DEWITT — Colton Meyer doesn’t mind being "the other hurdler" in Lincoln.
Right now, however, the Lincoln Lutheran senior and Concordia recruit doesn’t have to take the backseat to anyone else in the state in the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Meyer reeled off the fastest time in the state so far this spring and broke the Dan Tesar/Tri County Invitational meet record in 38.8 seconds on a near-perfect track day Tuesday. He doubled that with a win in the 110 highs, where he finished in :14.9 after registering a :14.7 in the preliminaries.
“I’ll take it,” Meyer said when told his time was the best in the state at this point of the season. “At the beginning of the season, I thought anything under 39 would be good. Now I guess I probably need to rethink my goals. Now getting under 38 would be huge.”
Meyer, who pushes 6-foot-5, is using a combination of his long legs and more speed between the hurdles to bring his 300 time down.
“Last year, I was a little too bouncy over the hurdles, but now I feel like I’m getting over them and not losing stride,” said Meyer, who finished second in the 300s at the Class C state meet last spring and fourth in the 110 highs.
Meyer and the rest of the 110 high hurdlers had a slight headwind to contend with in both the preliminaries and finals, and that probably cost him a chance to break his own meet record of :14.5 he set last year.
“Last year we had a good tailwind behind us, but it was just the opposite today,” Meyer said. “With my height, I’m getting a little too close to the hurdle (in the 110s) and that’s something I’m working through. I might be better off next year with the college hurdle being 3 inches higher. That might stop me a little shorter.”
Meyer will never get a chance to race against three-time Class A state champion Darius Luff of Lincoln High this season. Meyer will be at the Nebraska Track and Field Festival on Thursday at Papillion-La Vista South, but Luff will not be there, focusing instead on Lincoln High’s own meet, the Harold Scott Invitational, on Wednesday.
Luff, who has the fastest electronic 110 hurdle time in state history at :13.84, recorded a :13.6 hand time (second on the all-time charts) on Saturday at the Papillion-La Vista South Invitational.
Meyer has never raced against the Nebraska recruit, but he’s watched him run a number of times.
“He’s an incredible athlete; it would be a dream to be in the same race with him sometime,” Meyer said. “I’m always watching his videos on Instagram, and his form and technique are amazing.”
Meyer finished with four gold medals Tuesday, also running legs on Lutheran’s victorious 400 relay (:44.51) and 1,600 relay (meet record 3:25.8). Wilber-Clatonia won the boys team title in the 10-team meet by a 108-84 margin over the Warriors. The Wolverines’ Michael Pulliam led the way by winning the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 6 inches.
Josie Puelz’s four gold medals helped power the Lutheran girls to a narrow 120.33-119 win over Fairbury for team honors. Puelz won the pole vault with a meet record 12-0 before sweeping the hurdle events, taking the 100s in :15.9 and the 300s in :48.0. She anchored Lutheran’s winning 400 relay (:51.4).
Fairbury’s Sara Huss also won four events. She took first in the 200 (:27.0), 400 (1:01.1) and discus (138-7), and ran on Fairbury’s winning 1,600 relay (4:22.2).