Whittell’s best fit to be ‘Trim’
Jordan Trim wasn’t a standout success story during his prep career at Whittell High School.
He earned a pair of zone track titles in the 400-meter run, a school record and took a second and fourth place in the event during state meets. He played three sports his senior year, assuming a defensive leadership posture on the soccer team and an end-of-the-bench role on a struggling basketball squad. Then came track, a springtime sport which brought out the humble best in an above-average athlete.
But Trim was no-doubt the school’s best all-around male athlete. And he earned it not through a stockpile of super results or memory-invoking plays.
No, the just-graduated Trim showed continual improvement and the discipline to recognize the importance of trying his best – trademarks which these days are typically overlooked in lieu of making the big play or exuding a prolific presence.
For his undeniable hard work and commitment to personal accomplishment, Jordan Trim is the 1998 Tahoe Daily Tribune Male Athlete of the Year at Whittell High.
“He’s done it all by sheer determination and dedication. He pretty much made the most of his given talents,” said Whittell track and field coach Dan Makley.
“I just got down to business. When it came time to practice, it wasn’t time to talk to you buddies,” Trim said. “People told me I was too serious about what I was doing. But it pays off.”
Trim played four years of varsity soccer and one year of varsity basketball. They were activities, for the most part, he did in order to stay tough for his foremost passion – track.
Yet, while in those “off seasons,” Trim made the most of his commitment.
“Jordan overcompensated for his skills with hard work and was a leader for our soccer team. He led by example and did everything I asked him to do,” said Whittell soccer and basketball coach Steve Maltase. “It’s too bad he didn’t play basketball for four years because he really could’ve helped us with his athleticism. But he really came out to help us fill numbers and stay in shape for track.”
Trim did his best to remain motivated during the fall and winter sports, especially basketball.
“I tried to stay as serious as I could, stayed after sometimes and worked my behind off,” he said. “Sitting on the bench didn’t bother me. I don’t need to be in the spotlight. I just wanted to be a part of the team.”
But he admits that track was always the first thing on his mind. There were times when he’d find his mind wandering to the friendly confines of the lined oval.
“It’s something I’d lose sleep over. Sitting in classes I’d daydream about it. All I could think about was running a race. My adrenaline would get so pumped up. Sometimes it happened every night,” he said. “During soccer, I forget about playing soccer. And during basketball, it happened a lot. I wanted to quit to focus on track. But you just can’t ditch out on your teammates.”
Trim’s obsession manifested itself positively when track finally rolled around. Makley remembers one practice in particular.
“One day it was really muddy. Jordan was working on some things for his starts that we’d been showing him. When I finally started watching him, I couldn’t believe it. He’d done about 10 starts out about 30 or 40 feet. But it looked like he’d only done it once. He made the same set of footprints each time,” Makley said. “He paid attention to detail and did it pretty much on his own. He did his best and almost won it all. He got excellent results and deserved them.”
Trim will take a few pieces of history away with him. While he’s unsure when he’ll attend school (University of Nevada when he decides to go) and will probably not compete athletically, he’ll forever own a pair of zone titles and a school record in the 400 – a race that Makley calls the most difficult event to run.
“Track is one person against another person – there’s no one with you when you’re running a race. The team is always there for support and to root you on and it’s awesome to have them there. But it depends on how much you work. The harder you work as an individual, the better your chances of success,” Trim said. “I have no regrets. As soon as state was over, I didn’t even think about track. I know I did all I could and tried my hardest. I don’t think I’ll miss it at all.
“A lot of people compliment me on being modest about what I do. I don’t really like exposure and that’s not why I got into sports. I was there to run. You can’t get any worse unless you just stop. And the tiny things make the difference. I just liked to run fast.”
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