Athlete of the Year: Male Jumper

DREW NASH • TIMES-NEWS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Canyon Ridge's Scott Warner is one of the male track and field athletes of the year Monday, June 2, 2014, in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — Scott Warner was not short of things to do on the final day of the 4A state track and field meet.

The Canyon Ridge sprinter/jumper qualified for state in all four events he entered at districts. When he made the sprint finals, he earned himself four events on Saturday.

If that wasn’t a packed enough schedule, his jumps — the pole vault and the long jump — were going on simultaneously.

“That’s usually how it happens at meets, so I was pretty used to it,” said Warner. “You have to check out and run over, and then check out there and come back. The officials at state were really good and worked with me well about that. It helped me stay calm and give it my best.”

On an unusually hot day with two physically demanding events out of the way, he had little left for his 100- and 200-meter sprint finals, in which he finished eighth and fifth, respectively.

But in the earlier two events, the Times-News male jumper of the year finished second in each event, demonstrating both his athletic ability and versatility.

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“The pole vault is a super technical event. There are so many things that you have to get right if you want to go over the bar the first time you try,” said Warner. “Compared to that, the long jump is just running and jumping.”

Warner was at or near the top of the standings in just about every event he entered. His abilities could lead to a future in decathlon or multiple individual events in college.

He won’t have a state winner's medal to show for his efforts, but when he gets back from Central America he’s hoping there are greater things to come.

“I would have liked to have brought home at least one title, but that’s how it goes sometimes,” said Warner, who will leave for Honduras on a church mission but hopes to resume his track career when he returns. “I just thought I my last races for at least two years and had to give it my best shot.”

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