Posted: May 9, 2013 11:12 AM by Ted Dawson
Updated: May 9, 2013 11:13 AM
MANHATTAN - To watch Manhattan High senior Ike Zier warming up, he doesn't really look that fast, but put a set of hurdles in front of him and look out.
"He's one of the best I've ever coached and not just as a competitor but as a kid. He's a great role model for all the other young athletes. He just comes and works hard and he's one of the humblest kids we've ever had," Manhattan track coach John Sillitti said.
Ike, who won a state hurdles championship last year, is undefeated so far this season in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.
"My 110 time is definitely faster than what I thought it was going to be this year and the 300s. I wanted to break 40 a little sooner this year but right now, I guess, it's time to peak," Ike said.
In practically every race, he's had a teammate pushing him. Nate Vanderby has come in second to Zier in all his races.
"That helps me a lot, especially in the 110s. Sometimes there isn't very much competition, so he's really my competition other than myself. It's really nice having him and he's my best friend so definitely can share that," Ike said.
Ike is being recruited by Division I schools around the country.
"(I'd) definitely like to get the school record in the 300 hurdles and maybe the 110 hurdles, as well, and maybe get another state championship for the boys team," he said.