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May 15th, 2013; Scholar Athlete; Nick Putman

Reported by: Ross Field
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Updated: 5/15/2013 6:35 pm

This week's Subway Scholar Athlete hails from West Valley high school in Cottonwood, and as Action Sports Ross Field tells us, he is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition when it comes to hurdling.

When it comes to track and field, West Valley high's Nick Putman goes the extra mile to be successful.

"I think it takes a lot of dedication, and I'm the last person to leave practice most days. I don't take anything for granted, I want to get as much from it as I can every day," said Putman.

That attitude and the extra training is paying off.

Recently, at the Yreka Invitational, Putman ran the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.66 seconds.  It's the second fastest mark in school history, and the 15th best ever in the Northern Section.

"He's really a good technician over the hurdles, but his start has kind of held him back earlier in the season and we've worked on that now and he's had some really great starts recently and turned in some very fine times," said Scott Fairley.

"When I first started I thought 'wow, I don't know how I'm going to do this,' but it looks fun and I enjoy it, that's how I could describe it, it's just fun," said Putman.

His commitment to succeed translates his education as well.

Putman carries a 3.5 GPA and pictures himself running for a college in southern California. But for now, this junior is working to improve on the track and in the classroom one hurdle at a time.

"High school's pretty tough but if you keep your head in the game, if you stay focused all the way through, then you can pretty much do anything you want," said Putman.

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