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May 13, 2014

Dauphine’s accomplishment finally sinks in

PORT ARTHUR — Stop the presses. Corey Dauphine actually smiled a few times Tuesday when thinking back to his performance this past Saturday at the UIL Track and Field Championships.

Dauphine won the Class 5A 200 meters dash with a time of 20.76. It is the best time in the nation for a high school sprinter in 2014.

“It has sunk in,” Dauphine said. “It hit me when I got home and got in front of my family. It feels great. There are not too many people in high school who can say they are state track champions. Then, I couldn’t believe the time was the best in the nation. I finally saw the video and it was amazing.”

A video on tx.milesplit.com shows the full race ran by the Memorial Titans junior. Dauphine appears to not get off to the greatest start but by the time the runners make the turn, the Texas Tech commit had the event in the bag.

The last 100 meters of the race was all Dauphine.

“Corey is a very humble and confident kid,” Titans football coach Kenny Harrison said. “He is one of the hardest working kids I have ever been around. He has a special gift for not ever wanting to lose. In his head, he has worked harder than everyone else so he is going to win every race. You can’t coach that. Losing is not an option to Corey. Nothing surprises me what that kid does anymore.”

Dauphine admitted he did not get off to the start he wanted to in the race. Yet, he did not let it get him off his game.

“At the start, I just wanted to remain calm,” Dauphine said. “I knew I didn’t start off fast but then I thought when I get to the turn, I’d pick it up. The last 100 when I started to pull away, I decided to set the best time that I could. When I saw the time, I knew all my hard work paid off. It was a good feeling.”

Dauphine’s track season is not over yet. He will participate in two events at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 5-7. Dauphine will run in the 4x100 relay and in the 200 meter dash.

“It is quite an honor,” Dauphine said.

Dauphine is also starting to get even more looks from colleges. He is committed to Texas Tech in football but it is obvious the Red Raiders must be getting nervous.

“I am also starting to get offers for track,” Dauphine added. “I have heard from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Auburn, Penn State and Houston, all for track. I just count my blessings. Next year I want to make sure more of my teammates come with us to Austin. We want to win the whole thing.”

Harrison now has a full plate next year when it comes football season. Dauphine and sophomore Kameron Martin will form one of the best backfields in the state.

“We look forward to it next year,” Harrison said. “We will have a quality offensive line back and, with Martin and Dauphine, a lot will be expected out of our run game. It is shaping up to be one of the best run games we have had at Memorial in a long time.”

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