Hanford Champion
Year: 2012
Team: Track (Boys)
Name: Joe Collett (110 and 300 Hurdles)
STATE CHAMPION
Joe Collett thought he had lost.

The reaction of the other runners surrounding Timberline's Rashon Smith after the Class 3A 110-meter hurdles Friday left Collett thinking second would just have to do.

After a bit of a delay, though, the Hanford senior found out from his coaches yelling from the grandstands that he had indeed won.

Collett capped his magnificent senior season with a state hurdles title at Star Track XXX at Mt. Tahoma High School.

"This is the most work I've ever put into a track or cross country season," Collett said. "Just happy it all paid off."

It nearly didn't pay off, as Collett and Smith were shoulder to shoulder throughout the race. Collett pulled ahead for a stretch, but a furious rally by Smith and a lean at the line appeared to have sent the Timberline runner home a champion.

"I thought he outleaned me," Collett said. "I could tell we were neck and neck. Even afterward, we were all talking and it was the best race of the season. I was really happy to get first. It's a great day."

Collett won in a time of 14.55 seconds, while Smith finished in 14.58.

Collett, who is going to BYU, didn't have his best time of the season, but he wasn't complaining after earning the title. He will compete in the 300 hurdles and 400 meters today.

"I prepared good enough," he said. "I was in the zone. That was the best I could do, and I had to be happy with what ever happened."
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Hanford’s Joe Collett finished off a strong season with gold in the Class 3A race.

“I knew I only had two races today and had nothing to hold back,” Collett said of the 300s and his 400 meters race. “Thought I’d end my career with a good hurdles race.”

Collett set the school record in the event, finishing in 38.0 and easily holding off Timberline’s Rashon Smith, who nearly beat him in the 110 hurdles Friday.

“I knew he would be close,” Collett said. “I felt like someone was coming up on me, so I just had to run faster.”