- Alma School District
Alma’s Stacy sets goals
By Kevin Taylor
Conner Stacy doesn't just have one goal when it comes to the high jump.
The Alma junior has two.
Stacy prequalified for the 5A state track meet last week at the James Lemley Quad City Relays with a jump of 6-foot-3 in the high jump. "It's actually five inches over my old best (effort)," Stacy said.
The Airedales next complete March 30 at the Tiger Relays in Mansfield.
Stacy credits a Southside senior for helping to push him at last week's four-team meet.
"There was this dude there, Jonah Hill, he's big and real fast and just an athlete," Stacy said. "He's three or four inches taller than me, but we were going neck-and-neck. I kind of just wanted to prove myself to everybody there."
Hill ended up winning the high jump with a leap of 6-4.
"I scratched out on 6-4," Stacy said. "I don't know what it was; I would just go up and jump and it felt good.
"I don't know how to mimic it or anything, it just felt good."
Stacy has lofty goals in the high jump.
"My high jump goal this year is 6-7," Stacy said. "If I can end up getting that, which is four inches, and that's quite a bit. But that was my first meet; I feel like if I can get 6-7, then next year, I'm going to go for the record and try to get 6-11 or 7-foot."
Stacy, who had a solid junior football season, won the 300 intermediate hurdles last week as well with a time of 42.61, nearly two seconds ahead of Alma teammate Logan Chronister.
Like the high jump, it was Stacy's best time.
"It was by a second, maybe," he said. "That's my best time."
Unlike the high jump, where Stacy felt pushed, the 300 hurdles were a different animal. A rested Stacy felt like he could have run better had someone pushed him.
"The meet before, I injured my ankle and I hadn't run yet," Stacy said. "I wasn't feeling gassed; I was just running as hard as I could. I tried to kick it into another gear and being able to do that felt good.
"I felt like I could have done better if someone right in front of me and I was trying to get in front of them the whole time."
A stellar athlete who played basketball and football through the eighth grade before making football and track his primary focal point, Stacy said he's learned to enjoy what it means to compete in track.
"I kind of thought about that," he said. "I mean, 'Who enjoys running for just fun?' But I'm a competitor; I like to compete and I don't like to lose.
"And if that's one more thing I can beat people in, then that's something I'm going to enjoy doing — going and beating people."
Alma’s Conner Stacy finished second in the jump at the Quad City Relays last week with a PR of 6-foot-3. The Airedale junior also won the 300 intermediate hurdles.