LA CROSSE, WI - With four meets left on the schedule before state, Sophomore sprinter Jamar Davis likes what he sees with this year's Central boys track and field team.
"I see the team performing well in practice. We push ourselves hard. We just do great all around. In sprints and distance," Jamar Davis said.
The Red Raiders also like what they've seen in Davis. He ranks in the top 5 throughout the state in both the 100 and 200 meter race. And also anchors the "newly minted" school record 4x100 meter relay team.
"100 meters, I want to be the school record. 10.88 that's my time, 10.84 is what I need to beat. I think I can be good to the team. Get some points," Davis said.
"We've got a strong sprinting core. We've got a strong distance core," Head Coach Chad Wilkinson said. "I've had the privilege of coaching some pretty good Central teams. I would say that this one is right up there with what we've had."
If things weren't already set up nicely for Central, the Red Raiders add a secret weapon with state championship DNA. Known for flying above the rim on the court, Kobe King high jumped 6-feet, 4-inches in his first ever track meet last week. That height would have placed fifth at state last season.
"Trying to help out the boys team a little bit, so I decided to join," Kobe King said. "Their two different sports, but you can always bring a winning mentality to a team. Just taking it one day at a time, things that I've learned."
The competition will only get harder for the Central boys, who will need a full team effort with postseason right around the corner.
"There's always good teams out there. And that's really what it comes down to. Performing on the day, under the pressure," Wilkinson said.
"Runners stepping up. If they haven't done their best in past event, do their best in the next one," Davis said.