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Athlete of the Week - Deion McShane


Freeport senior track standout Deion McShane is our new WREX Athlete of the Week. McShane broke the 300M hurdles state record last year, and hopes to set the national high school record this year. Achieving that goal will take near-flawless technique along with McShane's speed.

"First off, you have to start by not hitting hurdles," McShane said. "Knowing your steps through every hurdle, making sure I'm dominant on my right leg. Keep going over the same leg. That's what decides a race."

He has to shave about a second and a half off his state record time to break the national record. His coach, Alan Greene, has coached for more than 30 years. He's seen a lot, but hasn't seen many like McShane.

"Overall, he may have the most wide-ranging talent," Greene said. "We've had guys who are really fast or who can jump really far. But he may be, overall, the most wide ranging talent."

Last year at state, McShane set the 300M hurdles record, while also finishing second in the 110M hurdles and 200M dash, and fifth in the long jump. That performance led the Pretzels to the team state championship.

"Putting the school on the map was a big thing for us," McShane said. "It shocked the world, to be honest."

After making history once, McShane hopes history will repeat, and improve, itself this spring.

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