Meridian's boys' track and field's Kaleb Heezen was unbeatable in the javelin throughout the last month of the season.
"For the last three weeks, he's been so dialed in," Meridian coach Patrick Ames said in a phone interview.
He won the NWC Championships on April 25. He followed that up with a victory in at district, and again at tri-districts. So it was no surprise when Heezen capped off the incredible run and his high school sports career by standing on top of the podium on Friday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.
"It's amazing," Heezen said in a phone interview. "My focus was mainly thinking that anyone can beat me at any point in time. I did my best so no one could."
For Ames, to see a senior's hard work paying off is "pretty awesome." Heezen's day also included the discus, in which he finished seventh. Heezen is the only athlete competing in all three throwing events, Ames said.
"When the stakes get higher, you want to see how young kids respond," Ames said. "And he responded in championship fashion."
The tricky part with Heezen was keeping him dialed back. He wanted to throw more in practice, but Ames said they had to keep him patient.
"We were building up to something big," Ames said. The state championship is as big as it gets.
The last year for Heezen has been outstanding. He finished a second-team all-state linebacker and followed it up with an amazing track season. It was a dream come true for the young athlete.
But when asked to compare what moment meant more, Heezen didn't hesitate.
"This is the most amazing feeling I've ever had," Heezen said of his state title. "It makes me want to continue."
Heezen is currently looking for a school that he can play both football and track. For now, he has one more event to finish - the shot put.