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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Reichenberger going for the Gold Saturday

  • Colin Reichenberger is set to compete for gold medals Saturday in the 100 and 300 meter hurdle events.

    On Friday he won both his preliminary events, and had the second best time in both events.
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  •  By James Jordan
    Wellington Daily News
    Colin Reichenberger is set to compete for gold medals Saturday in the 100 and 300 meter hurdle events.
    On Friday he won both his preliminary events, and had the second best time in both events.
    In the 100 meter hurdles he ran a 15.10. In a different heat Jacoby Greenwood of Osowatomie won with a 15.09.  First through eighth place are separated by just over three-tenths of a second.
    He also won his heat in the 300 with a 39.54. Garrett Briton of  Labette County has the fastest time at 39.49.
    Reichenberger said his fastest time this season in the 300 is 39.2, and he thinks he might have to get below 39 Saturday to win.
    “I knew there would be competition, but I felt confident at the start,” he said. “I’ll go all out on Saturday.”
    The important thing Friday was to get through the preliminaries and get to the finals. He did win his heat, but making sure he had one of the fastest times was the primary goal.
    He said he tries to focus on his own race and does not pay a lot of attention to other runners when he is running the hurdles.
    The event is one of precision as runners try to clear the hurdles as closely as they can without hitting any of the hurdles that could slow them down. With less than a second separating the top several positions, the slightest move could have a big impact on the results.
    “Your steps have to be about perfect. Footwork has to be perfect,” he said. “It is a matter of practice and training.”
    He said he likes the 300 hurdle event a little better, but on Saturday he will be trying to win them both.
    The 100 hurdles are set for 10 a.m. and the 300 is at 4:45.
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