2014 Dispatch/Argus Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Annawan-Wethersfield's Michael Cook

Originally Posted Online: June 15, 2014, 11:36 pm
Last Updated: June 16, 2014, 5:46 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com

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."

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