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Track: Hacker hopes to continue luck

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Isaac Hacker

Isaac Hacker. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur’s Isaac Hacker was sitting near the bottom of the standings at the 4A Region II meet last weekend.

Despite struggling through prelims, Hacker managed to qualify for the finals in the long jump.

“I shouldn’t have even made it to finals,” Hacker said. “I got lucky.”

The senior did not take his opportunity for granted.

On his second attempt in finals, Hacker notched the best jump of his career, clearing 23-0.75 to punch his ticket to state and claim the silver medal.

“I was mad and my adrenaline was pumping,” Hacker said. “I just didn’t want to get beat by Argyle.”

Hacker beat Argyle’s Dillon Carter by nearly a foot. Carter took fifth with a 22-1.5.

He will compete at the UIL track and field championships May 11 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Hacker did not immediately find out he had made state. Official results were not announced when the event was over, and instead were posted online because the scores were so close.

Only 0.75 inches separated Hacker from Crandall’s Hayden Pruitt in third place.

“They didn’t give us an official answer until two hours after,” Hacker said. “The suspense was killing me the entire time.

“I was sitting in the bleachers and my coaches started going crazy. I was assuming that was for me. I got a text with the picture saying I got second, so I was pretty stoked.”

Hacker said he has worked on improving his technique this year, specifically his approach leading up to the jump.

“It’s the most important thing,” Hacker said. “Last year my mark was never really that good. It’s helped a lot.”

His regional leap ranks sixth in 4A. Bullard’s Will McCowin has the top jump of 24-3.5.

“It means a lot [going to state]. It’s hard to explain,” Hacker said. “I know a lot of people are wanting me to do good. I just want to win for Decatur and represent.”

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