Bryce Lamb, Tribune boys track and field athlete of the year: Early in his high school career, Bryce Lamb would practice exclusively jumps, and no sprints. Then toward the end, he started practicing sprints all the time and hardly jumped. With these types of results, he can do whatever he wants.
Early in his high school career, Bryce Lamb would practice exclusively jumps, and no sprints.
Then toward the end, he started practicing sprints all the time and hardly jumped.
With these types of results, he can do whatever he wants.
The Chandler standout, who was named the Tribune's boys track and field athlete of the year, used his versatility to garner a pair of state titles in jumps and a second- and third-place finish in sprint races.
The Wolves scored 79.5 points to take second place in this year's 5A-I state track meet; Lamb himself accounted for 44 of them.
He won the long jump and triple jump events, finished second in the 100-meter dash and came in third in the 200-meter dash.
When his chief competition, Will Claye, left school early, Lamb didn't have anyone but himself to compete with in the jumping events.
He was still able to set a state record in the triple jump with a leap of 52 feet, 6 inches, eclipsing the mark Claye set last year.
He said the sprinter-like speed helps him with the jumping.
"Not many people are running with 10.6" 100-yard dash speed down the runway, Lamb said.
Originally, Lamb was set to do the long jump and triple jump at Texas Tech next year, but he thinks his sprint times might be fast enough to where the coaches again want him to do both.
He doesn't have a preference either way.
"Whatever helps the team," Lamb said.
Lamb might be jumping on a bigger stage if all goes to plan. Ever since performing well on the junior national team two years ago, Lamb has set his sights on the 2012 Olympics in London.
Maybe then he will start practicing his jumps again.