2015 Tiger Track and Field Event-by-Event Preview: Field Events
Part two in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Field Events
WHERE DID THEY FINISH LAST YEAR?
Discus – Jake Glass (7th)
High Jump – Colin O’Daniel (20th)
Long Jump – Blake Isaacs (4th)
Pole Vault – David Flynn (13th)
Shot Put – Jake Glass (2nd), Stephen Gray (7th)
Triple Jump – Lucas Miller (5th at Region)
Discus – Jake Glass (SR), Michael Richards (SR)
High Jump – Colin O’Daniel (JR)
Long Jump – Max Masterson (SO)
Shot Put – Jake Glass (SR)
Triple Jump – James Bryant (SO)
Senior Jake Glass will lead the field events this season, as he finished 7th in Discus and 2nd in the Shot Put last spring at state. If the Tiger Track and Field team wins their first state title since 2003 this year, Glass will be a huge reason why. With a couple of seniors from other schools graduating and moving on from high school discus, Glass has a huge opportunity to improve on that 7th place finish last season.
“It was a long offseason, and I’ve already done what it takes to be competing for the gold medal,” Glass said. “Once my competition rhythm is back, the tape will tell the story.”
Last year in the High Jump, Colin O’Daniel finished 20th at the State meet. This year, he will be in contention for a top 8 spot and the ability to score for the team.
“I would say I need to work on my form for one thing,” said O’Daniel. “Also, I need to work on saving my legs. My legs were worn out and I had shin splints during state last year. This year I’ll work on stretching them more. We also have a new high jump coach, and I’m sure he will help me improve.”
In the Long Jump, the Tigers lose Blake Isaacs to graduation, but they return sophomore Max Masterson. Masterson finished 11th in the Region as a freshman last season, and he could make some noise this season. He could be a dark horse to make state this season. There are a lot of young horses in the Long Jump around the Commonwealth of Kentucky, so it will be difficult. He was the 2nd best freshman in Kentucky in the event last year, so expect to hear even more about Masterson in the coming years.
The pole vaulters on St. X lack major experience, as no one on the roster has vaulted at state. This will be an event to watch throughout the season, as it will be interesting to see who steps up and takes the roster spot for Regionals.
Triple Jump will have one member coming back form the Region team last year. Sophomore James Bryant will be vying for a spot in State and an opportunity to score points, a chance St. X did not have in last season’s State Meet.
Glass will also participate in the Shot Put this season. He is coming off a runner-up finish last season in the event, and it will be a great matchup between him and Landon Young of Lafayette, last year’s state champion. It will most likely come down to those two, and if Glass could become an individual champion in the event, those two extra points could go a long way in the team standings.
“I’ve put in just as much, if not more, time than any athlete in this state, and now I’m walking into this season as a different entity,” Glass explained. “I’m stronger, faster and I don’t think anyone in the state can beat me.”
Next up: Hurdles