Annawan-Wethersfield's Michael Cook started and ended his junior running season with a flourish, finishing third in the Class 1A state cross country meet and earning a pair of sixth-place medals in the Class 1A state track meet.
Not a bad season, right?
"It was pretty successful," Cook said. "After track last season, I had high expectations."
Cook reached them.
Before the state meet -- where he placed sixth in both the 800- and 1600-meter races -- late last month, Cook had not lost any open event. He was the Lincoln Trail Conference and Class 1A sectional champion in each race.
All that added up to being named the 2014 Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Do you like track or cross country more? "I like track a little more. It's a little shorter. I feel I have more speed than stamina."
You had a third- and fifth-place medal as a sophomore, but your times were better as a junior. Is that pretty interesting? "I think it shows how good 1A track really is. Prelim times were almost faster than 2A times. It speaks for how good 1A track can be.
With the success you had this season, how much momentum does that give you? "A lot. Going into the cross country season, I'm hoping I can improve. Hopefully, I can get higher medals in track.
What do you want to accomplish in the next 12 months? "I'm hoping I can improve my times in everything and place a little higher in cross country and track."
Today is Tuesday, Sept, 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day. 1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House. 1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson.. 1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation. 1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today. 1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.