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 Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once. 1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed. 1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France. 1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion. 1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. 1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.