“Over underneath (our) tent, they’re watching, screaming from the tent, yelling, making us to go, pushing us,” Lucero said. “They’re cheering all of us on; it doesn’t matter who it is. It could be a distance runner, and the sprinters will yell.”
Lucero had played football and basketball earlier in his childhood, but by his senior year he had given up football and hung up his basketball jersey to instead act as manager. No school he attended prior to McAlester offered track, he said, which might’ve put him at a disadvantage compared to other McAlester runners who started in junior high or earlier.
“Track team is more of a mental thing,” Lucero said. “If you believe you can do it and you constantly keep at it, you’ll eventually make it.”
The Buffs have just two track meets left this season before Regionals: Coweta today and Wagoner on May 2. Once the season ends, Lucero said he plans to join the National Guard in July, then hopefully help coach at McAlester next spring once he returns from basic training.
“To me, our whole government is crooked, but to a point we have more freedom than any other country, so I think it’s still my duty to serve,” Lucero said.
“They go overseas, but they’re not like how the Reserve and the Army active (duty) is. They don’t go exactly as soon as war starts. When a devastation on homefront, meaning our territory, goes on, that’s when we’re mainly called.”
After the end of the 2015 track season, Lucero said he plans to move to Dalhart to spend time with his grandmother. He also plans to enroll at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, a town near Amarillo, and major in math.