Angle sprints to top of distance line-up
It didn't take Tyler Angle very long to become the Bulldogs top distance runner.
Before the track season started the Kingman High School sophomore's goal was to qualify for the Class 5A state track and field meet.
"I just wanted to qualify for state in the mile and the two mile," said Angle, who didn't qualify for the state meet as a freshman.
Earlier in the season, Angle qualified for state in the 1600-meter run and the 3200.
"I knew that he would qualify for state in both the mile and two mile," KHS distance coach Ran Hanks said.
"I wasn't surprised that he qualified for state.
"From the start of the year, the goal in the mile was 4:25.
I don't think that he has gone the fastest that he can go.
The best time of the year for him has been 4:29."
Angle is also on the 4x800 relay team, who qualified for the state meet.
Other members of the relay team are Jarrod Chambers, Brandon Lopez and Brian Couch.
The state meet is slated for May 9-12 at Glendale Community College.
"I was happy and surprised that I qualified so early in the season in the two events," said Angle, who is also a standout cross country runner.
"I would say that the two mile race is the better one of the two.
During the season, I have been ranked in the top 10 in the state in the 3200.
The mile is for guys that are fast pace."
Wednesday, Angle finished in fifth place in the 1600-meter run at the Northwest Regional track and field meet in Phoenix.
In the race, Angle was tripped in the second lap, but got back up to have a decent showing.
"It was very windy during the race," Angle said.
"I started passing people, and that is when it happened.
I tried to catch up to the leaders, but I didn't get them.
I just didn't run very good.
I could have done a lot better.
It was kind of disappointing."
Angle said he was glad he had already had qualifying times before regionals.
"It helps to have a qualifying time before regionals because you just don't know what is going to happen at regionals," Angle said
Hanks said Angle has a bright future ahead of him.
"Tyler has some time drop, but I believe that he has the potential to be competitive in the state in the next two years," Hanks said.
Hanks said Angle works hard every day in practice.
"On days when the rest of the track team doesn't have practice the distance runners will go and do another workout whether it will be here or off campus," Hanks said.
"Tyler is very goal oriented and they just work hard at what they do.
It is easy to tell when Tyler is disappointed.
I know that Tyler wants to do well, but when he qualified for state he was pretty excited."
This year Angle was also a member of the Kingman boys' varsity basketball team.
During the summer, Angle will take part in summer basketball and running camps to put himself in position to become one of the top runners in the state.
"Basketball is just something that I look forward to do, and it is less running compared to track and cross country," Angle said.
"Over the summer, I will continue to run, and go to running camps.
"In track you can definitely mark your progress better because you have meets all the time.
In cross country, the only time you can mark your progress in when you run against the competition."