SANTA ROSA – Instead of laying low during summer break, Alex Ayala is on the track getting ready for the next level.
Ayala will run track at Central Methodist University in Missouri.
“Since the beginning of my high school career, I always wanted to compete at the next level,” said Ayala. “For four years I used that as extra motivation to do extra sets, extra workouts. Also it helps if you can get a scholarship, it can pay for college and that’s something I want to do.”
Alex’s dad is Santa Rosa football coach Hector Ayala. The younger Ayala was coached by his dad in football, golf, and track.
“Having him here was a blessing really because it kept me on top of everything,” said Ayala. “School work too because he was my teacher also. He was always pushing me and I just can’t thank him enough for it.”
In 2017, Ayala made it to the state track meet. This year, he went again, earning a bronze medal in the 300 meter hurdles.
“It was awesome and it was fun,” said Ayala. “Something I wanted to do last year and I wasn’t able to and this year going into it, I was dead set on getting onto the podium.”
Ayala takes a lot of pride in reaching state multiple times. It’s something his grandfather Julio Ayala did with the PSJA football team in the early 1960’s.