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Altus graduate hopes to run for gold in 2016

ALTUS, Okla._ An Altus High School graduate is training hard in hopes of running for gold in the 2016 summer games.

William McCaskill says he's got a long road ahead, but it's evident he has the heart to succeed.

“It's all about who's the most determined and dedicated will win it,” says McCaskill, who is hoping to turn his drive and discipline into gold.

He's training for the 400-meter race twice a day on the same track he competed on in high school. His Olympic dream began when he was a Bulldog. Fast forward more than a decade and McCaskill, now 28 and a father of four, has all the support he needs to win big.

“He set a goal for the kids to follow so they can be the best they can when they grow up,” says Jessica McCaskill.

“If he stays focused we're going to have a champion,” says William McCaskill Sr.

Will McCaskill Jr. knows he has got to get his time down by a few seconds. His goal is to qualify for the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. He's been invited to a special camp in Phoenix, AZ. which starts in October, where he'll be joined by some of the most elite track athletes in the world.

McCaskill retired from the Army in 2012, and since then, when he's not on the track he's working a minimum wage job a local pizza joint.

“He helps some of the younger kids move a lot quicker,” says Paul McClure, general manager at Little Caesars in Altus.

“Some of us call him ‘movie star,' because he's trying to make it big,” says Jennifer Coble, manager of Little Caesars.

McCaskill says he's a runner at heart and not a pizza maker. He believes 2016 is his year to shine.

“I just believe it's my destiny 100 percent, and I'm in it to win it,” says McCaskill.

He's now in the midst of raising the $6,000 he'll need to cover the cost of training in Arizona. McCaskill says he would appreciate any help the community can offer. You can donate here. If he does not make the big stage in 2016, he says there's always 2020.

 

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