This CB prodigy has been lighting it up on the trails and setting all time records for the school. With his revealing blue shorts and flaming red hair, Michael Sparks (’16) has caught the eye of the CB community with his impressive finishes at his past few meets. By coming in sixth and seventh overall in […]
This CB prodigy has been lighting it up on the trails and setting all time records for the school.
With his revealing blue shorts and flaming red hair, Michael Sparks (’16) has caught the eye of the CB community with his impressive finishes at his past few meets.
By coming in sixth and seventh overall in three of his last four meets, Michael has surpassed his personal best times from last season. He and his father trained hard all summer, putting Michael in better shape than he has ever been.
So far, his hard work and dedication has paid off, and his sights are set on going to the state finals.
“I have many goals set for this season,” says Sparks. “I would love to continue running healthy, continue surpassing my times from last year, help the boys varsity team be as competitive as possible at sections, and hopefully make it to state.”
Sparks has not only beat his personal records, he has also set CB school records.
Not only has Michael set high records on the courses, but he also has shown impeccable leadership skills, according to Cross Country Head Coach Mr. Danny Delgado
“Michael Sparks is probably one of the most committed runners I’ve had — ever,” Coach Delgado says. “We set some goals and core values this year: integrity and enthusiasm — that’s Mikey in a nutshell.”
Mr. Delgado explained how Michael’s training this summer put him ahead of almost any other runner he has seen at Christian Brothers and that Michael went the extra mile to train and keep in shape in order to put himself a step ahead of the competition.
“I did a lot of trail running up at Tahoe this summer,” Michael explains. “Even after a minor ankle injury, I jumped back and continued to train all throughout August.”
Coach Delgado sees Michael prospering and setting all time records for the school.
“In my opinion, it is very likely that Mikey will supersede and take over the number one spot of all time here at CB with his times,” says Mr. Delgado. “And we have had some very good runners.”
As just a junior still in preseason, Michael still has a lot of runs left in store. The possibilities are endless for this talented athlete.