After sprinting 299 meters and jumping 8 hurdles, junior Dolan Bair put forth what energy remained in his lean at the tape which gave him a first place finish by nine one hundredths of a second. The 300 meter hurdles are widely considered the toughest race in high school track and field as it not only incorporates a long sprint, but also throws in hurdles for good measure. It is the perfect event for a kid like Dolan Bair and at Thursday’s CSAA Silver Championships he showed everyone why. At the line, Bair passed his opponent from conference arch-nemesis Morley Stanwood, capturing a personal best time (44.77) by almost one second and 1st team all-conference honors. Bair scored 17.5 points in all four events he competed in on Thursday, helping Kent City capture their 2nd consecutive CSAA Silver Championship. In addition to his win in the 300 meter hurdles, Bair also finished in fourth place in the 110 meter hurdles and sixth in the 100 meter dash. Bair and the 4×200 meter relay team took home the top honors as well.
In addition to track and field, Bair was also a key member for Kent City’s varsity football team this past fall playing outside linebacker and running back for the CSAA Silver champion and playoff qualifying Eagles. During the winter, Bair takes to the mat where he helped Kent City win their third consecutive CSAA Silver championship. Dolan Bair is a busy guy, he also is a part of the Kent City Marching Eagles, Quiz Bowl, Kent City Drama Club, National Honor Society, and is a student-lifeguard at the Kent City Pool. When he is not busy at school (which is very far and few between), Bair is in the weight room. On Friday, Bair will travel with the Eagles to Saugatuck for the MHSAA Regionals. Bair is relatively new to the hurdles running them twice in 2018 and picking them up more regularly in 2019. As he gains experience, his times continue to drop. To qualify for the State Finals, Bair will need to either finish in 1st or 2nd place or run the qualifying time of 42.40. He is also in the mix in the 110 meter high hurdles and could possibly slip into the top two for State Championship appearance. If it comes down to toughness at the end of the race, very few student-athletes in Michigan will out-tough Dolan Bair!