Hanford's Joe Collett doesn't have many problems clearing hurdles, but he has had some issues with getting rid of his nerves.
The senior has struggled at times on the biggest of stages track and field has to offer, including the Pasco Invite and the state meet.
This year, though, he is hoping a change in his approach will pay off both Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium and this May in Tacoma.
"I told myself this year that I wasn't going to run track in college unless I could have fun doing it," he said. "No matter what comes about, I want to have fun, at least that's what I've been trying to strive for.
"This year I've been taking competition and just dealing with it a lot better."
Collett has the fastest time in the state in the 300-meter hurdles (38.84 seconds) so far this season, and his 110 time is right around his personal record of 14.51.
He is hoping to drop his 110 time down to 14 flat, which could get him a scholarship to Brigham Young University. Collett has been accepted to the school, but is planning on walking on to the track team for now.
"I'm trying really hard to get down there," Collett said of his time. "Right now I'm kind of stuck at the same time as last year, but I just need to be a little faster. I'm hoping I can actually get that at Pasco."
It is something that is possible according to Hanford boys coach Darren Crow.
"We've really been working on his start out of the blocks," Crow said. "That is where the half second could come from.
"It is finally coming together for him. If there is a kid out there you want to see do well because of his attitude and how he presents himself, it is him."
Collett has been much stronger out of the gates this year compared to in years past, mainly because he stayed healthy throughout cross country season and he worked out during the winter for the first time.
"It has definitely helped a lot to have the conditioning," he said. "Cross country is more of a mental sport, and it definitely kept me in a lot better shape than the last two years."
Collett also anchors Hanford's 4x400 relay team, which Crow expects could run under 3:28 on Saturday. In fact, Collett ran his leg so fast at the Davis Invite last weekend, his coaches are entering him into the 400 this week to see how he performs.
"He did a lot of offseason training and staying in shape," Crow said. "We expect him to be the No. 1 guy in the hurdles, and have a chance at 20 points this weekend."
No matter what happens Saturday, Collett wants to erase bad memories from 2011.
Last year, he finished 10th in the preliminaries for the 110 hurdles, but a clerical error advanced a different runner into the finals.
"I got kind of frustrated, and it carried into the 300s and I didn't do well in that," he said. "I think it was just bad on my part. I should have been paying more attention.
"This year will definitely be better."
Something he has been preparing for both mentally and physically.
51st annual Pasco Invite
Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium
Events start at 9:30 a.m. with the pole vault and boys distance relay
Opening ceremonies are at noon
Awards will be announced at 7 p.m.