2015 Tiger Track and Field Event-by-Event Preview: Hurdles
Part three in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Hurdles
110 Meter Hurdles
300 Meter Hurdles
WHERE DID THEY FINISH LAST YEAR?
110 Meter Hurdles – Michael Ritter (6th), Jaylon Hibbs (10)
300 Meter Hurdles – Michael Ritter (6th), Jaylon Hibbs (5th at Region)
Jaylon Hibbs – 110 and 300 Meter Hurdles
This is our smallest of the five previews, as there are only two events in this category. The only guy on the team who has had experience at the state meet in one of these events is senior Jaylon Hibbs. There might not be as much depth here as there are at other positions on the team, but with hurdles being kind of an added bonus for most teams in the state, every point could be the difference in deciding this year’s state champion.
Last year in the 110 meter hurdles, Hibbs finished 10th at state. He ranks this year as the 4th best returner.
“I just feel like the 110m is my race,” said Hibbs. “I stumbled over a hurdle last year in state and cost myself time and my team points, so I’m coming back with a vengeance in pursuit of that state title. One thing I’m doing to improve besides lifting weights four times a week, is simply working hard each day at practice and trying not only to better prepare myself this year at state, but my fellow teammates around me as well.”
The Tiger Track and Field team lost a great hurdler in Michael Ritter to graduation, and they are going to need someone to step up this year. Hibbs thinks he knows who it will be.
“Jack Raque for sure,” said Hibbs. “I was really surprised with how much better he has become, since last year especially. We will definitely be competing and pushing each other every day.”
If Raque is as improved as Hibbs says, we could be in for some surprise points at the State Meet.
What’s the difference in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, besides the distance?
“The 110 are all about rhythm and getting three steps in between the hurdles,” said Hibbs “The 300 is more about pacing and saving yourself for those last 3 hurdles to give it all you have. The hardest thing to figure out for me is the pacing itself, so I’ll be doing a lot of work with that throughout the season.”
Next up: Sprints