Fresh Fort Bend County high school graduates and track and field standouts Avery Veiseh and Deon McIver are living their best lives in the fast lane.
Both compete in the CL Athletics Stars Track Club, where their grit, prowess, and heart are witnessed by Coach David White. McIver is a four-year member of the program while Veiseh signed on within the past year.
They are parts of a program founded and named after legendary Olympian Carl Lewis.
White described McIver, who just graduated from Stafford High, as a quick study who was open to improvement.
“He was learning to become a runner,” White told Texas Scorecard. “Each year he’s been with our track club, he has gotten better and better and has improved.”
White praised McIver’s attitude, touting his upside.
“When he came with us, he asked us to make him better,” the coach said.
The 6-foot, 180-pound McIver helped the Stafford boys track team, a perennial presence at the UIL Class 4A Meet in Austin, to its third second-place finish at state in five seasons in 2019. The Spartans took home the Class 4A Championship in 2016.
As part of the CL Stars, McIver has annually qualified for regionals in the long jump, the 4X100, and the 4X400. According to White, McIver “got tremendously better” running the 200 meters.
The coach additionally described the “quiet, mild-mannered” McIver “as an individual who would do what you ask him to do.”
Regarding his future, McIver is undecided about college but “is still looking at opportunities,” stated White.
White extolled George Ranch High product Veiseh as “an extremely hard worker very dedicated to what he is trying to achieve.” He just joined the CL Stars, but “has been training for a long time,” White said.
Veiseh represented the Longhorns boys track program at state more than a month ago, finishing eighth overall in the open 200 meters event. As of this writing, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Texas State University commit was preparing for one of his first competitions with the CL Track Stars.
Coaching track for more than 20 years and a longtime coach with the CL Track Stars, White said that he will miss both McIver and Veiseh when they both move on.
“I’m very fond of them and want to see them all be very successful, as well as the young ladies who run with the program as well,” he said. “I just think that [with] the love and the family atmosphere that our club brings, it’s just always a joy to see our kids excel at the next level.”