Freier flies to regionals
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2012
By Richard Greene
Desiree Freier set a high standard last year as a freshman bringing home a state silver medal.
The Northwest pole vaulter has not suffered any type of sophomore jinx. The nation’s second-ranked vaulter heads to Lubbock this weekend looking for a second Class 5A Region I title.
Arriving in Lubbock last year, Freier was unsure what to expect and had to battle some nerves during a three-hour competition.
This year, Freier said she’s ready and confident.
“I’ve been there, and I’m more comfortable,” she said. “It was great to go last year and get that experience.”
Freier will be one of several Texans and Lady Texans in competition.
The Lady Texans will have a pair of relays in action. Haley Kreig, Baylee Nelson, Brittanie Anderson and Selasie Koto will compete in the 4×100 and 4×200.
Northwest ran a 1:44.51 to win the District 7-5A title in the 4×200 two weeks ago.
Northwest coach George Lutkenhaus said the group will need to cut a little time to make the finals in a tough region.
Northwest’s other best shots for medals will be in the distance and middle distance events.
Troy Taylor will make his fourth regional appearance. He is among the top seeds in the 3,200 and 1,600.
Zach Kirkland, who won the 7-5A title in the 800 running a 1:55.86, is seeded third.
“He’s got a chance to get on the podium,” Lutkenhaus said. “If he’s in the race with 150 meters to go, he’s got a kick to run with anyone.”
Freshman Katherine Chavez took second at district in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600. Lutkenhaus said she’s got an outside shot to medal.
Chavez ran an 11:21 in the 3,200 and 5:06 in the 1,600.