South’s Colbert gets two wins in two different ways

Cheyenne South's Josiah Colbert paces himself during the 3,200-meter run at the Okie Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Cheyenne South’s Josiah Colbert paces himself during the 3,200-meter run at the Okie Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — Josiah Colbert’s first race of the day was a test of will.

His second race was hardly a test at all.

The Cheyenne South senior got dug deep in the 1,600-meter run, coming from behind to beat Cheyenne East’s Michael Kesy. In the 3,200-meter run, he ended up lapping a few of his competitors and winning easily.

Two wins by two very different results.

“(The 3,200 was) easier in one respect, hard in another,” Colbert said.

“Running alone is not fun. I would have like somebody to be there to push me a little bit harder, get a little bit more intensity but it was a good race.”

As Colbert approached the home stretch during the 1,600, he realized he had a chance to catch Kesy. The East senior has been regarded as one of the top distance runners in the state the last few years.

But on this day, Colbert found something extra. Colbert managed to pull out a time of 4:37.35 to edge Kesy’s 4:38.13.

“Honestly, this happens every now and then, but I realize I can get him and I want to get him,” he said.

That strong finish set the stage for the 3,200 where Kesy was absent. Colbert blew away the six-man field with a time of 10:28.88. Rock Springs’ Thomas Kody was second at 10:45.22.

Friday’s race showed Colbert he does have the skill set to pull out a win in the crunch, even against elite competitors. It’s just another thing he’s adding to his arsenal.

“I’m really getting into a routine and truly analyze how I’m running and understanding what I need to do,” Colbert said.

To see video of Colbert winning the 3,200-meter run or other highlights from the Okie Blanchard Invite, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xZt_8az4So

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