Joel Nyatusah ran a state-leading, and nation-leading, 13.98 in the 110 hurdles Thursday.
Overland's Joel Nyatusah crouched down in his starting blocks. He teetered back and forth for a moment, while he adjusted his hands on the red track just before the white line. His white spikes dug into the blocks, which would be his launching pad.
In the distance cars cruised down the highway, creating a welcoming white noise. The crowd was silent as they waited for gun to fire, signaling the start of the boy's 110 hurdles. The field remained still as the starter's gun pointed into the air, waiting to explode, like the five bodies on the track waiting to out of the blocks. Everyone waited, and waited, and waited.
Nyatusah closed his eyes and focused on the moment. Soon it would be all over, but right now, the race was ahead of him. Life was calm now, but soon it would be chaos. When the gun shot, Nyatusah and some of the best hurdlers in the state stormed the track.