Meadowdale hurdler White on the mend following injury | Track and field

By David Pan | Apr 21, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Meadowdale’s Harry White (center) finishes first in the 110 hurdles during a meet against Lynnwood and Lake Stevens.

Meadowdale senior hurdler Harry White is getting back into the swing of things after being sidelined with an injured ankle.

The Maverick standout, who finished fifth in the 300 hurdles at last year’s 3A state track and field championships, competed in only his second and third meets of the season last week.

Earlier in the semester, White rolled his ankle in a physical education class and also dislocated a finger. He took a few days off and tried to come back but started having more problems with his ankle. So then White took a full week off with no hurdles work and no form work. He did some bike work  and iced his ankle. The lost practices impacted his form and his endurance, White said.

“I’m starting to get back in the flow,” White said. “Losing those weeks kind of gave me a little setback. But hopefully, I can come out strong and finish the season.”

White estimated that he is close to 100 percent healthy.

“I’ve been doing a lot of hurdle work, a lot of form and a lot of technique,” he said. “Getting that stuff back is usually pretty hard. It just comes with time.”

White won 110-meter hurdles and the 400 in a meet with Lake Stevens and Lynnwood on April 14 at Edmonds Stadium. The Meadowdale senior then finished third in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles at the Eason Invitational, one of the largest meets of the season, April 16 at Snohomish High School.

The goal going into Eason was just to get out there, compete and see what he’s got, White said.

Looking ahead, White said that the returning competition is strong in the hurdles.

“I’m just looking to come out and give it my all,” he said. “Obviously, the goal is to get to state.”

White said he would like to make the finals for the 110 and improve upon his fifth place finish in the 300 hurdles.

“There’s a lot of work ahead,” he said.

That statement also applies to White’s post-high school plans. He’ll be joining the football and track and field teams at Western Oregon University. White will be joining former Meadowdale High School teammates Caleb Tingstad, Garrett Walsh and Malik Braxton, who are on the football team.

White talked to his friends about the school and came away convinced the school was the place for him.

“I value their opinions a lot,” he said.

The spring won’t be a time of rest as White plans to continue running track. He noted that football and track go hand in hand since they both require speed and endurance.

“I love doing them both,” White said.

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