BANKS — Competing at a meet with 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools, Perrydale’s track and field teams were looking to make a statement at the Rob Frank Invitational at Banks High School on Saturday.
That’s exactly what they did.
On the girls side, Abigail Bibler took second in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 1½ inches.
Amity Deters placed third in the long jump (14-7), fifth in the high jump (4-4) and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (52.95 seconds).
“She’s an amazing kid and a great all-around athlete,” coach Brian Evans said. “She’s in the top two or three in districts in all of her events right now.”
Evans is also considering placing Deters in the triple jump. It would mean an increased workload on meet days, but give her a realistic shot of qualifying for state in as many as four events, Evans said.
Jacob Pope led the boys with a fifth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 129-0 and an eighth-place finish in the discus (109-5).
“Jacob is probably my hardest worker,” Evans said. “He’s trying very hard at practice to get better every day. His two events are highly competitive this year, but we continue to fine tune his approach and delivery.”
Evans is trying a new approach to training during the season. In previous years, the focus has been getting kids ready to perform their best at each meet.
This time, Evans has his team thinking big-picture, and ready to perform at their peak at districts — a strategy that Evans is excited to see pay off in a big way this spring.
“In the past, if we had a meet on a Thursday, we would go hard Monday, then back off on Tuesday,” Evans said. “Wednesday would be a day to fine tune. This year, we are working hard right up to the meet. Our goal is to have it all come together for districts. We have some kids lifting three days a week, and sometimes that’s a day before a meet. To us, we’re focused on getting the kids stronger and putting all our cards on the table for districts.”
The Pirates will compete at Sheridan Thursday at 3:30 p.m.