just understand the price of hard work and dedication; he embraces it.
“I love the constant dedication it requires to be good at cross country,” Schwartz said. “Other sports rely more on physical ability or talent, but cross country is all about the heart. Success in this sport mostly depends on how much the person wants it.”
And Schwartz wants it. The Bulldogs have tasted success, earning a place on the podium in the State Championship meet the past two years. He shows his dedication to his sport and fellow runners by coming to practice twice a day, putting in the extra work to gain and maintain top form and keeping a strict sleep and diet schedule.
“If you’re not sleeping enough, then you won’t run well,” he said. “It’s one of those little things that helps build the big things.”
He can easily run 10 miles a day between the two regular practices– four miles in the morning and 6 after school.
Every Monday the team issues what it calls a “distance challenge,” where the length of the run is amped up to 7-9 miles to push the runner’s limits.
Schwartz’s plans following high school graduation are to attend Texas A&M University, run a marathon and possibly join ROTC.
Schwartz is an Aggie at heart.
“Texas A&M is basically the one and only school I want to attend,” he said. “If I don’t get in, then I’ll go to an affiliate college.”
His reason for liking A&M are the same as his dedication to running.
“I really like tradition and hard work, I think they do that well,” he said. “I’m also thinking about joining ROTC, and they have a rich tradition of cadets there.”