Salute to Seniors: Deon Allen, Fort Payne HS

Athlete Name: Deon Allen
School: Fort Payne High School
What was your most memorable meet?
My most memorable meet was at AHSAA 5A Sectional Meet in Scottsboro when I ran 49 for the first time, when I thought it was impossible for me but I didn't give trying and ended up getting 49.08 which is almost 48!
Where did you face your biggest competition?
My biggest competition was of course at state. It opened my eyes to how hard everybody trains for that day.
Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most?
The most was beating the school records at my school in the 100, 200, and 400. I trained hard every practice to get those records.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
I would've started running in 9th grade instead of waiting to 11th grade to join. I think I could've been way better if I would've joined earlier.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
The most difficult obstacle for me this year was running with a irritated hamstring at indoor state, it was painful but I wanted to run anyway, also the fear of disappointing my hometown, teammates, coaches, etc, but I try my best in everything I do so I know they would just be happy with that.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss my teammates and coaches. Also, running track for Fort Payne.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
As long as you do your very best in everything that you do, you can reach goals that you once thought were impossible. You have to believe in yourself, even the most upset moments.
What are your post-highschool or college plans?
I plan to run track in college for University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
I want to thank God first and foremost, Coaches for helping me getting better everyday and being somebody I could talk to,  my family for being there for me and believing in me, friends, teammates, and the community of Fort Payne for cheering me on even when I wasn't performing my absolute best.