Clinton’s Eric Leon – Track Spotlight Presented by McKinsey Motors

By Antwan Woods

Eric Leon runs the 110 and 300-meter hurdles for Clinton High School. He finished in the top 10 in the 110-meter hurdles a season ago as a sophomore. Through his hard work he expects to accomplish more this season.  

Last season Leon was able to set and break his own personal records in every meet. His ability to stay constant and improve meet after meet was a factor in how he was able to have success.  

Leon is more than just a track star, he is also a part of the weightlifting and football programs at CHS as well. He has used the skills and techniques he has learned in these sports to train for the track season.  

“Weightlifting played a huge part in my increased speed this year. I would like to thank the coaching staff in the football program here at Clinton for making me a better athlete this year and pushing me,” said Leon.  

This off season he had a few obstacles to overcome. During the football season he suffered a knee injury, but he didn’t let that hold him back. Leon continued to show his first-class work ethic.  He’s focused on perfecting his form in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles to improve his times.

“I’ve worked on the 110-meter hurdles just perfecting my form working through a knee injury I got during football. I haven’t let the injury hold me back yet and I don’t plan to let off on my competition”, he said. “One other thing I’ve worked on a lot was the 300-meter hurdles, I’ve improved the most in the 300’s.”

Leon always strives to be the best he can be. Therefore, he expects to finish the season with new personal records and to be standing on the top of the podium. 

“My expectations for the season were to go undefeated, as for state this year my expectations as they have been every year is to get on top of that podium in the 110-hurdles.”

Part of his motivation is his mother, who was also a state qualifier in the hurdles in Chihuahua, Mexico. He pushes himself to surpass her goals and live up to her legacy.