As the favorite going into the event, a lot of pressure was riding on Meridian’s Nick Miller’s shoulders.
But that didn’t faze the runner as he went on to capture the state title in the 400 at the Class 1A State Championships on Saturday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.
“I think Nick (Miller) led the state in the 1A classification all year and he validated it today,” Meridian coach Patrick Ames said in a phone interview. “He was dissapointed in his time because it wasn’t a personal record. But at the end of the day, he was able to go out and win the race.”
With all eyes on Miller, he handled this race like he has every other 200 race he’s ran this season.
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“I took it as every other race,” he said in a phone interview. “Once I hit the last 200 (meters) I kick it in high gear and make sure I don’t slow down as much as I should in the middle.”
For Ames, it was just as he expected as well.
“He doesn’t hit his kick until 200 meters,” Ames said. “At the 200 meter mark, Nick pretty much closed the door. South Whidbey tried to chase Nick but didn’t catch him.”
And knowing he was going into the race as the favorite to win the event, Miller was aware of the pressure around him.
“There is definitely some pressure having the fastest time,” he said. “You have to show up (in the race). It’s more stressful if anything happens.”
Miller, a senior for Meridian, didn’t make it to state until this year. A good way to end a high school career, Ames said.
“It was fun,” Miller said. “Getting to state is definitely the best feeling.”