Boys HS Track and Field: Century’s Nathan Kraft eyeing two individual state titles

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Century dreams of winning their third state title in four years, but they graduated a talented senior class, but with athletes like Nathan Kraft returning their dream could become a reality.

Senior Nathan Kraft has a chance to win two individual state titles in one year.

“I’ve seen someone who never quit,” co-head coach Justin Miller said. “He’s dealt with some injuries on and off and he’s put in time in the offseason.”

Nathan throws the shot put, discus and javelin. He will come ranked No. 1 in the discus after Levi Rocky graduated.

“I was competing with Levi Rocky for the last two years to get that,” Kraft said. “It’s definitely something to withhold. It’s going to be a challenge all year. Their’s some great people around the state.”

In the shot put, Nathan will be ranked No. 2 behind Chase Dockter.

“In the very beginning of throwing we were always friendly,” Kraft said. “It’s just big, friendly competition.”

The friendship and rivalry between Dockter and Kraft is interesting considering its roots.

“We went to the same middle school,” Dockter said. “He’s ranked No. 1 and something to chase after and hopefully beat at the end of the year.”

Usually, running backs lean towards track events, but during Nathan’s freshman year the coach’s made an executive decision.

“I walked into the shot put right away,” Kraft said. “I threw better than I ran right off the bat. So they decided to move me over to throwing and take me off track.”

The choice paid off as Nathan has a chance to help his team with their third title in four years.

“I try not to bask in the glory as some people might say,” Kraft said. “Honestly, we have a really great program and we can do some great things.”

Nathan said next year he will attend North Dakota State and major in construction engineering.

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