After missing his entire junior track and field season with a knee injury, Hays High’s Ethan Nunnery quickly made up for lost time in the first two meets of his senior campaign.
Nunnery started the season with a leap of 46 feet, 7.75 inches in the Alex Francis Classic, then followed it up with a mark of 47-4 in the second meet at Great Bend.
“It was a perfect day to do it,” Nunnery said. “I broke the school record in the first one and then I broke my own record in the Great Bend meet.”
Up until recently, Nunnery’s mark from the Great Bend meet stood as the best triple jump in the state. Shawnee Mission West’s Reginald Edwards has since eclipsed Nunnery’s jump by just three and a half inches.
Nunnery is striving to replicate his performances from early in the season as he gears up to compete in triple jump in the state meet.
“Hopefully, I can get a 47 again,” he said.
Nunnery suffered the knee injury early during his junior basketball season but showed no ill effects as a senior, excelling in soccer, basketball and track.
“Playing soccer and basketball helped a lot,” Nunnery said. “I wasn’t worried. I knew my knee would (get back to full strength).”
After his success jumping this season, he said he will stick with track and field in college and will compete at Fort Hays State next year.
“I was originally going to do soccer but I changed my mind because I felt track would be the better choice,” Nunnery said.
He said the emotions of his high school career winding down are starting to set in.
“It kind of hit me at the WAC meet,” Nunnery said. “I took first in that my freshman year.”
Nunnery, who won the triple jump in the regional at Clay Center last week with a mark of 45-1, said he is shooting for a top-three finish at state.
He is one of six athletes from Hays High to qualify for the meet.
Tasiah Nunnery will compete in the girls long jump and the 100 hurdles. Brooklyn Schaffer will run the 300 hurdles, Macey Steckel will throw in the discus and Brooke Pflaum will compete in the pole vault.
Tavian Creamer will run the boys’ 400-yard dash for the Indians.