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Scanlan’s Showcase: Zaide Weidner

Our first Scanlan’s Showcase highlights Hastings High’s Zaide Weidner
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 6:01 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - When Zaide Weidner was a Freshman at Hastings High, a back injury prevented him from playing football in the fall.

So to stay in shape, Weidner decided to try another sport.

“To get back in shape, I just wanted to do track,” Weidner explained. “Then I ended up being halfway decent at it freshman year, so I did it again sophomore year and I just kept getting better and better.”

Weidner discovered early on that he wasn’t meant to run long distance events, instead focusing on events that fit his strengths.

“I don’t have enough endurance to do that. I’m just more of a 100,200,400 type of guy,” Weidner said.

As his career blossomed at Hastings, he became a dominant two-sport athlete. He lettered three years in football, and lettered all four years in track as well as winning the Most Heart and Most Improved awards.

He credits his success on the field, and on the track, to his coaches.

“I love all my coaches. Coach Shoe with football and Coach Hidson with football and all my other coaches,” said Weidner. “They really helped me a lot throughout the years. Coach J and Coach O and all the other coaches in track, they’re what kept me going really.”

As he moves forward to the next chapter in his life, Weidner is taking the lessons he learned as a Tiger, with him.

“Have no regrets. Don’t regret anything. Always put in the hard work and if you don’t you’re gonna regret it and you can never take it back.”

Wise words, we all can live by.

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