Athlete of the Week: Ezekiel Welch

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He's got all of the confidence he needs. Now it's just a matter of distance.

"If you get 47 or 48 (feet) that's when you start being a top elite athlete in the nation, not just the state," said triple jumper Ezekiel Welch, who had already owned the school record at Maize High coming into the season.

But that record did not last long.

"Last week, I broke the school record again and jumped 46 feet, 10 inches. So track is just always something I do on my off time. I am always training for it," he said.

Currently tied for the best jump in Kansas this season (46'10.5") Welch has thrived under the leadership of his jumps coach, Jacob Stein. He says there is no track and field athlete in the state working harder than Welch.

"His dedication makes coaching a breeze. It gives me a lot of opportunities to coach my other kids because I know Zeke is always doing what he is supposed to be doing," said Stein.

Together, they are working to get Welch the State title he barely missed last year, when he placed third.

"No one wants to lose at State and then go into summer knowing that I had the potential to do it, and so I just use that as motivation," said Welch.

Welch hopes that motivation leads him to qualify for State in 4 events, including the 400 meter run, where he is ranked 4th in Kansas.

But in the end it comes down to one thing:

"I just want to be the best I can possibly be."

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