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Five Star Performer - Jaydon Welsh

Jaydon Welsh wins the 1600m race by 16 seconds at the Hastings High Invitational
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 10:56 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings High senior Jaydon Welsh has made a name for himself on the Nebraska track scene the last four years.

“He’s probably the most talented distance runner I’ve coached in 22 years I’ve been head coach,” Boys track coach David Johnson said.

At the Hastings High invite on March 26, Welsh won the 1600m finishing with a time of 4:39:40.

“At the invite, I didn’t want to take the lead in the mile but no one wanted to go ahead of me so I was like I’ll take the lead,” Welsh said.

Once he took the lead he did not look back winning by 16 seconds. Normally, he is not one to lead the pack throughout the race.

“Usually if I’m racing someone elite, I’ll stay on their shoulder and the last two, three laps I’ll pick it up and the last lap I’ll go all out,” Welsh said.

Welsh is now known as one of the top distance runners in the state but it was not always that way.

“Our first varsity meet his freshmen year we didn’t even take him,” Johnson said. “We really didn’t know what we had. Then the first track meet he participated in we could see he had some ability, he had some talent.”

Welsh’s last time running at the state meet he finished third in the 3200m as a sophomore.

“Burke’s awesome it’s nothing like normal meets,” Welsh said. “It’s louder more excitement and you just get on the track and you know everyone’s eyes are on you.”

As the season inches closer to the state meet, Coach Johnson said Welsh needs to stay confident.

“When he first stared running I’m not sure he thought of himself as one of the best runners in the state but now he does and I think that is a big part of it,” Johnson said. “You need to have high expectations of yourself and I think he’s improved in that area.”

Welsh is committed to UNK where he will compete for the track & field team. He travels with the Tigers who compete at the North Platte Invite tomorrow, March 31.

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