Scholar Athlete: Hardaway Runner, Jozalyn Albright


Jozalyn Albright has many goals as a Junior on the Hardaway track and field team.

Hitting the mid-50’s in the 400m is one of them. But her biggest goal right now is being the fastest in her household.

She runs alongside her twin brother Clyde and is slowly creeping in on his 200m time.

“I’m pretty close,” she laughed. “I think I‘m like .5 of a second off.”

Her day may come but right now, she’s happy chasing that time.

Albright is the Hawks team captain and has had a stellar outing so far.

In all but one meet this season, she’s finished first among all girls in every running event and is currently the team’s number one point scorer.

“I like pushing myself and seeing how far I can go and see how well I can do it,” Albright said. “I can do the best I can do. It’s just made me a lot more mentally and physically tougher.”

Albright primarily competes in the 200m, the 400m, the 4×100, and the 4×400. She also took on a new challenge in long jump.

“It’s challenging because I can’t really keep my mark,” she said. “I’m not very consistent with that mark but it’s really fun.”

Because Albright likes to compete.

It’s why she’s a part of the International Baccalaureate program at Hardaway High School that prepares students in advance for the college level.

She has a 4.6 GPA and has been a part of the program since her freshman year.

“I don’t want to be a basic student,” said Albright. “I just want to always be able to push myself so that helps a lot.”

After high school, Albright hopes to study sports psychology and run track.

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