The Northwest track and field team had a solid showing at the regional track and field meet this past weekend, and one athlete is on his way to Austin.
“We had a couple of really good performances,” coach George Lutkenhaus said. “Our freshman pole vaulter, Allyn Tyer, was really close to qualifying for state. She got third and vaulted 12', which tied her personal best. We were really pleased with her. She had a really good freshman year, but unfortunately for us, she will be going to the new school (Eaton) next year, so we will miss her.
“Jacob (Suchors) had a great race in the 800, and wound up finishing third. We were really pleased with his efforts. We were hoping that he would finish top two, to get that automatic qualifier, but he did get that ninth qualifying spot, so he will be going to Austin.”
Other efforts at region included Emalee Wright, who finished 13th in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.72, Eliseo Cooper, who finished 16 in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.24, Kurstin Gidden, who finished eighth in the discus with a throw of 114-8 and Caden McDonald who was 10th in the discus with a throw of 147-10.
Lutkenhaus said that for Suchors to have success at the state meet, he will need to do a couple of things.
“He's got to run his race, and not get caught up in what everybody else is doing,” Lutkenhaus said. “The main thing for him is to stay relaxed early on and try to bring it home on the second lap. The first lap is all about position and being smooth and relaxed and staying the race and conserving energy. That way, he can race the second lap.”
Reflecting on the season as a whole, Lutkenhaus said he could not ask for much more from his team.
“It's been a good year,” Lutkenhaus said. “With the girls winning a district championship and Jacob moving onto state, it has been good. I am really happy with the kids’ efforts this year, and it’s one of those years you want to remember for a while, and hope that you can repeat upon each year.”
Lutkenhaus said that the athletes graduating or transferring to Eaton will be missed and said he is grateful for their impact on the Northwest program.
“For the kids moving on, we just appreciate all of the effort they have and we're just going to miss them a ton,” Lutkenhaus said. “As much as you would love to keep them and hold onto them for four years, that's just not the way it works, especially in a growing school district. We just wish them the best.”
Suchors will be running at West Texas A&M next fall, and Lutkenhaus said that he believes that the Northwest senior chose well.
“It's a great fit for him,” Lutkenhaus said. “He's a little country, and it is a small-town kind of atmosphere for him. They offered a really nice scholarship, so for me, he could not have found a better place to go.”