Jackrabbits break two track records
Samantha Kleyn was not looking for any school records when the season began back in March, however Victor Salgado has been chasing the 3200-meter school record for the past several seasons.
Both have found themselves in the QHS record books this season.
Kleyn, a junior, ran the 300 hurdles in 46.94 seconds at the Prosser Rotary Invite on April 25.
“It just came out of nowhere,” she said.
Salgado, a senior, posted a 9:56.06 in the 3200 at the 55th Shelton Invitational last weekend.
“Finally after all these years,” he said.
Kleyn entered the season with a personal best of 49.14 in 300 hurdles, which she ran as a freshman. At the CliftonLarsonAllen Quincy Invite on April 18, she ran the 300s in 47.73.
“I didn’t even know what the school record was until I ran the high 47,” said Kleyn. “(Coach David) Stoddard said I was close to the school record.”
The record was set by Krystal Bowman in 1994 with a time of 47.70.
A week later Kleyn ran her 46.94 in Prosser to break the record.
“It’s just coming together. She’s building confidence.” said Stoddard. “Her 100s are just as impressive.”
At the Quincy Invite on April 18, Kleyn posted a time of 16.17 in the 100 hurdles, which was nearly a second improvement. Since then she lowered her 100 hurdles time to 15.82 at the Shelton Invite. The current school record of 15.20 was set by Bowman in 1994.
Stoddard points to her newfound confidence, while Kleyn pinpointed her start for her huge improvement in the 300s.
“He said to work on the start. Honestly, it’s just my start. I go out hard in the beginning and it takes care of itself,” Kleyn said. “(I also) think I am physically stronger this year.”
Salgado, a senior, opened the year with a personal best of 10:06.87 which he ran as a sophomore.
In the first six outings this season he has posted times as low as 10:08 and as high as 10:34. But the trip west to High Climber Stadium in Shelton saw everything come together, despite the fact that this Jackrabbit ranked 15th out of 16 runners entering the race. He finally seized his opportunity to beat the 5-year-old record of 9:58.83 set by Adrian Diaz.
“I just felt good. I felt real light,” Salgado said. “I had an idea to go out with the pack out front.
“I said, ‘If I die, I die.’”
Salgado kept the pace up the whole way and placed sixth.
He turned a blind eye to the clock and never worried about the record, until he crossed the finish line.
“I heard it was a 9:56. I’m so excited,” Salgado said. “I know I can beat it by even more.”
Stoddard said Salgado took advantge of the conditions to run his PR.
“It was a good meet,” the coach said. “It was the best weather in 20 years. It was 70 degrees and with no wind.”