State Class AA boys' track and field: Card's Guetter finishes on the podium
Alexandria's Colin Guetter admitted to being nervous heading into his first state meet, but he didn't let that affect him on his way to finishing on the podium at Hamline University.
Guetter had a finals throw of 144-01 on Saturday. That was good enough to fend off a talented field for an eighth-place finish.
"I was just trying to make finals," he said. "That's all I really wanted to do, and I ended up getting eighth, which I'm happy with."
The junior came into the meet knowing there were guys capable of putting up some big throws. Guetter's seed mark of 146-05 was 14th out of the 16 participants. Ten guys had throws of more than 150 feet, including a throw of 171-11 by Lakeville North's Benjamin Krynski. Those numbers didn't mean much on Saturday as a lot of those guys couldn't meet their seed marks.
"State's a lot of pressure and that's what happened to them," Guetter said. "They choked and just couldn't perform like they have throughout the year. I managed to handle it and throw good."
It could be a nice stepping stone for Guetter, who will return for his senior season next spring with the goal of getting back to the podium in his final year.
"I think [this experience] will help a lot," he said. "I've been here. I've thrown in the ring before. I know what to expect and how to prepare myself and get the job done."