Can anyone touch Watertown's Pierre Lear


Watertown's Pierre Lear winning the 100 hurdles at the Pierre American Legion Relays....Photo by Kernit Grimshaw

By Rich Winter

As thousands of track athletes descend on Sioux Falls this weekend, one fella that people should keep an eye out for is Watertown junior, Pierre Lear. 

Lear had a breakout meet in Pierre about ten days ago and an even bigger breakout yesterday at the Al Sahli Invite in Aberdeen. 

Lear won three events in Aberdeen with three personal bests.

100 hurdles - 1st -  15.00

300 hurdles - 1st - 40.00

High jump - 6-feet-6

Lear was already top ranked in the hurdle events but improved on his times yesterday. The 6-foot-6 high jump moves Lear into the No. 1 ranking now in the Class AA high jump. 

Let's check out the top-5 in each event:

100 hurdles:

1.Lear, Pierre15.00Watertown

2.Furula, Wilson15.44SF Lincoln

3.West, Gavin15.46Sturgis Brown

4.Donahoe, Josh15.56Brandon Valley

5.St. Pierre, Stephon15.71SF Lincoln

300 hurdles:

1.Lear, Pierre40.00 Watertown

2.Twomey, Kayleb40.55RC Central

Provisional - 43.33

1.West, Gavin41.39Sturgis Brown

2.Schumacher, Joshua41.51RC Stevens

3.Donahoe, Josh41.55Brandon Valley

Class AA high jump: 

1.Lear, Pierre 6'06.00"Watertown

2. Weldon, Damarcus6'05.00"SF Lincoln

3. Hay, Dylan6'04.00"RC Central

3. Lear, Pierre6'04.00"Watertown

4. Morin-Baxter, Isaiah6'04.00"RC Stevens

5.Popkes, Nathan6'04.00"SF Lincoln

Lear is just a junior, and it looks like he has a younger brother, Nate Lear who is just a freshman. The freshman finished 2nd in yesterday's 110 hurdles (17.00) and third in the 300 hurdles.