by nathan oster
Kyler Flock and McKenna Powers begin the track season with a couple of steps on the competition after spending much of the winter running indoor track for the Worland High School team.
The two seniors were welcomed with open arms, according to their coach, Ed Wise.
“Both of them are really hard workers who did everything they were asked to do,” said Wise, whose girls finished ninth and boys 15th at their recent state meet, which was the culminating act of the indoor season.
Both athletes showed “tremendous improvement” according to Wise.
Powers was the only state placer, as she ran a leg on Worland’s 4×200 relay team, which took seventh place. She finished 10th in the triple jump, barely missing finals. “She competed very well there,” said Wise, noting that it took “two girls who came out of nowhere” to keep her out of finals in the event. Powers went 32 feet, 2 inches in the prelims.
She also placed 18th in the 400 (1:06.05) at the state competition.
And in the 800, she cut 15 seconds during the course of the season. She started around 2:55 and ended around 2:40 — “which for our training facilities, is just tremendous,” said Wise. “Across the board, she improved in all of her events, and that’s what you want to see.”
Flock did the same thing, cutting 3.5 seconds off his time in the 400, 1.6 seconds in the 200 and a whole tenth of a second off his time in the 55 meters. “That may not seem like much, but it’s huge in races like the 55, where the gun goes off, you blink your eyes twice and it’s done,” said Wise. “He’s gotten stronger and better every time out.”
At the state meet, Flock placed 33rd in the 200 (25.02), 21st in the 400 (55.88) and ran on Worland’s 4×200 relay team, which took 12th in 1:43.55.
With the outdoor season now underway, Flock and Powers are expected to be the anchors of the Greybull High School team, which is being coached again this season by Jeff Sukut and Nolan Tracy.
“They’re right now at about mid- to three-quarter season form, just because they came through the indoor season,” said Wise. “They’ll have a tremendous advantage, if they stay healthy and keep working — and with these two, that something I’m not worried about. They’re great kids and they give it their all. I enjoyed having them around. I’m just sorry they are seniors and won’t be able to come back.”