Barker Shines On And Off The Field
Tyler Consolidated’s Nathan Barker has remained dedicated to improving his performance at the track; he’s given up free time to work to improve his craft. He has been steadily improving, and this past week he reaped some results of his hard work as he set a personal best in the 110 high hurdles, getting closer and closer to the 15 second mark.
Nathan has been instrumental in helping his teammates improve as well. He has been working with the boys, instructing them in the shuttles. He stays an hour after practice so that the teammates may race against each other, while working on their exchanges.
As a result, the shuttle team has knocked off seven seconds already from their first meet. Zack Placer, a sophomore, is doing a great job this season.
Nathan gave up his anchor position on the shuttles to go back to the starter for the relay, as he has always done a good job coming off the starting gun. He realized the relay team could really have a better time with him starting, and so far it has worked. The Knights shuttle team is now ranked in the top five in the state Class A division.
All of this hard work and dedication pays off for everyone; sometimes it takes a leader to get it done. The other members of the shuttles are excited as they are now contenders and realize it won’t be long until state.
Nathan is not just an athlete but also a scholar. This year he was inducted into the National Honor Society and is an elected candidate for West Virginia Mountain Boys State. Nathan says as much as athletics means to him, his classroom accomplishments are far greater than any athletic honor. “Academics are what carry you through your life and should be noted above all others.” Nathan maintains a 4.57 GPA.