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Hawks Gardner will lead boys 4x100 relay team, excel in 100 and 200
JaQuan Gardner will run a leg on Central Valleys boys 4x100 relay team and compete in the 100 and 200 this year. Gardners main sport is football. Hes considered the Hawks all-time greatest running back. - photo by DALE BUTLER / The Courier

Central Valley High School junior Ja'Quan Gardner has been commanding attention for his athletic superiority for years.

Ja'Quan added to his already-impressive résumé in football during the fall.

He started at point guard in basketball in the winter.

Gardner will run track and field this spring.

"I take all my sports serious," he said. "There's nothing better than winning."

Ja'Quan finished fifth with a time of 11.54 seconds in the 100 behind Patterson seniors Rajaee Delane, Rajheem Carrie, Rodney Lawson and Matthew East at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Finals.

Central Valley's 4x100 relay team, which consisted of Gardner and three newcomers, failed to advance because of a botched exchange.

A year earlier, Gardner and 4x100 relay members Tyree Jones, Terrence Sadler and Michael Luzinski captured the WAC championship. The quartet took second during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V competition and 15th at Masters.

"I wasn't expecting us to be that good," Ja'Quan said. "That will be hard to beat."

Gardner will team up with Angelo Bermudez, Tyress Pope and Alex Vazquez in the 4x100 relay in 2013.

"It's my favorite event," he said. "I like the team bonding part of it. Hopefully, we can get back to Masters."

Ja'Quan, Central Valley's all-time greatest running back in football, has rushed for 3,547 yards and 40 touchdowns since being promoted to varsity as a sophomore.

The Hawks just missed securing their first-ever playoff berth this past season.

"Football is my favorite sport," Gardner said. "But I love track too. I'm pretty motivated."