By Luciano Vera
Elizabeth Teague, 41, a White Sands Missile Range Test Engineer at the Center for Countermeasures is preparing to compete at a track and field world competition in August.
What are you training for?
I’m training for the World Master Championship in August. I’m competing on the U.S. team and it’s being held in Lyon, France.
What events are you competing in?
I’m competing in the hammer, discus, weight, and throws pentathlon.
How do you qualify to compete?
I’ve competed all over the U.S. and in Mexico. I’ve won all the meets I’ve competed in and have set new records in a few events in my age bracket. You have to compete on your own dime so you really have to be dedicated to go over and compete in France.
How long have you been competing?
I started when I was younger in middle school when I lived in Mexico. I eventually came over to the University of Texas in El Paso. I held the Mexico national record in discus for 15 years. After UTEP I stopped competing in sports for a while got married and had two kids. I eventually started training my daughter in track and field throwing events and it led to training more kids. Last year I started competing again and realized I missed it so here I am competing again.
How do you prepare for the competition?
Well I finally got a coach and it’s good to have someone watch and correct my mistakes. I train a lot and compete here in El Paso. It is good to get a feel for the competition again and improve my techniques.
Are you preparing for the upcoming Olympics?
I’m not sure if I’m at that level right now but anything is possible. I was going to compete in the Olympics for Mexico years ago but it wasn’t meant to be. I am honored now to be able to compete on behalf of the U.S. team. This country has given me and my family so much.
What kind of example do you think you have set for your kids?
I want to believe that it is never too late to dream. I want my kids to not only believe that but also see it through how I have come back to competing. My kids are there watching me compete and cheering me on. I want for them to be anything they want to be in their lives. The biggest lesson I can teach them is to never give up and pursue their dreams. My daughters also compete in track and field events.
What are you hoping to complete at the competition in France?
Well the goal is to throw as far as I can and win medals. Right now I’m in the top 5 in the world for my age bracket. The hope is to make my country proud and show my daughters that if you train and prepare you can win. After that if I can continue to afford to compete then I will keep going.
How much longer do you see yourself doing this?
You know I competed in nationals last year and there were 85 and 90 years olds competing. The largest brackets were 65 to 85 year olds. So I will continue to compete as long as I can. Hopefully for the rest of my life.