Keeping busy at state track
That’s the only possible way to describe last weekend for me, as I spent all day, every day at the Coed State Track Meet.
And if you followed my Twitter feed Thursday through Saturday, you knew it was exactly that — nonstop.
I apologize if I flooded your Twitter timeline on those days, but at least I filled it with the accomplishments of some great student athletes in our area.
While our area didn’t have any state champions this year, there were still plenty of noteworthy performances.
Among some of the highlights was Mount Ayr senior Braydee Poore earning his third gold or silver medal in the high jump, Creston sophomore Jay Wolfe placing in the 800 meter run for the second straight year, Creston senior Briar Evans breaking a school record in the 400 meter hurdles and the Mount Ayr boys breaking three school records.
Creston sophomore Maria Mostek broke a school record in the 1,500 meter run and senior teammate Brianna Maitlen earned her fourth career state meet medal in the long jump competition. East Union broke a school record in the shuttle hurdle relay.
And then there was Murray junior Kate Patton, who seemed to be just about the only person in the stadium who was busier than I was, competing in all four of her events in just a three hour span on Thursday.
Between the Creston coverage area and the Osceola coverage area, there were 74 entries that I was following. That’s in addition to the golf, soccer and tennis competitions CNA sports writer Larry Peterson covered those days.
It made for a hectic weekend, as there were several times I was running all over the place trying to get photos of everyone.
I’m sure if there had been a live video feed following me all day, you’d have seen me running around like a dog trying to figure out where the smell of bacon is coming from, as I was trying to cover as much ground and get to as many events as I could.
I think every area student-athlete who competed at the Coed State Track Meet should be very proud of what he or she accomplished. Every one of them represented southwest Iowa well on the track and with class off the track.
Even with the crazy weather situation teams endured throughout the season, performances were still outstanding.
Creston girls head coach Clay Arnold made the point that since the southern teams only got a few meets in during the season and the northern teams barely got any meets in during the season, no one peaked early ahead of the state meet.
And spectators certainly saw that on display as a number of state meet records and all-time bests were set at the meet.
In the Class 3A and Class 4A boys 1,600 meter runs — back-to-back races on the meet schedule — the state meet record was set in the Class 3A boys race by Boone’s Chandler Austin and then Dowling Catholic’s Jason Thomas followed up that performance by running the state’s all-time best time in the event.
If you took a soda bottle, shook it violently for a couple of minutes and then took the cap off, allowing all of the soda and fizz to come rushing out, that’s kind of what the state meet was like.
Since no one peaked early because of the weather, like Arnold said, there was just so much pressure built up, ready to relieve itself. And that pressure relieved itself in the form of school, meet and state records.
“I hear voices in my head / they counsel me / they understand / they talk to me.”
When the song started up and those lyrics blasted through the soundsystem Sunday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, it was one of the loudest moments I’ve been a part of in my life.
The reason — “The Viper” Randy Orton was making his entrance in front of the hometown crowd at the WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view event, about to take on Big Show in an “Extreme Rules Match.”
As if three straight days of nonstop track and field action wasn’t enough for me, Bryant McCabe and I packed up the car and drove to St. Louis Sunday morning to take in the first pay-per-view event since April’s WrestleMania.
It was Bryant’s first time at a WWE event and my third time going. But it was my first time witnessing Orton, one of my favorite WWE superstars and one of Bryant’s favorite WWE superstars, perform as a “face,” or a good guy, in front of his hometown crowd of St. Louis.
And the crowd absolutely blew the roof off the building when he entered. The crowd ate up everything he did. And after he delivered a pair of RKOs to Big Show and defeated the 7-foot-tall, 400-pound monster, the building erupted again.
Orton took a few extra moments to soak in the love the crowd was giving him. How cool it must have been to be in his shoes at that moment.
Taking in a WWE live event is certainly an experience. The production quality and entertainment is top-notch and is unlike anything else.
And even though everyone in the crowd had his or her own favorite superstars and may have been rooting against the superstar the person next to him or her was rooting for, everyone came together for the three-hour show and had a good time.
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