Rogers High sprinter Kyler Ooley’s prep career came to an end with his completion of the 100-meter sprint at the 4A state championships.
The Rogers standout and future Central Washington Wildcat had to hold back tears after he found out his time of 11.06 seconds in his fifth-place finish in the 100-meter dash.
It’s been a productive career for this Ram.
“It’s hard to know what to say right now — I’m just trying to hold back these tears,” Ooley said.
Many athletes complete their journey at Mount Tahoma Stadium, under the beating sun and heat of the three-day state track meet.
That was true for Ooley as well — his journey is done. But memories always remain of these times.
Take Graham-Kapowsin senior Kevin Dudley, who finished sixth in the 100 with a time of 11.07 — a fraction of a second behind Ooley. This time and placement epitomizes the rivalry over the years between these two SPSL South foes.
“It seems like every time we went against each other, he would PR (personal record) or I PR-ed,” Dudley said. “We always seem to push each other.”
For Ooley, it’s a simple reason for his high school athletic success as well as the ones he’s yet to achieve in college. In the end of it all, he credits the man who took a kid with raw potential and turned him into a collegiate level athlete: Rogers coach Dan Carlson.
“He’s been my best friend and my coach that’s believed in me from the beginning,” Ooley said. “He helped make me the person I am today, and I couldn’t thank him enough.”