Kelly Walsh senior Sage Coventry relaxed, focused for final stretch


Kelly Walsh senior Sage Coventry relaxed, focused for final stretch, Sage Coventry is a pretty laid-back senior. He saw time at both quarterback and wide receiver during football season, he played significant minutes on Kelly Walsh's state championship boys basketball

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Sage Coventry is a pretty laid-back senior. He saw time at both quarterback and wide receiver during football season, he played significant minutes on Kelly Walsh's state championship boys basketball team and he's nonchalant when reflecting on his final high school track season so far.

On the surface he checks the box of a more common mild-mannered athlete. In reality, there are multiple factors that make the Trojan jumper stand out on his own.

For starters, he's the returning bronze medalist in the high jump. That's put him on the inside track for success this year, even though he walked away from last weekend's home meet disappointed. Coventry finished in the top five of both high jump and triple jump at Saturday's Kelly Walsh Invitational, and one of those marks left him feeling considerably better than the other.

'It wasn't my greatest day for high jump at least,' he said after completing his events. 'Long jump went pretty good.'

Coventry took fifth in the high jump, falling short of clearing 6-foot-2 like he did at state last year. In long jump, however, he hit 21 feet, 8 inches, giving him third for the meet. With only a few short weeks before regionals, he's been pleased with his season at large.

'Always looking to get better, obviously,' he said, 'but I've been happy with my consistency so far this season.'

He goes by marks because placements, as he's learned, come and go. Coventry, a jumper throughout his high school career, has had the unfortunate luck of going against Natrona County's Hunter Brown at the majority of his track meets.

Brown and Coventry will become teammates on the University of Wyoming track team next season, but for now they're still rivals. Coventry's taken that constant competition in stride and used it for improvement.

'It's good to know that it's going to be competitive because it's not always like that,' Coventry said. 'But it always is with him, so I'm grateful for it.'

Coventry first reached out to Wyoming in October about joining the Cowboys' track team. Once the program responded and Coventry arranged a visit, the rest of the process fell into place. The Trojan committed and celebrated with a signing ceremony at the school.

'That whole visit felt great,' he said. 'They have a lot of good facilities, the team felt like a good fit and I liked the family setting.'

Speaking of family, Coventry's spent most of his high jump reps under the instruction of his father, track coach and former jumping standout Bryan Coventry. Almost predictably, the Kelly Walsh senior said their shared vision makes track season together easier than some might expect.

'He works with me and we see eye-to-eye on a lot of stuff actually, which may not be common with all father-son coach-athlete relationships,' he said. 'But we do pretty much agree on most stuff so that helps.'

While staying relaxed, Coventry explained how he's turned his focus onto regionals and the state meet that follows. There are still marks he hopes to hit in the high jump and when the opportunities come to clear them, he doesn't want to miss them.

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