Pleasanton sprinter commits to running with the Greyhounds
Pleasanton High School star sprinter Isaiah Bates, seated center, has committed to run for the Fort Scott Community College track team. With the senior at the signing ceremony was his father and sprint coach Tony Bates, seated right, PHS track coach Dan Saulsberry, standing from left, FSCC track coach Philip Redrick, his grandparents Bob and Linda Fox, brother Elijah Bates, sister Sarah Bates, and stepmother Rebecca Bates. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
Pleasanton High School senior Isaiah Bates announced on Friday his intent to be a part of the the Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) track team for its 2003-2024 season.
Bates, who holds the state Class 2A record in the 100-meter dash and is a two-time state champion in that event, was joined by PHS track coach Dan Saulsberry, FSCC track coach Philip Redrick, his father and PHS sprinters coach Tony Bates and several other family members for the event.
In addition members of the PHS track team and others also attended.
Redrick, a former professional sprinter, said the history of the FSCC Greyhounds and the fact that it is one of the best track programs in the country helped him convince Bates to join the team. He said he looked forward to working with Bates once he finishes his senior year at PHS.
Although it is still a few months until outdoor track season again, Bates and his brother Elijah have continued to work on their sprinting form after school at the PHS stadium. The workouts there focus on improving starts off the blocks as well as other sets to improve explosive starts.
Coach Bates has posted several videos about sprinting on a Youtube channel. He has invited any student in the school to train with them for sprint events, but so far, there have been no takers, he said.
While his teammates may still be thinking that track season is at least nearly five months away, Isaiah is already training for the indoor track season, which starts in two months. His goals are to compete in nationals for both indoor and outdoor sprints and well as a win in the 100-meter dash in the Kansas Relays.