CHEYENNE — Mikey Chubb isn’t concerned about the where. He’s more worried about the when.
The Cheyenne South cross-country athlete refuses to quantify success on where he finishes at the Class 4A state cross-country meet this season. Top 10, top 20, it doesn’t really matter.
It’s all about how quickly he finishes.
“To me, to go out with a big bang, it would just mean to make my (personal record) more than anything. It’s not really placing. I really couldn’t care about placing. It’s more about placing after your PR,” Chubb said.
Last season, Chubb surprised a lot of people by finish 11th overall at the state meet in 17 minutes, 31 seconds. By comparison, he finished 42nd the year before in 18:47.
The new personal record fueled his offseason training. Chubb ran countless miles over the summer and worked on eating right to build the strength needed for a 5k run. A vitamin plan was also something he wanted to do.
The extra preparation appears to be paying off.
“I think Mikey has taken the leadership role. He’s taken to it pretty well. He knows that the responsibilities kind of fall on him being the top returner,” South coach Scott Foley said.
“He’s really excited to lead stretches, to lead warm-ups. He just kind of knows that as the seniors came before him, it’s now his turn and the responsibility falls on him.”
Foley has gotten to know Chubb quickly since being hired earlier this year. He says the senior is the one athlete on his team he never had to worry about in terms of offseason training.
Foley believes Chubb is a top 10 state finisher in the making.
“The goal is top 10 but I do not expect it,” he said with a laugh.