FILER • As has happened on more occasions than he would like to admit, Filer’s Austin Young wasn’t sure what lap he was on.
With a fairly sizable lead and on the verge of lapping other runners in the 3,200-meter run on Thursday, the senior runner thought he still had one lap left to run as he passed the official holding up numbers.
He didn’t know, however, that the number being held up was for the others behind him. Young incorrectly thought he had another lap to build up his speed.
It turns out he didn’t have that luxury.
“I tend to do that,” Young said with a laugh.
In the end it didn’t matter, though, as Young beat Jerome’s Nathan’s Nordquist en route to a victory in the 3,200-meter run at the Angie Wyatt Invitational at Filer High School.
“You sort of slowly pick it up, and just picking it up for one of those laps doesn’t really make up,” said Young. “It seems like it should, but it’s a little different.”
Nine schools participated in Thursday’s meet, with Butte County being the only school not from District IV.
Buhl, Burley, Declo, Filer, Gooding, Jerome, Kimberly and Wendell were all well-represented at the annual meet.
Shelby Harding from Filer won the boys high-jump, tying his career-best jump of 6-feet set a year ago as a freshman. Coming into the Angie Wyatt Invitational, Harding’s best in 2016 was 5-feet-10 inches.
The sophomore did not miss a single jump in competition until he attempted to clear 6-feet-2 inches. By that point he was the only one left in contention and was putting the icing on the cake.
“I’m usually pretty consistent until I get to 6-foot. Then I just start overthinking it. But I just went and jumped today,” Harding said. “Just go out and do it. Just hope for the best.”
The girls 3,200-meter run was a spectacle to behold as Jerome’s Kathryn Craig lapped the entire field en route to a stellar 11:48 mark.
By about the fourth lap, Craig said she knew she had the race in the bag. At that point the senior knew it was her against herself; Thursday’s showing wound up being her best of the season by nearly 13 seconds.
“I’ve been trying to break 12 all season. (So I feel) really good,” Craig said. “I was really encouraged to break my 12 … It’s me trying to beat my times.”
The boys 4x200-meter relay was a thriller, as Declo’s team started off behind the 8-ball without the normal runner for their third leg. Wendell jumped out to an early lead in the race until the Hornets caught up and eventually overtook the Trojans en route to a first-place finish.
Being behind wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for Declo’s Keegan Duncan, the freshman who ran the last leg of the race.
“I like it better,” Duncan said. “I had faith in my team. They’ve always been really good about that.”
Gooding’s Alexandra Tatum won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.6 seconds, improving her time from her last meet by more than a second.
Tatum’s mouth was wide-open in shock when she saw her number on the stopwatch. Even the junior was shocked with the result.
“I was kind of shaken up by that (and) surprised,” Tatum said with a smile.
She partially attributes her stellar day to the recent change in the weather. At her last meet it was cool and cloudy. Thursday, on the other hand, was sunny and without out a cloud in the sky. As strange as it sounds, she thinks it might have made a difference.
Despite competing in jumping events earlier in the afternoon, Tatum was more than ready for her stellar run. When it came time for the race, it was her against herself in a quest for personal records.
“My adrenaline pumps,” said Tatum. “It’s more of me. I want to beat my time.”
Wendell star Johnny Lancaster took first-place in the boys 100-meter run despite stumbling out of the opening blocks. He finished with a 10.92, which he said is about par for the course for him thus far in 2016.
Still, Lancaster, who says he plans on attending Utah State after he returns from his LDS mission, managed to overcome his tough start Thursday and rebound to win. It’s a lesson that he believes will help him as his senior season moves forward.
While he usually leads the pack, now he knows how to win even when the chips are down early.
“Coming out of the blocks was slow. It was probably my worst start of the year. But I think other than that it was good,” Lancaster said. “Now I’ll have some experience coming back in a race and running from behind.”