PORT ARTHUR —
A little water wasn’t going to stop Corey Dauphine and the rest of the Port Arthur Memorial track team from practicing Monday. A whole lot of rain, though, did push the Titans inside the Memorial Gym to get in some work.
Dauphine, a junior, is one of the Titans’ leaders and is going to participate in the area meet this Wednesday in Pearland. Dauphine qualified for the meet in the 200-meter dash with a blazing time of 21.97 at last week’s District 21-5A meet.
“The ultimate goal is to get to state,” Dauphine said. “We have all been working real hard to make this happen.”
Dauphine is also a part of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, along with Jocorie Jones, Kameron Martin and Quantae Conners that will run Wednesday.
Spendi a few minutes with Dauphine and it becomes very obvious he is not one to brag on himself. He would rather run and show what he is made of over talking about his accomplishments.
“Corey is such a humble kid,” Memorial track coach Darrel Granger said. “Whatever comes his way, he is gratified. He takes it in stride and never brags on himself. He will let his performance tell his story.”
Dauphine has been a part of the Memorial track program since he was a freshman. Granger tries to keep the younger runners in relay events. As they grow, he puts them into individual runs.
Dauphine, as a freshman, went to Austin on the Titans 4x400 relay team and just missed the state meet last year on the Titans 4x200 relay team.
“This year he is one of our main guys and is one of the leaders,” Granger said. “I wanted to reward him with an open event like the 200 so he could showcase all his hard work. Now, he has a great shot of doing just that.”
Dauphine said his time at the 21-5A meet was great but not the final number he wants to put on the board this year.
“I want a 21.2,” Dauphine said. “I want to get to the regional meet and then go even faster at state.”
Dauphine’s hard work is not only paying off for himself but the rest of the Titans are starting to feed off his success.
“We are all showing our work and it’s helping us go places,” Dauphine said. “We all have put in many hours.”
Granger said he has also opened the door to guys like Martin who is running in the 100-meter dash. Martin was third at the 21-5A meet with a time of 11.19.
“I wanted to see where guys like Kameron stand against the competition,” Granger said. “He is not that far off from having a great track season. He needs to work on his reaction time a little bit. We have so many young guys on this team that can do so many things.
“Track is both an individual and team sport. There are some guys who only like to run relays. I just always want to do what is best for the kids and help each of them get to Austin.”