ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Nick Zander captures three state track titles

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"I had high hopes for the mile but for the 4x8 and 800, I had no idea what would happen," said runner Nick Zander.

McDonell junior Nick Zander captured the state title in the mile, the 800, and was a part of the 4x800 relay that took home the gold. Nick was just one second away from both the mile and 800 state records.

"The state records are really kind of in the back of my mind now after that," says Zander. "I didn't know the state 800 record going in to it and I think that's doable for next year."

Nick's success comes in part to having great training partners. Teammate Grant Pulver finished second in the the 2mile and 3rd in the 2mile.

"I'm pressing it kind of hard in practice or just normally on easy runs, and I don't know if that's either a good thing or bad thing but he brings it in the workouts and we just help each other get along," says Pulver.

"We make each other better. We push each other," says Zander. "We help each other finish, get to the next level. We basically helped each other get to state this year."

"You know both pushing each other in a positive manner. It's perfect teammates, exactly what you'd like to see," says coach Marty Bushland.

The duo averages about 40 miles a week. They show others that the results they get are indicative of the work they put in.

"These guys didn't start great but they've worked themselves to the level of greatness and these guys are a couple of the best runners this state has had. You know obviously Nick just knocking on the door of the state record, is in a very elite group and Nick's right behind him," adds Bushland."

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