It goes without saying that some members of the West Mifflin Area High School boys track and field team are busy on a year-round basis.
Take senior Derrick Fullmore, for example.
In the fall, he lines up under center for the Titans as their starting quarterback. Not the easiest of designations on the gridiron.
When the cold of winter hits, he's a high-leaping guard on the boys basketball team.
Yet, he still found the time to finish third in the triple jump at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last year as a junior and has every intention of taking the gold medal this year.
"For me, it starts at practice," Fullmore said. "It takes real preparation for me to go out there and continue some of the success that I'm having, especially with the jumping."
Fullmore claimed victory in the triple jump event at the Butler Invitational on April 12 with a leap of 45 feet, 71/2 inches.
He also competes in the long jump event for the Titans, whom some local track enthusiasts believe have the potential to claim the WPIAL team title.
He also runs the 400-meter dash and is a member of the 400 sprint relay team.
"Running isn't particularly my favorite thing to do," he said. "I'd much rather run with a football in my hand. I've always just taken more of a liking to jumping for some reason. It's just what I do."
He has signed with Slippery Rock University to play football, where he'll play defensive back. He's got the same offer for track, but will forgo that competition -- at least for his freshman season -- to focus on football.
In the case of teammate and junior sprinter Jimmy Wheeler, however, running is his love and he's not ashamed to admit it.
"I absolutely love going out there and showing my speed," he said.
Last year, Wheeler claimed fourth place in the 100-meter dash at Baldwin High School in the title meet with a time of 11.04 seconds. He's in the hunt, this year, to be the fastest high school athlete in Western Pennsylvania.
"I'm really looking forward to going out there and competing this year," Wheeler said. "I know there are going to be a lot of people who are going to challenge me, but I'm going to go out there and give it my best."
Meanwhile the Titans boys team qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament. They served as the host team Wednesday for the semifinals, competing against Gateway, Indiana, Uniontown and South Fayette.
West Mifflin coach Mike Mazzarese certainly has the experience to lead his troops to an overall team title. He's been at West Mifflin for nearly two decades and has coached the sport for nearly four.
"I try to push the kids who are competing right now to be better than those who have come before them," he said. "I try to push and encourage them to be a part of the record books ... to make a name for themselves. Hopefully, that's what it will take for them go out there and win."
His son, Michael, recently competed in the Boston Marathon, an event that ended in tragedy this year because of the terrorist bombings. Fortunately for the younger Mazzarese, he ran the 26 mile, 385 yard course in a time of 2:58:28, which was early enough to avoid when the bombings occurred.
Mazzarese coached him, too.
"He's a great example of what our program can produce," he said. "At 36 years old, my son gets up at 4 a.m. to train and will do so again after work and before he gets his kids ready for the next day. That [dedication] is how I want these kids to prepare."