Cats happy despite short first meet
De Soto distance coach Chris McAfee said he didn't exactly expect what he saw from sophomore 1,600-meter runner Colin Jokisch at Friday's season-opening track meet, the Baldwin Invitational.
With storms looming overhead and rain intermittently pelting all in attendance, Jokisch rolled a little thunder of his own, blazing to a first-place finish in the 1,600.
He hung with the pack through the first lap, but left it in the dust over the next three.
McAfee said he knew it was possible, but when Jokisch pressed the lead even further on the last lap, hurling himself down the home stretch to win by seven seconds -- that, he said, was unexpected and awesome.
"He's had some great workouts, but for him to translate it into a race was great," McAfee said of Jokisch, who finished in four minutes, 43 seconds. "He's running with a lot of confidence right now. He just dropped everyone and ran the last three laps by himself."
The meet didn't last long after Jokisch's run, but the Cats were happy with that they accomplished in their time there.
Only one athlete didn't get to run, distance specialist Morgan Frehe.
Lauren Karnitz was third in the girls 1,600. Jackie Goleman was second in the 100-meter hurdles and third in the high jump. Cheyenne Williams was fourth in the pole vault. Angela Topf was second in the shot put. Christina Davis was second in the discus. Sarah Lambert was fourth in the javelin.
Andre Linzy was seventh in the 100-meter dash and third in both the long and triple jumps. Lucas Slater joined Jokisch in the 1,600, placing fourth. Chris Dvorak took second in the steeplechase while Tanner McNamara was third.