2015 Tiger Track and Field Event-by-Event Preview: Sprints
Part four in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Sprints
100 meter dash
200 meter dash
400 meter dash
WHERE DID THEY FINISH LAST YEAR?
100 meter dash – Taijon Smith (5th at Region), Cedric Miller (6th at Region)
200 meter dash – No participants at Region
400 meter dash – Colin O’Daniel (5th at State), Joe Butler (6th at Region)
Taijon Smith – 100 meter dash
Colin O’Daniel – 400 meter dash
Joe Butler – 400 meter dash
The Tiger Track and Field has never been know for their sprinting, but with experience and talent coming back, this could be a big year for the Tiger Sprinters.
Senior Taijon Smith will lead the Tiger Track and Field team in 100 meter dash. He failed to make State last season, as he finished 5th at Region. He is the 3rd best returning 100 meter sprinter in the Region this season, so he could make some noise and possibly make it to Lexington.
In the 200, Juniors Colin O’Daniel and Joe Butler are two of the best St. X has to offer, and they would be the most likely representatives in this event. O’Daniel will most likely not run in the 200 this year at Region and State, as he will probably run in the 400, 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 meter relay along with jumping in the High Jump. So, that probably leaves Butler as the only likely candidate to run in the 200 this year at Region. There is always the possibility that they will just not put anyone in the event, however, like they did last year.
O’Daniel is coming off a very impressive sophomore campaign. After finishing 4th at Region, he shocked the Kentucky High School Track world with a 5th place showing at State. Now, as a Junior, O’Daniel will no longer be looked over. He will be one of the favorites for a podium finish this year.
“I am very excited for the 400 this season,” said O’Daniel. “With my experiences last year I know how to properly train for it and know what it will take to run the best I can. I think with my hard work I can take #1. Also my goal is to drop a second from my PR and get the  record at St. X.”
Who could surprise people this year, though?
“Sophomore Ricky Garr could be a good 100 runner this year,” said O’Daniel. “Max Masterson for the 200. [Jonathon] Coats also for both 100 and 200. Patrick Ritter has also improved greatly on his 400 and is one of our top competitors.”
Next up: Distance