When junior De'Myco Winston joined the Lennard High School boys' track and field team a few months ago, he was mostly looking for something to occupy his time in the spring.
"I needed something to do after basketball season was done," Winston said. "Track seemed like a good way to get some exercise."
Winston has also contributed to getting the rest of the team in shape, said coach Ronald Sainsbury.
"He loves to compete, and he does what it takes to make himself a better athlete," said Sainsbury. "I think he definitely makes some of the other guys on the team work a little harder."
Winston competes in the long jump, triple jump, 4-by-400 meter relay and the 400-meter race, where he recently set a personal best time of 51.2 seconds.
His performance in the 400-meter this season has been impressive, enough to earn him a spot against athletes from all over the county in the Vernon F. Khorn Hillsborough County Championship Tuesday at Jefferson High School.
"He's got a lot of raw talent and potential, so I have to make sure that he keeps working hard to develop that," Sainsbury said.
Winston's natural ability has served him well throughout his high school career.
In addition to running track and field, he is a wide receiver on the Longhorns varsity football team and a center on the varsity basketball squad.
"Track is a lot more difficult than I thought it was going to be," Winston said. "I used to think you just run, but there's a lot more technique involved."
Winston, who lived in St. Petersburg most of his life before moving to Riverview a year ago, wants to study marine biology in college.
He also wants to play football and basketball for Georgia State University.
"I saw them play once when I was little, and ever since then I've really wanted to play for them," Winston said. "Playing two sports in college is tough, but I'm going to try."
GET TO KNOW
WHO: De'myco Winston
SCHOOL: Lennard High School
SPORTS: Track and field, basketball, football
FUTURE PLANS: Wants to attend Georgia State University, study marine biology and play basketball and football