Weed High School grad Max Michelon competed at the 2016 NorCal Multi Championships last week at Hartnell College, finishing in 7th place for the Decathlon. Below are COS Eagles Coach Les Courtemanche’s comments about Michelon’s performance.
Max came into the competition as an alternate seeded 12th. I told Max at the beginning of the competition that it is an honor to even compete at a championship competition let alone be able to get top-8 and receive points. I told him to go out there and have some fun and enjoy the day along with the field of competitors from across the North State.
Max did just that, starting off the day having PR’d in the 100m (11.91) long jump (20’1) and Shot Put (36’3). After a set back in the high jump, Max rebounded and ran a 55 sec 400m dash which landed him into 8th place overall for day-1.
Day-2 is where Max really took off, opening with a 17.53 mark in the 110 hurdles, which is a whole second better than his previous mark at the ARC multi. He then had a 2m PR in the discus and a huge PR in the pole vault going over 12-7. The javelin kept Max in the hunt when he threw 41m, and then it was on to the dreaded 1500m to finish the decathlon championship.
Max was sitting in 8th place overall and I knew he needed to run at least 5:05 to have a chance, along with beating the competitors from San Mateo College and Hartnell College. At the ARC multi he had run a 5:44 in the 1500 so I knew things were looking bleak. At the start of the race Max went out nice and relaxed.
However, the rest of the field went blazing out. By the end of the race, Max had caught the field and started pulling in his competition. He fought hard to the end and wound up running a 5:10 which was around a 30 sec PR for him. Max ended the day in 7th place overall and scored College of the Siskiyous points for the Nor Cal Championships.
I was so proud of Max at the end of the day. He showed an incredible amount of strength and courage throughout the competition. This kid has a bright future ahead of him and I couldn’t be more excited for him.
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