Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Leaving soccer behind, Hockaday’s Choucair rolls to 3200 victory
FORT WORTH — Jackie Choucair feels comfortable when she’s running. She enjoys the challenge, the camaraderie she shares with her training group.
Hockaday’s Choucair, winner of the 3200 meters at the SPC track championships Friday with a time of 11:20, enjoys the newness.
This is her first high school track season. Until last summer, she played club soccer year round, her sport of choice all her life.
The last couple of years, her opinion began changing. Choucair, a sophomore, switched teams several times. She couldn’t find a fit. She didn’t get the playing time she wanted.
The politics bogged her down, and the games ceased being fun. After them, she would run for up to 45 minutes. And that was fun.
“I would run out my frustrations,” she said.
Last summer, at a tournament in Oregon, Choucair told her mother she wanted to stop playing soccer. Her new sport? Distance running.
Choucair had excelled in middle school track and cross country, and she has done the same so far for Hockaday. She finished in second place at the SPC cross country meet last fall and dominated Friday at All Saints, defeating second-place Chelsey Sveinsson of Greenhill by 19 seconds.
“Running is so friendly,” she said. “I’ll probably go cool down with Chelsey.”
Choucair was also part of Hockaday’s second-place 4x800 relay team and plans to race in the 800 and 1600 on Saturday.
“We’re trying to win this thing,” she said.
FWCD’s Clifton Harlin sets SPC pole vault record: With the bar set at 14 feet, the vaulters had all been eliminated, except for one. Clifton Harlin of Fort Worth Country Day remained, and he hadn’t even vaulted yet. This event was clearly about him.
He followed up his SPC championship vault last year by repeating and setting an SPC record with a vault of 15-4, bettering the old mark of 15-3.
Harlin said the improvement came from work on speed and strength that he did as a middle linebacker in football season. A senior, he plans to vault next year at Texas A&M.
Briefly: Bryce Holcomb of St. Mark’s won the boys long jump, jumping 22-8. … St. Mark’s, seven-time defending state champ, led the boys team rankings after day one with 60 points, 19 ahead of second place. Hockaday was tied for first with St. John’s at 40 points.