Rawson closes season at state finals in long jump

LEROY — Colten Rawson was ready for that one big meet at the state finals.

In the Division 3 regionals May 15 at Clare, Rawson was first in the long jump (20-4 1/2). The foursome of Brandon Fulks, Gingrich, Rawson and Nick Truax was fifth in the 4x200 (1:36.31), Rawson was third in the high jump (5-10).

He went to the state final in the long jump Saturday at Comstock Park.

At the regional, Rawson would have preferred a longer jump but was happy with first place. At the state meet, he wanted to break the school record of 21-2 3/4. He was at 19-7 3/4 for 10th place, two places away from a medal.

“I’ve been getting close to that,” he said prior to the state meet on the school record. “I just have to keep jumping.”

He’s jumped 21 feet this season.

The competition at the regional pushed him, Rawson said. It’s his first regional title.  

“I need to work on cycling,” he said, adding that being able to get up high has been a strength, plus foot placement on the board.

The pole vault has been his second best event.

His best height has been 13 feet. He indicated his ability to use the pole, body work and form have keyed him to have success in the event.

In the high jump, he cleared six feet at the Pine River invitational.

It marked his first season at the state finals. He’s been in track four seasons and it’s been his best season.

Rawson played a key role in his team’s Highland Conference title win in May.

“We’re pretty strong with upperclassmen,” he said.