Jones’ D’Quan Laskey – Character Counts Presented by Central Electric Cooperative

By John Tranchina

It is a testament to D’Quan Laskey’s leadership and team-first attitude that when asked how he feels the current track and field season is going, he starts enthusiastically speaking about how well his Jones High School squad has fared recently, citing several Longhorn individuals that he believes will be competitive at the upcoming Class 3A state meet.

“Our team’s pretty stacked this year and I think we’ve got a good chance of going (to state) in the 4×800, the 4×400 and the 4×200 (relays), on both boys and girls,” Laskey said. “I feel like we have a pretty good chance to go and compete in 3A.”

The senior runner, who participates in the 400 and 800-meter races as well as the 4×800, 4×400 and 4×200 relays, has taken on the role of a team leader this year, even though this is just his second season as a member of the track team.

“I like to make sure all my guys are good, I really like to put them before me, really,” said Laskey, who also plays football for the Longhorns. “I can’t do anything without them. A good leader in my mind would be someone that’s not selfish, making sure when you’re teammates are down, lifting them up and they’re all right; someone that’s not selfish, making sure my teammates are doing the little things. And if they need a ride home or something, or need someone they can talk to any time, keep them uplifted.”

Laskey played baseball in the spring of his sophomore year, but switched sports as a junior when Jones coach Dave Quinn asked him to come out for the track team.

“One day, off-season, we were out running and coach said, ‘You need to be in track,’ so I picked it up,” recalled Laskey, who also participates in the Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Jones. “And my first meet, in the open 800, I ran too fast and killed myself, but come to find out I was pretty good at it.”

As good as he is at track (and football), though, Laskey excels the most in an individual sport – he will be attending Connors State College (in Warner, OK) on a rodeo scholarship next year.