Archive for Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sprinters not competitive at KT Woodman

April 17, 2008

Hand signals, at least for the De Soto track team, weren't an effective means of communication Saturday at the KT Woodman track meet in Wichita.

Coaches weren't allowed on the field at the meet, which meant athletes were left on their own to make adjustments and get motivated. And, except for Andre Linzy's performances in the long jump and triple jump, De Soto athletes could have used a coach in their ear. That was especially the case with the sprinters.

"I hope it woke a bunch of them up because we've got some talent there,' coach Brian Dinkel said. "It's just getting them to go out there and run the way they are capable on a consistent basis."

De Soto's top boys sprinter, freshman Jordan Riffel, was out of the meet because of illness. It didn't hurt the team, though, as the KT Woodman meet doesn't keep team results.

"I don't think we would have finished all that high anyways," Dinkel said. "We didn't have that many kids in

the top-8."

Linzy won both the long jump and the triple jump to achieve the best results for De Soto. His long jump measured 22 feet, 4.5 inches, and was 10 inches farther than the second-place jump.

He was equally impressive, but less dominant, in the triple jump. He won that event with a leap of 42 feet, 11.75 inches. The second place finisher jumped 3.75 inches shorter than Linzy's mark.

Jamell Townsend came in third behind Linzy in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 10.75 inches. In the triple jump Townsend was fifth with a jump of 41 feet, 5.25 inches.

Linzy, along with Barbara Hartz, will skip the Eudora Relays Thursday to compete in the Kansas Relays Friday in Lawrence. Linzy will compete in the two events he won Saturday, while Hartz will compete in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles.

Townsend was one athlete Dinkel said was borderline in making the Kansas Relays. Scores from the last two years were considered, and since Townsend participated in track a year ago at Minneapolis, Kan., Dinkel could not supply the Kansas Relays with official results.

"We had to give them what he's jumped this year and that didn't quite get him in," Dinkel said. "But I'd bet he was right on the line."

Hartz, in the high jump Saturday, was one athlete who could have benefited from having a coach on the field.

"The wind was really messing with her. It was at her back and it kept pushing her closer to the pit on her takeoff," Dinkel said. "She was hitting the bar on her way up every time. We were using hand signals to communicate and we weren't doing a very good job with that."

Hartz came in tied for 16th in the event, with a jump of 4 feet, 8 inches. She jumped 5 feet, 2 inches the last time De Soto saw action April 3 at Mill Valley's meet. That would have landed her in second place at the KT Woodman.

"That will really help her, though, because she knows what Wichita is like," Dinkel said. "She'll see big, flat surface, big stadium whenever she goes down there for state and I think that will help her a lot."

Hartz placed 10th in the 100-meter hurdles.

A trio of freshmen, Shelbi Petty, Lacey Erickson and Ellie Sheridan performed well in distance running. They finished eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively in the 1600. Erickson also placed fifth in the 3200.

Zach England registered a personal record in the 1600, placing 12th with a time of 5 minutes, 2.18 seconds.

"He ran real well and was real competitive," Dinkel said. "You could see he wanted to get in there and compete with those guys. He just needs to get a little bit stronger, so I think running against that type of competition, he realizes the next step he needs to take to get there."

De Soto now enters the homestretch of its season which will culminate in regionals four weeks down the road.

"From about this point on it's big meets. They're going to have to step it up or some of them are going to be left at home for some of those things (regionals and state), and I think most of them want to go to state," Dinkel said. "At least I hope they do."


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