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Caine Watlington, left, leaps over the hurdles during the MHSAA Regional Track and Field Preliminaries, May 16. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
May 28, 2014 - Clarkston High School senior Caine Watlinton's personal achievement for his last track season was taking first place at the Bay City Western Invitational in the long jump.

"I have done it for four years," he said about the annual meet. "This was the first time I had gotten first."

He added what helped this year was getting stronger and getting a little bit faster.

"I was better equipped to beat my opponents," Watlington noted.

He finished as regional champ last year in the long jump, qualifying for states. This year he finished in sixth place and didn't qualify for states.

"I didn't do as good as I could but I did better all around this year in all of the races," he explained.

Watlington also competed in 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdle, the 400-meter relay and other relay events when they need him.

He has participated in track off and on during his elementary and middle school years. He picked it up again in his sophomore year.

When it came to choosing events his coaches gave him a few ideas of what would be best for him and he chose from there.

"The hurdles are very challenging races," he explained about choosing his events. "It doesn't just take speed, it takes skill to do. I figured to step up and do it. I like long jump because I have done it since in middle school and I have been good at it.

He will play football in the fall when he heads to the Air Force Academy, where he will study finance.

His advice to aspiring athletes is to keep working hard and fighting for your goals.

"Don't let something deter you from doing what you want," Watlington added.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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