Angleton star on a fast-track mission

April 25, 2008 6:49:30 PM PDT
The high school regional track meet's taking place this weekend. Up in Huntsville in the 4A meet, Angleton's D.J. Monroe is looking to go low.Monroe is fast, and he knows it.

He has speed to burn and a competitive fire to match.

"I'm determined to win at everything I do, even if it's a play, I'd be happy," Monroe said.

"He's the athlete that he is, you know, because of what he was born with and how he works it," said Paul Eby, Monroe's coach.

And it shows on the track. The anchor of the Angleton relay teams won the 4A 100 state title as a sophomore. Last year as a junior, Monroe finished seventh at state. He did it on a severely pulled hamstring.

"I decided to go out with a bang in the 100. I was hurt but I wasn't going to get last," he said.

It's that determination that has Monroe favored to reclaim his state title in the 100. He has the fastest wind-aided time in the nation this year. 10.46 seconds at the Victor Lopez Classic. Monroe, who wears No. 1 on the football field, is headed to Texas to play cornerback for the Longhorns. He hasn't told coach Mack Brown yet if he's going to give up track. But Monroe says football is his first love.

"This been my dream since fourth, fifth grade, pretty much," Monroe said.

For Monroe, it's all about reclaiming the state title in the 100 meters and setting his time so low, that everyone notices.

"I'm trying to go for the (state) record, you know. I know it's 10.1, but I'm going to try to get it at state, so I can make it official, you know. I'm just going to try to put it as low as possible, hopefully get it to the 9s," Monroe said.

And if there are still any doubters, Monroe says he's ready.

"I definitely gotta let them know that because there's a lot of people that think they can beat me running. But hey, I didn't put it out there. If they want to race me, they just let me know, and I'll meet them anywhere.

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