The Van Alstyne High School track team just finished a successful 2018 season, concluding in a victorious way by sending the boys mile relay team — consisting of Cam Montgomery, Samuel Tormos, Jake Carroll and George Hall — to the Class 3A state track meet in Austin on May 11, where the boys finished sixth. All season long, Van Alstyne junior Hall has helped lead the Panthers towards their 2018 successes, frequently earning top three finishes in a variety of events.

Hall is a triple threat athlete, playing basketball, football and running track for Van Alstyne. However, the junior’s primary passion is track.

“I’ve been running since my freshman year,” said Hall. “I moved here from McKinney during basketball season, and jumped right in when as soon as I got here.”

The relay team has been to state before, placing seventh in the meet in 2017 with a time of 3:26.44. The tight-knit group of boys were able to best their time this year, with a sixth place time of 3:25.65, shaving a second off their previous time — although according to Hall, the Panthers boys will be even better next season.

“This next year, I am positive we will have a chance to place,” Hall said. “We will have the same team we had last year, so we will be able to take that experience with us… Having each other and knowing that each one of us will do our best — accomplishing goals we’ve set up for ourselves — it makes us confident in what we can do next year and gives us a positive vibe going into next year.”

Regardless of their placement, simply making it to state was a huge moment for Hall.

“It was a dream come true,” said Hall. “Jake and I last year were alternates, so we went to state, but weren’t able to run, so competing this year, there was definitely that nervousness there. But at the end of the day, it’s the state competition. It’s the highest you can get in your high school career. So that was a big goal of ours, getting to state.”

Through hard work and dedication, Hall managed to best his run times throughout almost every competition this season, showing growth from year to year. Hall hopes to push himself over the summer and in the time leading up to the 2019 season in hopes of clinching another state run.

“I’m doing summer track so I can stay in-shape — whatever I can to stay fit,” Hall said. “We have basketball coming up and football. Those should help a ton — eating good and drinking lots of water. Overall, I’m just looking forward to next season.”