Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the April issue of Preston Hollow People.
For Colby Boozer, athletic success can be traced in large part to time management.
The Preston Hollow resident is a senior at The Covenant School, where he has competed at the varsity level in football, baseball, and track since his freshman year.
The latter two sports overlap during the spring, which is where Boozer’s maturity and self-discipline allow him to excel simultaneously on the field and in the classroom.
“It takes a lot of devotion,” Boozer said. “I wouldn’t be able to do it if I wasn’t passionate about all of those sports.”
By now, he’s familiar with the spring routine. In a typical day, school gets out at 3 p.m., after which Boozer heads to baseball practice. That finishes up around 5:30, when he changes clothes and starts working out on the track for an hour or two, sometimes by himself. He gets home about 8:30, when he eats dinner and does his homework before bed. The next day, it starts all over again.
“It’s definitely teaching me time management and how to be patient with myself,” said Boozer, who is forced to choose when baseball games and track meets fall on the same day. “More than anything, it’s just getting to be with people I love to be with.”
Boozer has been a standout in all three sports for the Knights. In the fall, he was an all-state utility back and defensive end while scoring 40 touchdowns for Covenant’s state champion six-man football team. Last spring, he won a TAPPS 2A state title in the 200 meters and was runner-up in the 100. He also was an all-district selection in baseball.
“A lot of it is his determination,” said Covenant athletic director Brice Helton, who coaches Boozer in football and track. “A lot of high school kids will put in the time, but Colby pushes himself so hard and is never satisfied.”
Boozer still has some goals before he graduates this spring. He would like to win two individual gold medals at the state track meet, along with a third as the anchor leg in the 4×200 relay.
In the fall, he plans to head to Baylor, where he will continue to work out in the hopes of landing a preferred walk-on spot on the football team, most likely on special teams.