Carl Albert’s Dejuana MacArthur – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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By John Tranchina

Based on the way he behaves on and off the track, Dejuana MacArthur has developed into an impressive role model on the Carl Albert track and field team this season.

MacArthur, a senior who competes in the 400-meter dash as well as the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays, displays his leadership by working hard in practice as well as excelling in the classroom. He feels like it is an important role and one he learned by watching other upperclassmen when he was younger.

“Honestly, I feel like when I was a freshman and a sophomore, I used to look up to all of the juniors and seniors and how hard they ran, and how hard I worked usually depended on them,” MacArthur said. “So now when I run, I run with the attitude that if I don’t set the bar really high, then the guys under me aren’t going to get the job done. If I don’t go as hard as I can, I’ll be the reason somebody else doesn’t get the work that they should get in. It starts with me.”

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With the new track season getting underway, MacArthur is optimistic about how it will all unfold.
“My expectation for during the regular season is to surpass any of the levels that I’ve been compared to, and to prepare myself for college track,” said MacArthur, who is still deciding where to enroll next year. “And my expectation for us as a total team is not just to win state, it’s to become better as a team, individually, and critique the little things so we can reach the next level.”

“He is an excellent athlete with even better character,” said Carl Albert track coach Tex Rollins of MacArthur. “His schoolwork is equally important to him as athletics, keeping As in his classes.”

MacArthur is a member of the National Honor Society and makes sure that his academics are his top priority.

“It’s been hammered in my head since growing up, school comes first,” said MacArthur, who also plays football and is involved in the student council at Carl Albert. “If I don’t do right in school, then I can’t run and I won’t run at all, so it’s very important for me to have an education. Hopefully, sports can get my college paid for, but after that, you got to use your brain for it.”

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