VANDALIA — Whether on the field for football or track, junior Daiton Sharp is constantly striving for success. As a member of the Butler football and track and field teams, he believes being a multi-sport athlete has taught him how to be a leader.
The leadership skills he has gained while participating in these two sports have also affected his leadership skills in life. Every Sunday, Sharp volunteers in the third-grade classrooms at his church, and he has led several mission trips for middle school children.
“Daiton has grown to be a great leader and role model for our team. He is hard working and gives 100 percent every time he shows up to practice and meets. Daiton is what every young kid needs to shoot to be like,” Varsity Head Boys’ Track Coach Kenneth Wise said.
Sharp is currently attending the Miami Valley Career Technology Center where he studies Criminal Justice. After graduation next year he would like to either go to college to run track or play football or join the Marines.
When asked what he considers his biggest accomplishment in sports and life, he said: “winning Rookie of the Year his freshman year and receiving the most points in field events.” He also said it is an accomplishment to be a follower of God.
His favorite memory so far in track and field is competing in the State Competition for indoor track in the long jump and triple jump.
This year in track and field, he has already been the Butler boy’s leading scorer at several meets, and he took first place at the Butler Invitational in the long jump.
“Daiton is a fine young man, and he is just starting to scratch his abilities. This is very exciting for Daiton and all of us,” Varsity Head Football Coach Nathan Hyatt said.
Sharp says he is looking forward to his senior year of school and would like to break a couple of track records next season. He would like to break the 400, long jump, 100, 200, and triple jump records.