VISTA, Calif. -- From the start of the season, Rancho Buena Vista junior Devon Alvarado set his sights on breaking a school record no one had topped in 18 years.
As motivation, the 16-year-old marked the number 14.40 on his arm -- the time he wanted to reach in the 1-10 hurdles.
"My grandma, she has been telling me the whole year to visualize what you go over for the hurdles. Put a number what you want on your arm," said Alvarado. "So I thought about the school record and thought about where I'm at now and I want to get to 14.40 by the end of the year."
That goal was reached sooner than he imagined. On May 7 against Vista, Alvarado set a new school record and ran a 14.37.
"He is that kind of athlete," said Head Coach Wil Stolpe. "He came out as a sophomore and made it all the way to State. Super talented. We are finding out more and more he can do just about everything."
Alvarado also high jumps and long jumps, kicks for the football team and plays soccer. In just his second year of track, the multi-sport athlete earned an invitation to join the junior world team -- an accomplishment that stems from lots of hard work and dedication.
With his goal of 14.40 achieved, Alvarado now looks forward to making a good run at State, and maybe getting a record there too.