By BRETT MARSHALL
Jim Turner takes the low-key approach to coaching track and field.
And it seems to work for the veteran Scott City coach, who guided the SCHS boys team to a Class 3A runner-up finish at the recently completed Kansas Track and Field Championship in Wichita.
"It all attributes back to the kids and the way they perform," Turner said. "You can go in and have an average or poor day or you can go in and, in this case, we had our best performance."
The Beavers accomplished their runner-up finish with a host of standout performances on the track - with Dalton Smith capturing medals in the two sprints, Joey Meyer placing second in the 800, Tyler Hess placing in the 400, and the three relay teams coming back with two golds (4x100 and 4x800) and a silver (4x400).
"This group did just great, and when you compare what the kids accomplished this year against 2008 (state championship), these kids really achieved just as much," Turner said. "We had some really good weather days for meets, but weather for practice was a struggle, and it hurt us a lot; but more so in the field events."
Turner said he was lucky to have an abundance of experienced and talented assistant coaches along with dedicated athletes.
"I've got great coaches that I get to work with," Turner said. "We work together as a group, and if we've got good kids to compete, we'll be alright."
Turner loses two of his runners from the 4x400 and 4x800, but only one from the winning 4x100 team. Smith, Meyer and Hess all return for next season.