BULLHEAD CITY — Just about everyone has noticed that athlete who comes into a high school sports program with an extremely positive disposition only to graduate with one that is immensely more negative upon departure.
T-birds senior sprinter Darin Alderman arrived at Mohave High School with a reasonably-sized head, and he will be leaving campus without a huge skull after his wondrous achievements at Mesa Community College.
Alderman claimed championships in the 100- and 200- meter dashes Saturday at the 2017 Division III Arizona Interscholastic Association State Track and Field Tournament.
Alderman won the 100 in 11.29 seconds after turning in a blazing time of 10.99 in Friday afternoon’s prelims. Saturday’s final was run against a strong wind.
The head wind was blowing into Alderman’s face at 20 mph when the 100 started at 4:05 p.m.
At 8 p.m., Alderman completed the sprint double with a win in the 200 in 22.98 seconds.
Alderman said the head wind was blowing in his face at 40 mph during the 200.
The temperature also rose to a record-breaking 108 degress, according to azcentral.com.
The weather did not phase Alderman, as he maintained his composure despite the less than ideal conditions.
“I’ve dealt with a lot of athletes and a lot of different kids and a kid like him with that much talent and he’s such a character kid, and such a coachable kid, and humble kid,” Mohave head football coach Rudy Olvera said. “You know, he’s not that cocky. ... I’m just excited for him to be successful because he deserves it. He’s the kind of kid we love around here.”
Word about Alderman’s speed spread around Mohave’s campus, and he put it on display by reeling off long runs as a running back on the gridiron.
When asked if she was eager to get her hands on the new toy as the track and field season was about to begin, T-birds assistant coach Noel King said: “Naturally, I was excited for the season and excited to see what he would do. “Because my husband is the football coach I had watched him during football season, so I knew he was a fast, short-burst kid.”
King’s husband is T-birds offensive coordinator Adam King.
“I was excited to have him in my category this year,” said Noel King, who has been working with Mohave’s sprinters during the past couple of seasons. “But then getting to work with him, getting to talk to him you’d never guess that he was hands down the fastest kid on the field at every meet we went to.
“He’s such a great kid and has such a great attitute and every day at practice he’s helping his teammates and when I ask him to do something for me, he does it for me. When I ask him to run something, he runs it. When I ask him to help me out ... he was one of our team captains this year ... every time I asked him for help getting practice going or getting something for practice, he was absolutely more than eager to do anything.”
She added: “Just the excitement of such a talented athlete also got paired with such a really, really, awesome kid.”
When asked if any drama accompanied Alderman, King said: “None at all.
“Most kids in his position they kind of end up on their own because they aren’t very nice to other people, they know they are better and faster than other kids and they act that way, but he is just a really awesome kid. So, not only next year are we going to miss his talent and his speed, but we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.
“He had moved away from Mohave for a few years and having him back was awesome.
“He will be missed next year.”
Coach Oviatt helps Alderman get through long, hot, windyday to earn two state titles
PHOENIX — After Mohave High School senior Darin Alderman claimed championships in the 100- and 200- meter dashes Saturday at the 2017 Division III Arizona Interscholastic Association State Track and Field Tournament, he knew where he was going next.
“It’s time to go to the next level,” Alderman said.
“I knew I was the best in the field before I went to state,” Alderman said. “And in the prelims I beat everybody on the 1(00) and 2(00), so I just did what I had to do in the finals.”
Alderman said he and T-birds head track and field coach Jesse Oviatt arrived at the venue at 2:30 p.m. for the 100.
The conditions in Phoenix were anything but ideal, but Oviatt helped him adjust. “He handled me good,” Alderman said. “He said a prayer before our race and then told me a joke. And then after he stretched me out.”
Alderman said Oviatt is a “good coach. I liked him 100 percent.”
“The head wind was like 40 mph,” said Alderman about the 200.
Despite the wind affecting his times, Alderman took it in stride.
“I’ve ran in the wind like this and I don’t know, it just comes natural, but the times are going to be slower if you have 40 mph wind coming at you.”
Alderman was just pleased that he won both races.
“Everybody’s times were off, even D-I people had off times,” he added.
Alderman said the 200 started at 7:45 p.m.
Between the 100 and 200, he and Oviatt went back to their hotel to cool off between races. Alderman said. The sprinter stretched, ate and remained hydrated during the break.
Top five in 200
PHOENIX — Mohave’s Darin Alderman won the 200-meter dash at 22.96, Saguaro’s Tom Truth placed second at 23.19, Salpointe Catholic’s William Juniper followed at 23.25, Salpointe Catholic’s Trevor Volpe was next at 23.34, and Walden Grove’s Anthony Duarte placed fifth at 23:47 at Saturday’s meet at Mesa Community College.
Statistics courtesy of aiaonline.org.