Every time he steps on the track, Anthonio Humphrey just wants to be better than he was the day before.
Sure, the Douglass junior thinks about bigger goals, like the 800-meter state record of 1-minute, 51.7 seconds, but he knows such successes are a gradual process.
Humphrey will be the favorite for the gold medal in the 800 meters in the Class 4A state track meet, which runs Friday and Saturday at Ardmore High School. And he'll push for another gold in the 1,600 meters, while helping on two Trojan relay teams.
Internally, Humphrey's only competition is with himself.
“I've always told myself every day that I was gonna do better,” Humphrey said. “Ever since I came to Douglass as a seventh-grader, I've been pushing myself like that, because fear is nothing but a mindset. If you want to do something in life, you've got to go do it.”
According to OHSTrack.com, Humphrey is the only runner in the state, regardless of class, to break 1:57 in the 800 this season, posting a 1:56.58 at regionals last week. He has his sights set on cutting a couple more seconds off that this week.
“I've always got something else I'm striving for,” he said. “I think I can run a 1:55, maybe 1:54. I feel like I'm right where I want to be going into state.”
College programs are already taking notice of Humphrey, and he could have a future on the track.
“He's probably our best runner, but he has a tremendous desire to win,” Douglass coach Larry Joubert said. “He' takes pride in his performance and his work ethic. He has a tremendous ability to overcome pressure, and an amazing work ethic.
“He's already a great student, so if he keeps doing all the other things right, I think he'll definitely have the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level.”