200 meters the perfect distance for Rifle’s Proebstle
Rifle High School’s Andrew Proebstle was made for the 200-meter dash.
The Bears junior is ranked third in the Class 3A state rankings with a time of 23.02 seconds, which he ran last Saturday at Central’s Wild West Invitational.
“The 200 is definitely my strength,” Proebstle said. “I don’t get as good of acceleration as some of the other runners, but I do have a better top speed once I get up to that speed.”
Proebstle’s gradual acceleration makes him stronger in events like the 200- and 400-meter dash, where’s he’s ranked third with a best time of 50.76.
“My starts are too slow to be a good 100 runner,” Proebstle said. “But once I get up to my top speed, I can start passing people.”
Proebstle won the 200 at both the Mickey Dunn Invitational and the Wild West Invitational the past two weekends, but has some of his best competition not far down the road.
Proebstle is trailing Roaring Fork twins Zach and Taylor Browning in the both the 200 and 400 rankings. Proebstle will race against the Brownings at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational.
“They are really good runners,” Proebstle said. “I’ll see them and that helps a lot when you get into a race where you know there is going to be great competition. It gives you an extra spark and gets you going.”
Proebstle’s goal for this season is winning individual titles in the 200 and 400. It will also be the first time he’ll compete in both individual events.
Last season, Proebstle qualified for the state meet in the 200, but decided to not run it in favor for running in three of the Bears relays. The 400 -and 800-meter relays were made up with Proebstle and seniors Tyler Rust, Joe Burgess and James Martinez.
“I had a chance to run the 200, but I didn’t because it was the last year those relays were going to happen, so I decided to drop out so I could run with those guys and run to the best of my ability,” Proebstle said. “It went really well.”
The group finished in the top eight in all three relays including third in the 800.
Proebstle, who started running cross country as a freshman as a way to improve his training, is focused on making a impact in the 200 this season.
“I’m very motivated,” Proebstle said. “I’ll do whatever it takes.”