The Britton-Hecla multi-sport standout is giving track and field try his senior year after not competing in the sport since seventh grade.
“I just thought it was my last year, I could have fun,” Goedert explained.
There is no questioning Goedert’s athleticism. He was a standout on the gridiron and is still contemplating playing college football. He can dunk and shoot three-pointers with ease on a basketball court. He was once set five state records as a youth swimmer.
“He can just do pretty much anything,” said Britton-Hecla track and field coach Dan Olson, who also coached Goedert in football. “It’s fun to have a kid like that.”
Last week, Goedert got his first taste at track and field again during an indoor meet at the Barnett Center. He placed in multiple events and nearly won the high jump.
“I did surprise myself,” Goedert said. “I didn’t think I’d get anywhere close to six foot in the high jump.”
Goedert and Olson are still trying to decide just what events will work best and with an athlete like Goedert, the choices are many.
“You can just see all the potential everywhere,” Olson said. “We haven’t even got to some of the events that we’d like to see him do.”
Goedert thinks his best events will be the jumps, but he is willing to try anything.
Does that include the pole vault?
“We don’t have that in Britton,” Goedert said.
If the Braves did offer it, Goedert would be up for it.
“I think that looks pretty fun,” he said.
Time will tell just what Goedert can get accomplished after years away from the sport, but one thing is certain: his progress will likely be measurable, literally.
“I think I’ll get better at all of my events,” Goedert said. “I’m still learning how to do them.”
Sports writer Dave Vilhauer
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