Last years boys State Champions, are seeking another go around at State. After the end of the regular season, many athletes have qualified to advance to the district meet, where they will compete for a shot at the State meet.
If you thought you saw Usain Bolt at the League Track meet last Friday, you saw Kyler Nygren. He took home gold in the 100m dash, Long Jump, and 4×1 relay. The fastest man in the conference secured his spot for the district track meet getting first with a 11.41 100m dash. Nygren said “It’s not my best time. I know I can run better, but considering the conditions no one ran very well. I’m happy I got first.” Nygren jumped 21’-1.75”, again not nearly close to his PR 23’0.75” but it’ll advance him. His 4×1 team advances with a 44.12 again not their best time.
Austen Daisa, you might think he’s been throwing shot put forever, but this is only his second year. In his first year he went to state and took second in shot put throwing 50’ 9.75”. Daisa’s PR this year is a 50’ 6.25”. Last Friday Daisa took first at the League track meet easily. Daisa said “Considering the weather we’ve had this Spring I’m not mad I haven’t beat my record last year. My throwing coaches also left the program, so that’s been a change for me. I’m ready to compete, against some of the top throwers in the area, and hopefully the state.”
Jordan Claridge is advancing to Districts in javelin, discus and pole vault. He is only a sophomore and won league in javelin, placed third in discus, and placed third in pole vault. Last year as a freshman he placed 6th at the state tournament in javelin, throwing 159’ 5” this year his PR is 4 feet further than last year’s, Claridge said “So far I’m pretty content with my PR, I’ve been fixing a few things and I’m definitely ready to get a big throw this weekend.” Claridge currently has the furthest throw in the district and is hoping to stand at the top of the podium and advance to state again in javelin.
Christian Williams, is advancing to districts in 3 different running events. He will be competing in the 200m, 4×1, 4×4. Williams placed 2nd in the 200, his 4×1 team took an easy 1st, and 2nd in the 4×4. Williams said “I’m going to have a full day haha, but I’ll be ready.” Many of Williams teammates think if they get good weather this weekend he may be on top of the podium in the 200m.
Other athletes advancing into districts are Pearse Popchock in the 800, Simon Lazar in the 1600, Giovanni Beegen in the 3200, Sir Carter in the 110m hurdles, and the 300m hurdles, the 4×1 team Kyler Nygren, Christian Williams, Kade Wietzel, Nolan Reynolds, the 4×4 team Christian Williams, Pearse Popchock, Ninos Lazar, Noland Reynolds, Ryan Peters in the Javelin, Ava Shakell in the 800m and 1600m, Madi Frampton in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, long jump, and triple jump Josie Krysinski in discus.
By Nate Kindell