Friday, October 26, 2012

Deaf Runner at TX meet

A cross-country meet in Texas this weekend includes a deaf runner and a blind runner. Cameron Jackson, who is deaf, and Nick Barrera, who is legally blind, both will run for Ryan High School, located in Denton, just outside of Dallas. During tomorrow's District 5-5A meet, Barrera will depend on sounds to find his way rather than a guide rope while Jackson will run without his hearing aids. Several SEC and Big 12 are interested in having Jackson run for their teams. He posted the best 5,000-meter time in nation this summer at the Boswell Pioneer Trail run - nearly eight seconds faster than the previous national best. The second place finisher was nearly 15 seconds behind Jackson.