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Canyon's Molster leaping for his best

Posted: May 29, 2014 10:45 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2014 10:45 p.m.

Canyon senior Brett Molster set the Canyon school record for high jump at 6 feet, 9 inches earlier this year. Since then he hasn't been able to make it back to that height. He'll get his last chance today at the Masters Meet.

 

For Brett Molster, it isn’t about setting a record or basking in the glory.

No, that’s not what bothers the Canyon High senior.

What keeps him at school, training with his dad until after the sun goes down, is something much more simple.

It’s 6 feet, 9 inches.

Otherwise known as Molster’s personal best mark in the high jump and the Canyon school record.

As Molster prepares for his first-ever appearance in the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet today at Cerritos College, the 18-year-old is still pestered by his own peak jump which he reached nearly three months ago.

It was a mark he cleared almost in a casual, nonchalant way back on March 8 in Canyon’s season-opening event, the SCV Invitational.

He has yet to match that 6-9 mark in competition since then.

“I don’t remember feeling this frustrated (for so long) because generally you peak at the end of the season, so to start off like that, it was something new,” Molster says. “So it’s posed a real challenge for me this year.”

In 13 years of competing in track and field, Molster never remembers having this much trouble improving on a personal best.

Though Molster has shown the ability to excel in multiple events throughout his high school career, high jump has always been his No. 1 event.

He’ll be high jumping next year for UC San Diego, where he committed in January.

At Canyon, Molster owns the freshman, sophomore and now the overall school record in the event. He won the Foothill League high jump title the last two years and he’s made the CIF finals three times.

This past Saturday he moved a step beyond the CIF finals for the first time by finishing second in CIF-Southern Section Division II with a leap of 6-7.

That was good enough to put him in today’s Masters Meet, where he’ll have a chance to qualify for the CIF State Track and Field Championships on June 6-7 in Clovis.

To qualify, Molster will have to finish in the top six among the 19 competitors or he can advance by reaching the at-large standard of 6-7.

He may also have to get over a mental hump in the process.

“It has to do with confidence and not being afraid and not trying so hard so all I’ve been working on with Brett is how to relax and not try so hard,” says Canyon track and field head coach Paul Broneer, who works one-on-one with Molster.

This could be the second straight year a Canyon high jumper reaches the state meet, following Jeremy Kimmer last season.

Kimmer and Molster share the school record in the event. Kimmer reached his record 6-9 mark at last year’s CIF-SS finals, where he finished runner-up in Division II. Molster finished sixth in that same competition, which fell short of qualifying.

Molster had beaten out Kimmer for the league high jump title weeks earlier, but Kimmer popped the big jumps when he needed them most.

Here was Molster, a kid with several years experience in the high jump and private training with his father. And there was Kimmer, who was practically brand new to the event, but setting records and leaping all the way to state.

“To see some kid from your team just try it and be that good, it was difficult to cope with,” Molster says.

Though Molster admits he was annoyed that the new kid on the block had beaten him out, the two of them are actually good friends.

They pushed each other all season long last year, exchanging first and second-place finishes at Foothill League dual meets.

Due to a knee injury, Kimmer had to forgo the high jump this year, which left Molster with very little competition within the league.

He was flying solo, in a sense, and searching for the motivation to get him back to 6-9 on his own.

His dedication never wavered.

When Brett first decided high jump was his event, his father, John, learned everything he could about the event — the technique, the training and everything in between.

“I just started learning everything about it and started doing every class and clinic I could and I just loved it,” says John, who is the director of the Hawks Track Club, a local youth track and field organization where Brett got his start in the sport.

Brett’s daily routine starts with the standard training with the regular Canyon track and field practice. From there he usually goes home, takes a short nap and then return to Canyon with his father to continue training.

It’s been that way all through high school, because that’s how Brett operates.

“It’s not practice when you love something this much,” he says. “It’s all fun and games for you.”

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