Devin Frails just wants to go fast.
Right now, the 17-year-old is a 100- and 200-meter sprinter on the Harlem High School track team, but during the fall he is a member of the Bulldogs’ football team. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.
“I love it (track) because I get to run fast and it helps with football,” Frails said.
One of the people he looks up to is an athlete who is doing what he hopes to accomplish one day.
“My favorite athlete is Jeff Demps from Florida,” Frails said. “He does track and football, too, and I watch him. I look up to him.”
Frails has a few goals in mind, like playing at a Division I school and running in the Olympics. With his junior year to finish and his entire senior year ahead of him, he still has reachable goals for 2012. He wants to run the 100 and 200 in the state meet, and he’s already run a 10.8 in the 100, a time he figures should be good enough to qualify.
If there is one person who believes in Frails' chances to get what he wants, it is head track coach Adam Fulford.
“I don’t think we’ve scratched the surface of his talent,” Fulford said. “I can’t make him tired. I’ve never seen him tired.”
Frails trains hard, running 40-yard dashes along with 100s and 200s every day, but thinks it’s his lineage that has helped him.
“I attribute all my athletic abilities to my parents,” said Frails, adding that his mother used to be a cheerleader at Harlem.
While track can be individualistic at times, Frails likes to be a team player as much as he can.
“I try to help the team as much as I can and try to be a leader of the team,” Frails said. “If somebody’s struggling, I use my three years experience to help them with whatever they’re struggling with.”
And Fulford likes the way he handles himself in that role.
“He gets hard on himself. He can’t stand to lose,” Fulford said. “It’s a trait any coach wants in his athlete. It’s contagious.”
Choosing between football and track hasn’t come up, but if it did, Frails has a definite choice.
“If I had to pick ... I’d pick football,” said Frails, who is a running back and linebacker. “It’s the excitement of scoring a touchdown and the crowd goes wild and fans back at the school are supporting you so well.”