Athlete of the week: Hannah Young

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Yesterday at the last chance meet in Sturgis. Rapid City Central Junior Hannah Young made the most of that meet by winning the 100, 200, and 400. As Jeff Voss shows us Young will use this performance to hopefully springboard the Cobbler track team to a high finish at next week's state track meet.

Hannah Young had a heavy workload going into the last chance meet in Sturgis.

Hannah Young says, 'It went really well. I was a little nervous doing that many events, I didn't know how it would go but that's what I'm going to be doing at state. I was really surprised with how well I did with those events.'

After crossing the line first in the 200, her 4th first place finish of the day was hard, to sum up.

Young says, ' I don't know, I don't know how to describe it. I was really excited. I know I can do this at state I know I can perform really well.'

The 400 is a new that the Cobbler has undertaken and has now added to her goals for the state meet

Hannah Young says, ' My goals were to be a state champion in the 100 and 200. I didn't really think I could run the open 4. I'm really surprised and I'm excited to see how that will go.'

Dave Dolan says, 'She likes to run the 400, she likes to get stronger for the 200 and that's one of those races that will do that for her.'

The offseason work put in by Young is now paying off.

Dolan says, ' She's always been a dedicated athlete. With sprinters, there is a fine line between the right amount, and just a little bit too much.'

Now in the season, there is a new mental approach for the junior

Young says, ' Mentally I just I relax and just listen to music. It helps me relax a lot. Even talking to friends they help me relax and get me through my races.'

State AA track is just around the corner and when it ends her coach can see her being highly successful.

Dolan says, ' She has the capability of taking home a medal in every race, the 100,200, 400 or 4X1, 4X2, 4X4. Whatever we decide to put her in.

When this season wraps up next week, Young already has plans on how to improve her newest event.

Young says, ' I'm going to do a lot more long distance stuff to help me with the 400. I know the 400 is helping my 200. To help my four I need to build up my endurance.'

Dolan says, ' Some big boundaries to break that 12 barrier in the 100, get under 25 flat again, she's ran 24.98 before. And then run 57 or 56 in the 400.'

For now, Young's coach will enjoy the time he has with her, and that hard work she showed in the last chance meet, the offseason, and the upcoming State meet.

Dolan says, 'It's awesome. She wants to do the extra thing she wants to put in the extra time. She's not afraid to push herself beyond what most people are doing.'

Congratulations to Hannah Young on being this week's athlete of the week. I'm Jeff Voss, Black Hills Fox Sports