J Hopkins is different. He stands out on the track. Doug Hall, who coaches Hopkins at Everett High School, is beginning his ninth season leading the Seagulls track and field program. Runners like Hopkins don't come around very often, said Hall.
Sometimes, no matter what else is going on, it's impossible for Hall to avoid watching the senior hurdler, who "looks so different than the rest of the kids he's competing against. He's just in a different league," Hall said.