Trent Alsin got a big taste of success last May at the Class 2A state track and field championships.
He won a state title in the 100 meters, ran the anchor leg on Black Hills’ winning 400 relay, placed in the top eight in the 200 and long jump, and helped the Wolves capture their first team championship in school history.
But Alsin wanted more; he knew there was room for improvement.
So his offseason regimen was like none of his previous ones.
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His mom, Julie, became like a personal trainer in order to prepare him for Feb. 28 – the first day of track practice. She had her son lifting weights and working on sprint drills to improve technique up to three days per week.
“She knew I really wanted to do as well as I could this year,” said Alsin, an all-league quarterback for the football team. “Basically, making sure I was working hard.”
His goal was simple: To come into his senior season in better condition than in previous years, and hope the hard work results in better times and marks.
Some warmer weather outside also would help.
Anyone who was in attendance at Star Track last May at Mount Tahoma High School knows competitors were forced to deal with stiff winds and intermittent rain for most of the three days. Running into a headwind that registered 3.1 mph in the 100 final, Alsin came from behind early to win in 11.42 seconds – his first individual state title. He also finished seventh in the long jump (21 feet, 4 inches) and eighth in the 200 (23.29).
A week earlier, he had a career-best day, setting school records in the 100 (10.92) and long jump (22-01/4) at the 2A District IV championships at Tumwater District Stadium.
That success motivated Alsin to make sure his senior year was “all that it could be.”
“I was prepared to be a leader for the team, and come in ready,” he said.
Through the team’s first two meets, Alsin has mainly concentrated on the 100, and registered an 11.38 in the season-opening Track Friends meet in Centralia. And for the first – and only – time this season, he threw the shot put 35-8 with no prior practice.
“I’m sure my form was very bad,” Alsin said with a laugh. “It was fun to get to throw. It was a relaxed atmosphere.”
Today, the Wolves host a three-way 2A Evergreen Conference meet with Centralia and North Thurston at Tumwater District Stadium.
Expect Black Hills to compete for another league and district title, and possibly a top-four finish at state, thanks to a core group of sprinters returning and some key additions.
Three of the four sprinters from last year’s state-winning 400 relay team that clocked a time of 43.65 are back – Alsin, and fellow seniors Deverian Varney and Chris Truong. Evan Jackson, Shayne Robinson and Dylan Parker are among those competing to fill the fourth relay spot left vacant by Cody Peterson, who graduated and now plays football at the Naval Academy.
“There’s a good turnout of sprinters,” Alsin said. “Hopefully, kids are excited about last year, and see that we can have success.”
2011 HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD OUTLOOK
BLACK HILLS WOLVES
Coach: Tom St. Clair (fifth year)
Key returnees: Trent Alsin, sr., sprints/jumps/relays, defending 2A 100 state champion; Chris Truong, sr., sprints/relays; Deverian Varney, sr., sprints/relays; Levi Kramer, jr., pole vault; Dylan Parker, jr.; 400, relays; Dakota Phillips, jr., distance/relays; Shayne Robinson, so., sprints/hurdles; Mitchell Stuart, so., shot put; Evan Jackson, sr., sprints/jumps/relays.
Coach’s outlook:“(We’re) looking to defend our league and district title, and potentially place in the top four at state.”
Coach: Jerry Miller (10th year)
Key returnees: Roman Vern, sr., sprints/throws; Logan Myers, sr., jumps; Andy Miller, so., throws; Greg Hibbard, sr., sprints; Alec Temple, jr., distance; David Griffith, jr., distance.
Coach’s outlook:“I would expect us to be in the top three in the league. We have some big performers, but we are young.”
Coach: Autumn Ledgerwood (fifth year)
Key returnees: Andy Robertson, sr., distance/relays, defending 2A 800 state champion; Dakota Parker, sr., distance/relays; Austin Hamilton, sr., throws; Connor Smith, sr., sprints/relays; Dallas Snider, so., distance; Joe Rothlin, jr., sprints/jumps.
Top newcomers: Hunter Jones, fr., sprints/relays.
Coach’s outlook:“We have phenomenal leadership among this group, and a competitive drive that will help them achieve great things this season.”
Coach: Dave Beeler (14th year)
Key returnees: Todd Jackson, sr., distance, defending 2A 3,200 state champion; Damon Poor, sr., jumps; Joel Stark, jr., hurdles/relays; Cooper Gueller, sr., shot put.
Top newcomers: Travin Baker, jr., sprints; Chance Bremer, fr., distance/relays; Erick Atkins, so., 400/relays; Ben O’Brien, fr., shot put/discus.
Coach’s outlook:“I feel our boys team will be very good, but there are some very good other teams.”
NORTH THURSTON RAMS
Coach: Brent Warner (12th year)
Key returnees: Jordan Agtarap, so., distance; Landon Rushton, jr., sprints/jumps; Si Cave, jr., hurdles/throws; Alex Corsi, sr., distance; Brandon Galang, sr., sprints/relays; Mitchell Mahan, sr., relays; Lawyer Tillman, sr., sprints; Mason Wells, sr., hurdles; Brad Pope, sr., jumps.
Top newcomers: Josh Miller, jr., distance; James Jasperson, fr., distance.
NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN NAVIGATORS
Coach: Mike Michael (first year)
Key returnees: Justin Holden, sr., distance, defending 2B 3,200 meter state champion; Lucas Graham, jr., distance; Steven Dunn, sr., sprints/relays; Ben Conner, sr., sprints/relays; Aaron Michael, jr., distance/relays; Steven Goff, sr., hurdles; Josiah Shelman, jr., distance.
Top newcomers: Brian Chase, sr., sprints/jumps; Sam Beam, fr., distance.
Coach’s outlook:“After a close second-place finish (at state) last year and only losing two state scoring seniors, we have our sights set on winning the state title this year. We have a number of potential individual state champions, including the 1,600 relay team.”
Coach: Jesse Stevick (fourth year)
Key returnees: Nate Brennand, sr., distance; Matt Hankins, sr., pole vault; Austin Roth, jr., 400; Tyler Spice, sr., 400; Griffin Boudia, sr., shot put; Jack Schorno, jr., high jump; John Burdette, jr., hurdles; Joel Anthony, sr., javelin; Kyle Bradshaw, so., jumps.
Coach’s outlook:“With the athletes we have coming back and the guys’ willingness to work hard and their desire to succeed, I believe they have the potential to win a Narrows League championship.”
RIVER RIDGE HAWKS
Coach: Phil Lonborg (19th year)
Key returnees: Howie Harper, sr., hurdles/sprints; Nile Norwood, sr., jumps/relays; Elijah Cox, sr., jumps/sprints; Wes Coats, so., jumps; Alec Messman, sr., distance; Reno Hart, sr., distance.
Top newcomers: Rodrigos Burton, sr., pole vault; Sean Carroll, sr., throws; Dimitri Legun, jr., jumps; Isaac Lucas, sr., sprints.
Coach: Todd Taylor (11th year)
Key returnees: Douglas Sudberry, sr., sprints/relays; DeVon Dansby, jr., sprints/jumps/relays; Rashon Smith, jr., hurdles/sprints/relays; James Segura-Mitchell, jr., hurdles/relays; Ian Campbell, jr., throws.
Top newcomers: Markus Cuttino, sr., sprints.
Coach’s outlook:“We are unsure what to expect this season, due to a whole new group of untested kids and a fairly strong group of returning veterans. What we do know is that this is a hungry group of athletes that are working hard. We are looking forward to see how the season unfolds.”
Coach: Brad Dudley (first year)
Key returnees: Luke Larsen, sr., sprints/relays; Andrew Brown, so., sprints/jumps; Bryce Knutzen, sr., distance/relays; Alex Nisbet, so., jumps.
Top newcomers: Lane Russell, fr., jumps/sprints/relays; David Durden, so., throws/relays; Thomas Morrissey, so., distance; Dominique Brown, jr., sprints/jumps/relays.
Coach’s outlook:“Our goal is to continue to improve and develop team strength in all events. We plan to be competitive in league and in our district. We are very young, but have some talented senior athletes who have a good chance at finishing their careers with a place at state.”
Coach: Mike Strong (19th year)
Key returnees: Michael Herlinger-Hopkins, sr., sprints/relays; Travis Neri, sr., throws; Scotty Miller, sr., javelin.
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