Family: Parents, Chad and Tommie; sisters Meagan (20) and Sydnee (13).
Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys.
Other sports: Basketball, volleyball, golf.
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, sleeping.
Toughest opponent: Megan Sandmeier of Eureka-Bowdle.
Favorite events: Triple jump, 100-meter dash.
Best athletic memory: Scoring 1,000th career point this past season.
BY SHAWN WERRE
They say records are made to be broken, and Kristie Mettler has made a habit of breaking them this season.
The Timber Lake junior captured three wins last Friday competing at the Mobridge Rotary Relays. She logged a time of 13.52 seconds to win the 100-meter dash, won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 7 inches and broke her own school record in winning the triple jump with distance of 34 feet, eight inches, which is also the top mark in Class B. For her efforts, Mettler is the American News Athlete of the Week.
It feels good. I'm glad I accomplished something. said Mettler of her record.
Mettler, 16, has broken her own school record twice this season in the triple jump. The previous record was 33 feet, six inches, which she set the week before. The following day in Lemmon, Mettler added to her win total, leaping 14 feet, nine inches to win the long jump. She also collected a second-place finish in the triple jump that day.
My jumping ability helps a lot, said Mettler. I just go out and do it.
She said her size also plays a positive role in her jumps.
I'm not like most triple jumpers. They are tall. I'm 5-1, said Mettler, who is the only female triple jumper for Timber Lake.
Timber Lake coach Brent Mareska said Mettler was a quick learner in the triple jump.
We just started teaching her how to triple jump a year or two ago, said Mareska. She's really taken onto it. She's really fast and quick. She's a competitor and a great athlete in all the sports she participates in.
Mettler got her start in track during seventh grade, when classmates and friends were also involved. In addition to the triple jump being one of favorite events, she feels its also the hardest.
It's all based on consistency, she said.
Mettler started competing in the triple jump in eighth grade, at the urging of her coach.
My coach (said), 'You should do triple jump. You would be good at it', said Mettler. I thought, well, it's one less running event.
One of her fellow triple-jumpers she looks forward to facing is Megan Sandmeier of Eureka-Bowdle. The two will compete against each other Tuesday as the Panthers take part in the Eureka Invitational.
Mettler's state track meet experience in 2011 was not the best, and she is hopeful to do better this year.
I want to place at state this year, she said. Last year, I scratched by just an inch or two on every jump.
She has found the best approach is to just set your mind on completing a successful jump without too much time spent thinking of it.
Don't think, just do it, she said.