Bismarck High will be looking for a repeat performance out of 300-meter hurdle state champion Christian Walth and then a little extra.
Once you win a state championship in your junior year, coaches start to raise the bar the following season.
“Try some different events where he can help the team,” head coach Darrell Anderson said. “Maybe a couple of relays. He also may have to do the long jump.”
At last year’s state meet, Christian Walth won the 300-meter hurldes. Then, he finished third in the 110-meter hurdles and fifth in the 4×100 meter relay.
“I would like to win in both of the hurdles this year,” Walth said. “Breaking both of my times last year.”
Last year’s victory was a bit of a surprise.
“I just remember looking at the crowd and realizing that I won,” Walth said. “I didn’t think I did because there was a shadow to my right and did think that somebody else did beat me. When I saw that I was first place, I started crying for about 10 mintues. So that was really great.”
Walth’s 39.16 performance was his new personal best by a second.
But the race was not perfect. Walth said there where areas he could have been better.
“Middle hurdles,” Walth said, “which is the 100 to the 200 I hit every single hurdle.
And when he is not trying to make coaches happy, he has to make his parents happy.
“They’re tired of seeing my run for less than 12 seconds,” Walth said.
The next scheduled meet for Walth and Bismarck High is next Friday at NDSU State Indoor meet in Fargo.