GRAND ISLAND — Cross County’s Parker Anderson said he felt the start of the 100-meter dash at the Grand Island Independent’s Central Nebraska Track and Field Championships didn’t go too well.
“I felt like I didn’t get out of the blocks that well,” the Cross County senior said.
After that, Anderson picked up his speed to win easily in 10.8 seconds.
It only got better as Anderson also captured the 200 and the 400 races as well Wednesday at Northwest High School.
Those individual efforts allowed Anderson to be named the CNTC Outstanding Boys Athlete of the Meet.
“One of the goals I set after football season was to win three events here,” Anderson said. “I still can’t stop smiling after all that. This is incredible and I’m very happy with how the day went.”
After the bad start, Anderson went to another gear in the 100. Broken Bow’s Alex White finished second at 11.1.
“Once I got out into my power phase after the bad start, I knew it was going to be a very good day,” Anderson said. “I wanted to get under 11 seconds and I did that.”
Anderson followed the 100 by taking the 400 at 49.8. He capped the day by taking the 200 in 22.0. He edged St. Paul’s Nolan Dethlefs in both races. Dethlefs ran a 50.0 in the 400 and a 22.3 in the 200.
Cross County coach Ty Twarling said Anderson’s work ethic is a reason why he’s been successful in not only the CNTC on Wednesday but in other meets so far this season.
“He set some high goals after state last year. He went into the weight room and dedicated himself to getting stronger,” Twarling said. “It’s really paid off for him.
“He’s so competitive and wants to do things right. He said right away that he didn’t think his start was that great. The drive he has to not get beat was very evident today and to have this kind of competition was great for him.”
Anderson took the basketball season off to work out at a speed and agility camp at Madonna Proactive in Lincoln.
“I went there three times a week for three months and I feel like going there has really paid off a lot,” Anderson said.
Weather has been a concern for Anderson and Cross County as well. Most of the meets the Cougars have competed in this year have been canceled.
The CNTC was postponed from Monday to Wednesday. Anderson said he’s glad it was postponed and not canceled. “This is one of my favorite meets to compete in,” he said. “I feel this meet is harder than state by far. You are going up against the bigger schools in the area. I feel that competition helps out a whole lot. I went to state last year and felt this meet was much tougher.”
With the CNTC meet behind him, Anderson said he will turn his focus to districts and state.
“I want to win districts and do well at state,” Anderson said. “Hopefully this will carry over into those meets.”