May 22, 2009
By John Philip Wyllie
He is still only a junior, but Eric Severiano already holds the Otay Ranch school record in the 400 meter sprint. Heading into this weekend’s CIF preliminaries his personal best is 50.09 which could be enough to punch his ticket to the prestigious CIF finals next week and pit him against the county’s best. This week we found him out on the Mustangs state of the art track going about training as he always does.
“Eric’s dedication to track, sprinting and running the 400 is just amazing. He is definitely a hard worker and has a terrific work ethic. He is always eager to find out what he can do to improve. His times have improved over the course of the season and he has had some really strong competition this year. That pushes him even more. Eric has the ability to get this team going. The other kids respect him. He is one of those quiet leaders that lead by example. (With the CIF prelims coming up on Saturday) all of his hard work and training with us is really coming through,” said Mustangs assistant coach Jessica Cab-rera.
Severiano is a relative newcomer to the sport. He joined the track team as a sophomore a year ago and he quickly found that his strength was in running the 400.
“I played basketball from third to sixth grade, but I stopped doing sports altogether when we lived in TJ. My middle school over there didn’t have basketball, only soccer and I’ve never like that. There was a Baja California basketball team that I tried out for and made, but I injured my ankle and I had to drop out. We still have lots of family and friends there and we go back a lot. When I came over here as a sophomore I started doing track,” he said.
While he also competed in cross country, track turned out to be his sport. He competes occasionally in the 100 and 200, but running the 400 is what he does best.
“I qualified for the CIF preliminaries in three events, the 4 x 100, the 4 x 400 and the 400. We won the league championship in the 4 x 400 and I finished second in the 400 losing it by .01 seconds, but I broke the school record so at least I accomplished something that day.”
Severiano remains focused on the 400.
“I just love the 400. Now that I own the school record my goal is to make my time even lower,” he said.
He also of course, wants to make it to the CIF finals a week from Saturday and make a good showing once he gets there.
“I think I have the sixth fastest time out of the 22 people that qualified (in the 400) for the CIF preliminaries, so my chances of reaching the finals are pretty good. The top nine make it to the CIF finals. We have a good chance of winning the 4 x 400. In fact, we may have a chance to make it to state (competition) in that event. We have work to do in the 4 x 100. We will just have to see how well we can do with that.”
After graduation in 2010 Severiano is committed to going to college. I am still looking at schools to see if I get any scholarship offers, so I am not sure where I will go.”
What he will study is far more decided.
“I want to study game design. In order to study that, you have to know a lot of physics and math.
If he is half as good as a student as he is a sprinter he should have no trouble reaching that goal.