As the weather starts to heat up, the times are already dropping for Great Bend High School senior Matt Moyd.
After Moyd finished third in the 110-meter hurdles during the Class 5A portion of the state track and field championships last May at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, he vowed that he would come back this spring and win it all.
Moyd, who clocked 15.03 seconds to win last year’s regional meet at Friends University in Wichita, took home the bronze medal in a time of 15.24.
It made for an offseason of discontent for Moyd, who has taken upon himself to get better and better every time out in preparing for his final season with the Panthers.
“I have been practicing really hard year-round,” Moyd said. “I was doing indoor track to try and keep my stamina up. I’ve been working on my flexibility to get ready for this season.
“I know that I’m going to go faster than last year. I know that I’m going to push harder than ever, so I can actually get to that first-place level. My best time last year would have won (state), but this season, I want to beat my old time and get down into the 14s and show up at state and win it.”
Moyd, considered the best all-around athlete at GBHS, already has a good start, a barometer to go by, if you will.
In the season opener last Friday at the Alex Francis Classic in Hays, held on the Fort Hays State University campus, Moyd clocked 15.11 to capture first place.
Today, Moyd and his GBHS teammates head to Junction City to take part in the Junction City Invitational at Al Simpler Stadium. It starts at 3.
One of Moyd’s goals entering today’s meet is to eclipse the sub-15-second plateau. He will be encountering the likes of several Class 6A competitors.
“Whenever I’m going up against bigger, taller and tougher opponents … physically tougher, not mentally, I know that I can push and try to go as hard as I can,” Moyd said. “I feel like I need to get that push, so that I can just get my fastest time that I’ve had, and I feel like it might be (today).”
Moyd doesn’t have a low-water mark in the 110 hurdles, other than establishing something under his career-best time.
“I’m not setting out, looking for a 14.8 or 14.9,” he said. “I don’t know what my time is going to be. All I want to do is be faster than last year … surprise myself on how much I’ve grown physically and how capable I am.”
Moyd also plans to run the 100 dash this season, along with running on some of the Panthers’ relay teams.
“Last year, my best time was 11.04, and I’m trying to get down to 10.9 or 10.8 or lower than that,” he said. “I know that the faster my 100 time gets, the faster I can get my hurdles, but I still have to work on my flexibility for the hurdles.”
Great Bend High School
2012 Track & Field schedule
Today — At Junction City, 3:30 p.m.
April 3 — At Ellinwood JV, 4 p.m.
April 10 — GREAT BEND INVITATIONAL, 3:30 p.m.
April 13-14 — At KU Relays, TBA
April 17 — GREAT BEND JV INVITATIONAL, 3:30 p.m.
April 20 — At Buhler, 4 p.m.
April 23 — At Salina Central JV, 3:30 p.m.
April 27 — At Hutchinson, 3 p.m.
May 1 — At Garden City V/JV, 3 p.m.
May 4 — At Salina Central, 3:30 p.m.
May 10 — At WAC meet in Dodge City, 4 p.m.
May 18 — Class 5A regionals, TBA
May 25-26 — Class 5A state track & field meet, TBA
Great Bend High School
2012 Track & Field Roster
O Connor, Marissa
Warren, Nick W
Head coach — Bo Black
Assistants — Brian Vesta, Jackie Cook, Cindy Beck, Cliff Burt, Todd Kaiser, Jason Tatkenhorst and Brett Middleton