Dustin Welsh: Another reason we love our sports

Anderson County High School senior Dustin Welsh sprints toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash Friday at the meet at ACHS. (photo:Ricky Williams )
Dustin Welsh probably won’t win a track and field state medal for Anderson County High School.

He probably won’t be profiled as a top track and field recruit for colleges to pursue.

Sure, those things could happen — nothing is impossible. And Welsh, a senior on the Mav track and field team, works every day like those things are going to happen.

And he’s having fun doing it.

“He’s a joy,” Anderson County High School track and field Coach Harrison Calhoun said of his senior. “He’s an inspiration. He works so hard and he is so positive you can’t help but be inspired by him.”

Friday, during the Dale Legg Invitational at ACHS, Welsh ran the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. He didn’t finish in the top three, but you know what? It didn’t matter.

Welsh enjoyed himself, even taking time to turn and smile at the crowd in the stands during the 10 second or so it took him to run the 100-meter.

“He’s having fun,” Calhoun said. “And he’d take part in any event I asked him to and you know he’s going to give everything he has.”

Calhoun said Welsh was a later comer to the track and field team, not joining until the season had already started. But, he said, Welsh has worked hard to make up for lost time.

“He doesn’t have all the techniques down. He’s still working on that,” Calhoun said. “But he’s having fun and that’s making it fun for all of us.”