CARLSBAD — If you follow Carlsbad High School’s sports at all, you will have heard of Justin Freedman.
But you will have heard of him from someone else, perhaps someone who loves to see a fast and often very competitive 100-meter sprint. Justin, the son of Andre and Jacqueline Freeman, remains modest about his noteworthy accomplishments on the track. A four-year varsity letterman in his sport, his dad has been right there with him as the assistant track coach at the high school. Even though he is still just 17, Justin has made a real impression with his times in the 100- meter sprint, 200-meter sprint and the 4-by-100 meter relay race.
His father is justifiably proud, as Justin heads for college. Having his dad at his side, however, was never a problem for Justin, although at first his dad feared it might be.
“It has been easy to coach him,” Freeman said. “He knows I treat all the kids like my own and that I have all their best interests at heart. Besides, he thrives on competition, especially with a big stage like invitational, CIF or state events.”
Justin has been running sprints since the seventh grade, and broke the Carlsbad High School record of 11.04 for the 100-meter as a junior, with a time of 10.80 seconds. He then broke his own 100-meter school record this year with a 10.63-second time.
Track being one of those sports determined by hundredths of a second, Justin just missed qualifying at the state level in 2009 by one place, coming in fourth in the 100 meters. It made him even more determined and driven to qualify for state this year, which he did. He finished fourth in his heat at the state championships this year and was ranked 12th in the state out of 28 other qualifiers. The winning time in his heat was 10.35 seconds.
Showing clearly how much he loves running for a crowd, he broke the school record at state and with the time of 10.63, became the No. 1 100-meter sprinter in San Diego County, ahead of predicted favorite Bassim El-Sabawi of Torrey Pines High School, who came in at 10.68 seconds.
Justin was named to the All American Scholar team and graduates with a 3.44 GPA. He will head off to Arizona State University in the fall, where he has been given an academic scholarship.