It took approximately one year, a lot of hard work and practicing nearly ever day, but with her appearance in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Region III-5A Track Meet, junior Arianna West of the Humble High School track team did what she set out to do for a whole year.
She fulfilled a dream and a promise to her late mother..
A year ago, after the regional track meet, Brianna promised her mother, Latasha, she would make it to the state meet in Austin in 2017. Sadly, last July and before she could see her daughter’s dream come true, Latasha died of lupus.
But on April 30, Arianna sprinted the 100-meter dash and became a qualifier for the UIL State Track and Field meet in Austin.
In an emotional moment, her father, Charles West, hurried onto the track and embraced his daughter.
“I promised [her mother] that I was going to make it to state this year,” Arianna said with tears flowing. “That’s what we talked about. That was our dream.”
Charles West, who is also the Humble High School football head coach, gave credit to Humble ISD for being great to his family since he arrived.
“Humble ISD has been phenomenal to us, my family. I love this district; we’ve been through a whole lot and the administrators and the core staff have really stood by us, the kids, the community have really stood by us as far as just lifting us up,” West said.
“All the hard work, all the hardships that we’ve been through this past year. It’s been eight months since I lost my mom,” Arianna said. “I lost her just a few weeks after my birthday. It’s just been really hard and that was my drive for this whole season.”
Her father acknowledged that loss.
“At the same time, we feel we have to give this community everything that we got and we have to offer. I do that as a coach and as a father figure to these kids and my daughter does that by being a good student athlete.”
Ever since Arianna qualified for the state meet, the excitement has been building for her in the days leading up to the race.
“I just can’t wait to run and just have fun ... and just do my best,” Arianna said. You may notice her wearing a black headband and a purple ribbon; her effort to bring attention to the disease that killed her mother.
In a similar manner, her father Charles, come the day of competition, wants to see Brianna just do what she does best; run.
Arianna also qualified for state in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.60 later that day.
With Arianna competing in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, she said she trains for the races similarly, but the distances make race strategy somewhat different.
“I get ready for both in sort of similar ways, but the 100 is just straight out fast,” Arianna said. “But in the two, it’s a fast two, but I kind of build up my speed in the curve and in the straight I go full out.”
Arianna went on to take bronze at the state meet in Austin over the weekend, the first Humble sprinter to do so in 10 years.
She also is on the Humble volleyball team and participates in relays and the high jump.
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