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Young track team settling into season; Jackson breaks school record

RIVERTON, KAN. – Southeast sophomore Sailor Jackson broke a school record and set two personal records at this year’s Riverton Relays, with junior Alli Markley and senior Truman Buckley each winning their competitions, and Buckley setting a personal best as well.

“Sailor (Jackson) said she didn’t stress as much,” Southeast Coach Nick Cheney, Jr. said afterward. “She was just going to perform and see what happens.”

At the Riverton Relays held April 11, 2017, after taking 2nd place in both Girls High Jump (4’8″) and Girls Javelin (117’4″), both personal records, Jackson took on the Girls Pole Vault. She cleared 8’0″ on her first attempt, setting a new school record. While she did not clear 8’6″, she was easily over the bar her first try but was unable to push away the pole and it knocked off the bar. Unfortunately, by that time, fatigue had taken its toll.

Jackson wasn’t the only Lancer with a personal best that day. Senior Truman Buckley and a couple of other CNC throwers have been taking turns winning the Boys Javelin. Before Buckley’s final attempt, a competitor had thrown nearly 150 feet, but the thrower scratched by a few inches so the throw did not count. Buckley then threw a personal best, 148’11”, 11″ further than the next best throw, to take 1st place.

Junior Alli Markley broke the school record in Girls Discus just a few weeks ago and while she was unable to reach or beat that mark, she still took 1st place with a throw of 92’9″, nearly 6 feet further than the 2nd place throw.

There are only a handful of upperclassmen on the Southeast Track Team has this year, which is very heavy on freshmen and sophomores for both boys and girls. Coach Cheney said it will take time for the younger athletes to learn it’s not “just running”, explaining strategy is different for each event, especially sprints, mid-distance and distance running.

“There is a right and wrong way to run each event, and they have to learn how to run them, and the strategy we use and what times they should be at certain points in events,” Coach Cheney said.

This is why timing workouts during practice is so important. Coach Cheney said runners who do the 800 Meter Run practice 200M and 400M to learn when to run slow to conserve energy, and when to run fast to use up that energy stored. A runner with too much energy left at the end of the race failed to reach their potential.

Plus, training changes as the year progresses

“You set up training so that you peak at Regionals and State (in May). You start cutting back quantity at the midway point of the year, and start doing more quality reps.”

It’s still early in the season but Coach Cheney has been pleased with how the younger athletes are coming along.

“They are learning how to compete with older kids that are more mature and more experienced. Usually, once you get some success, you start to believe more in yourself and it just just hopefully clicks.”

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Southeast Results:
Boys Javelin: 1st, Truman Buckley, 148’11 (New Personal Record)
Boys 4×800: 4th, SE Boys Team, 9:41.15
Girls Discus: 1st, Alli Markley, 92’9″
Girls High Jump: 2nd, Sailor Jackson, 4’8″ (PR)
Girls Javelin: 2nd, Sailor Jackson, 117’4″ (PR)
Girls Pole Vault: 2nd, Sailor Jackson, 8’0″ (New School Record)
Girls Triple Jump: 4th, Sara Clausen, 27′ 2.25″
Girls 4×800: 5th, SE Girls Team, 12:10.29
Girls 300M Hurdles: 5th, Saydi Sullivan, 56.09

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