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D6 Athlete of the Week - Derek Gonser



Student Name: Derek GonserDerek Gonser

School: University

Grade Level: Senior

Sport(s): Track & Field

Position(s): Long & Triple Jump



What are some of your most memorable athletic accomplishments?

Last year, I was coming off a pretty major hip injury, but I ended up going to State. Also, being a team captain this year. 


What are your goals for this upcoming season?

I want to triple jump over 45 feet to break the school record, and win 3A State triple jump. 


What is one lesson you have learned from playing high school sports?

It's all about teamwork and support. I used to keep to myself and stay focused, but now I'm having fun with my team and friends and doing better than ever. 


What are your career or college plans after you graduate high school? 

I'm going to attend the University of New Mexico where I will study athletic training. I will also compete in track meets unattached. 


What is on your Pre-Meet Music Playlist? 

Lots of AC/DC, especially Back in Black. 


What is your go-to Pre-Meet Food? 

Peppered beef jerky and brown sugar PopTarts. Not too filling, but it gets the job done - tasty and somewhat healthy. 


Last show you binge-watched on Netflix?

The Ranch. The funniest show you'll ever watch. Take my word.