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Tyler’s Nathan Barker Spends Summer Training as a Hurdler

By Staff | Jun 21, 2017

Photo by Ed Parsons

Tyler Consolidated High School’s Nathan Barker is using his time wisely this summer when it comes to training as a hurdler for the Silver Knights track team next spring. As with all sports dedication and hard work are the two most important components in achieving your goals and improving as an athlete.

Nathan has been steadily keeping up with his hurdle training the last 3 weeks. He’s registered with the AAU Track & Field as a member through 2018. This past weekend he ran at Charleston in the West Virginia AAU District Qualifier and finished 2nd place in the 110 meter high hurdles. Although his time was off pace he is continuing to work on getting his speed back for quality competition. Nathan is now also registered as a member through 2018 with USATF for competition.

This Saturday he’ll compete at Laidley Field Jun 17, in the USATF West Virginia Association Junior Olympic Championships . Nathan is staying at it, and is on a mission to return to State’s next season as a leading high hurdle candidate.

Nathan and a fellow teammate, Zack Placer, a freshman from this season ,will be going to Glenville State College as roommates at the end of this month. They will be getting some quality MEC Confrence college level coaching in their specialities for an entire week, 6-26 thru 6-30. Now that Nathan is a registered member through two track affiliations ” AAU and USATF ” he’ll be involved in other track meet competitions through the remainder of the summer and into the fall months. Then at that point everything will be going indoors at District area small colleges. Nathan won’t be rejoining his teammates from the last two seasons running cross country. Nate has decided to focus on conditioning, weight training and staying in shape for the hurdles through practicing at the high school himself running. Nathan seems to be pretty much self motivated in reaching his goals, 4.0+ in his school work and becoming the best hurdler he can be by graduation time in 2019. 2 of 100

Tommy Lasorda once said, “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” Seems to be the case in this young man.