As a runner, Solomon Strader has an uncanny ability to maintain speed. “Most people, they get up to a top speed and then they start to burn out,” said Trinity Classical Academy coach Brian Bixler. “Solomon has this amazing God-given ability just to maintain his muscular endurance over a lot stretch of time that most people just don’t have.” A freshman representing Trinity at the CIF State Meet on Friday, it doesn’t appear Strader will burn out anytime soon. At the CIF-Southern Section finals, he clocked 48.48 seconds in the 400-meter dash, which earned him second place in Division 4, as well as a bid to the Masters Meet.
“So I’m excited that I’m going (to state) and that I made it there and I’ve done a lot to get there, a lot of tough practices, but the ultimate goal is to be done on Saturday, not Friday.” Come Friday, clad in a Trinity backpack with the name “Lord Vader” embroidered on the back of it, Strader will warm up in his usual way. He’ll listen to his playlist that includes songs from “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” “Interstellar” and even the Disney animated movie, “Up.” And of course, there’s the theme song from NBC’s NHL Rivalry Night and some choice cuts from the video game NHL17. He’ll take a moment to pray with Bixler. Then he’ll take to the track for a quick pirouette on his spikes, flex his toes, then take off at the sound of the starting gun. And he won’t slow down.
Trinity's Solomon Strader comes in second in the Division 4 boys 400. Time was 48.48 seconds. pic.twitter.com/3jtrbKeA6E— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) May 20, 2017