Alexus Dalton does not believe in obstacles

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Alexus Dalton warms up before track and field practice can begin. Dalton is known to compete in seven events in just two days. Photo credit: Amairani Mendez

“I think she is a special, young woman; really extraordinary,” track and field head coach and director Christopher Richardson said.

He refers to Alexus Dalton, a motivated person to her team members, as well as a great leader on the track and field squad at Cerritos College.

Winning events is an extraordinary achievement to any track and field athlete. Last year Alexus Dalton was declared Cerritos athlete of the year.

She won a total of nine events in three meets. In the Southern California Championships, she won three events. In addition to that, she also won four events in conference competition and two events in the State Championships.

Dalton graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School. However unlike other college students who begin in a university, she made her way to a community college.

She spent a year at the Academy of Arts University, but she didn’t know where she was heading career-wise in that university.

She heard from a friend, that currently comes to Cerritos College, that this school has one of the best athletic programs.

Growing up she has always been involved in extracurricular activities, which she enjoys doing. Dalton came to Cerritos College in hopes of continuing said activities and seizing the benefits of the athletic program that her friend told her about.

She migrated from different athletic hobbies, such as gymnastics and soccer, yet something about track and field moved her.

“ I guess i been doing track since last year because that’s when i actually started to run .”she said. Condition helped Dalton to be where she is right now, after just being a jumper in freshmen year on high school. Being in college helped her over come herself and be that successful person she is right now.

“Track became my priority when i realized the luxuries that came with it,” Dalton said. Dalton, being the captain of the women’s track team, does seven events in two days, including the 100 hurdle, long jump, high jump, 800 and the 200 distance.

Dalton spends her time reading books and stays dedicated to her goals in life. Although she is known as a great leader and a great athlete she also is an outgoing person who likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Not only does Dalton see her athletes as a team, but as friends. Although they are separated during meeting events by participating in different competitions, “We have a great kickback dynamic.” said Dalton.

Dalton still sees them all like her second family she has become even more closer to them by being that helpful person she is and who cares much about her team members and to see how much they have accomplished during there stay in the team.

“She is great, she is funny, she is a beast,” Raiven Ellis, Kinesiology major, said. Ellis, being a freshman and a fellow friend, looks up to Dalton.

Dalton is helpful and friendly to others on the team and is willing to give it all to help other team members to acheive their individual goals.

Like many other students in search of something after high school, Dalton came to Cerritos college and thought of it as if it was her new path to higher education and athletic goals.