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Rustler boys track in a youth movement

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In 2009, CMR sprinter Chris Wilson broke the All Class state records in both the 100 meter (10.48 secs) and 200 meter (21.06 seconds) runs. Now another Rustler sprinter is burning up the track with lofty goals.

“Yeah at some point before my senior year, that’s what I’m aiming for.”

That’s how CMR sophomore sprinter Damien Nelson responds when asked if he thinks he can someday break Wilson’s record. And he could be on his way. Between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Nelson dropped his personal best time from 11.8 to 11.26. The latter time is good enough for third best in the state in 2016, tied for second best in Class AA behind fellow sophomore Gabe Sulser. What’s the secret?

“It was more just working hard over the summer,” Nelson said. “Getting in the weight room.”

And the hard work has paid off. With just three meets under his belt, the speedy sophomore has already qualified for state.

“That was pretty much my whole goal,” Nelson said. “So it’s pretty exciting to get there as a sophomore.”

“And Nelson is not the only young Rustler who will head to Missoula for the State AA meet. Freshman Tucker Greenwell cleared 6-feet, 3-inches in the high jump over the weekend in Helena to qualify for state. But he had to wait a while for other jumpers to try lower heights and that led to a few nervous moments from the first year trackster.

“My Starting height is 5’7” so most of the other guys are already eliminated when I start,” Greenwell said. I always psych myself out at the beginning because some of the kids look really good. When someone makes it and I still have to clear that height it kind of messes with me. But I think as the year goes on, it will work out.”

Greenwell said he gets better every day. 6-feet, 3-inches is currently tied for the second best mark in Class AA. Greenwell has nearly hit 6-feet, 5-inches numerous times. High jumping is an event where the older more physically developed male athletes have an advantage. So his teammates have taken to calling Greenwell the “Freshman Phenom”. He laughs.. But he has his sights set high. Way high.

“I think our school record is 6-feet, 10.5 inches,” said Greenwell. “I’m definitely trying to go after that. I mean that’s what records are for is breaking the. So I think that’s what I’m trying to get.”

Safe to say that mark will be under assault for the next four years.

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