Athlete of the week: Lyman's Cropsey working towards state titles
PRESHO--Korder Cropsey doesn't like to lose. And so far this track season, he hasn't. The Lyman speedster and three-sport athlete has raced out to a strong start in pursuit of a state championship. He swept the 100-meter dash (10.9 seconds), 200 (23.
PRESHO-Korder Cropsey doesn't like to lose.
And so far this track season, he hasn't.
The Lyman speedster and three-sport athlete has raced out to a strong start in pursuit of a state championship. He swept the 100-meter dash (10.9 seconds), 200 (23.2) and 400 (51.2) at the Bill Pistulka Invite in Winner on Saturday.
"He's always had speed," said Lyman track and field head coach Joel Milton, who added Cropsey has been running varsity track since he was an eighth-grader. "His biggest factor is he likes to win. He likes to run hard and knows what it takes."
Cropsey provisionally qualified for the state meet in each event and anchored Lyman's winning 4x200 relay team that finished with a time of 1:35.3. For his efforts on Saturday, Cropsey has been named The Daily Republic's athlete of the week, an award voted on by the newspaper's sports staff.
"I saw Korder, a competitor," Milton said. "He runs hard and he's worked hard in practice. It paid dividends down in Winner."
After finishing in second place in the 200 and 400, and third in the 100 at last year's state meet, Milton said Cropsey's goals for the season are set high.
"Korder will give 110 percent. He's set his goal is to be the champion in the 100, 200 and 400 this year," Milton said. "We're working hard to achieve that, but you never know who could step up and beat him."
Cropsey finished behind current University of South Dakota runner Brennan Schmidt in all three events last year and behind Langford Area's Lincoln Gibbs in the 100. Of all three running events, Milton said Cropsey favors the 400, over the 100 and 200.
"It's a little longer race and a little more strategy in it," Milton said. "He attacks it. He knows when he hits 200 meters, he's going to hit that extra gear."
As a sophomore, Cropsey took fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 400 at the state meet. Reaching for his first-ever state title, Milton said Cropsey knows what he needs to do.
"His form is pretty good and there's not a lot we can do to tweak him. The main thing is to keep him fresh and race ready," Milton said. "Our kids look up to him. He's a professional, when we are out there working and gives everything he has in practice. I tell our other kids, "If you want to be a champion, go follow what Korder is doing.' "
At 5-foot-8, Cropsey doesn't have long, lengthy strides but still finds a way to quickly motor around the track.
"He's not overly tall, but he's quick out of the blocks," Milton said. "He's fun to watch and you can tell he's giving it his all."
Milton added Cropsey, who played football and basketball for the Raiders, is a 4.0 grade-point average student involved with FFA, student council, band, choir and National Honor Society and hasn't decided on his post-high school plans, but that the speedster is interested in continuing his athletic career.