Zach Schneider had not practiced jumping more than one hurdle prior to Colville’s Ezra Gordon Invitational track meet last Thursday. Instead, he had done all of his workouts in the hallway of the high school using only one hurdle.
“I had not gotten on our track at all before going up to Colville,” said Schneider. “It was a mud bog. So, Mackinzie Miller put up one hurdle in the hall and practiced on it. There is only room for one hurdle in the hall, so it was hard to get our steps down right. There just was not enough room to practice three-stepping the high hurdles in the hall.
“The technique is to take three steps between hurdles when I run the 110-meter high hurdles. That way, I am going over every hurdle with the same lead foot. Running in the hall was hard on Mackinzie, because he is working on three-stepping between hurdles. And there was not enough room in the hall to practice that.”
However, when Schneider stepped onto the all-weather track at Colville, instinct took over.
“I was a little nervous at first,” he admitted. “Initially, I was put in the preliminary heat with the slowest hurdlers, because I did not have any recorded times so far this season, but then I was moved up to the faster heat.”
“It took about half of the race to get my timing down, but then I pulled away to win it, although I won by only six-tenths of a second.”
Schneider won the 110-meter high hurdles in an amazing 15.84 seconds. He then won the 300-meter low hurdles in an equally incredible 42.42 seconds. Both times were good enough to be ranked fourth among state class-1A hurdlers.
Even more astounding is the performance of Adam Collins, who won the high jump at Colville at a career-best height of 6’0″. That height was good enough to win the event, and it is currently the third-best class-1A jump in the state.
Going into Thursday’s meet, Collins’ best jump was measured at 5’8″. So, on a cold day in Colville, he raised the bar by four full inches.
“I just missed at 6’3″,” said Collins. “My butt just didn’t make it over the bar. It was so cold out that I just could not stretch or stay loose. I can’t wait ’til we get some warmer weather. Then, I’m going to nail it.
“The school record is 6’2″, and I hope to beat that record this year.”
Collins then placed third in both the long jump and the triple jump. His best long jump was 17’11”. He covered 39’7″ in the triple jump.
Also winning two events on Thursday was Makayla Earl. She finished first in both the discus and the shot put. She threw a personal-best 107’8″ in the discus. Her best shot put throw of the day was measured at 34’0″.
“It was my first throw of the season,” said Earl. “All of my other throws went out of bounds. But, it is a good start for the season and I have the rest of the season to improve on it.
“I also won the shot put, but it wasn’t a personal record throw, so I’m going to have to continue to work on that.
“I don’t know if I will be able to continue throwing the javelin. I have a knee injury, so I can’t plant my foot to throw the javelin.”
Miller was fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 18.06 seconds. He then finished sixth in the 300-meter low hurdles, timed at 47.62 seconds.
Brittney Wuesthoff placed sixth in the long jump (13’1″), ninth in the javelin (70’8″0, and eleventh in the 100-meter dash (14.72.
James Culverwell was seventh in the javelin (114’3″). Daniele Bradley was eighth in the high jump (4’2″). Stephen Zerr placed ninth in the shot put (34’7″). Moriah Hudson finished ninth in the 400-meter run (1:16.96).
Boys Results: Freeman 135, Colville 120, Medical Lake 98, Reardan 65, Cheney 58, Chewelah 54, Valley Christian 50, Kettle Falls 27, Republic 26, Northport 8, Curlew 6, Selkirk 6, Springdale 1.
Girls Results: Colville 147, Reardan 120, Freeman 80, Medical Lake 60, Cheney 50, Republic 41, Chewelah 30, Northport 30, Selkirk 28, Curlew 28, Valley Christian 25, Kettle Falls 22, Springdale 10, Inchelium 1.
In the photo: Zack Schneider running the 110 hurdles with Colville’s Kevin
Edler behind him. Mara Schneider photo
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff