Even with a pink cast on his left wrist, Jordan Fogle produced the best race of his high school track career.
Last Saturday, Fogle clocked a personal-best 800-meter time of 2 minutes, 00.96 seconds at the Big C Relays in the Anchorage Sports Dome.
He was even more proud of the time because he overcame a short deficit to defeat Grace Christian’s Joseph Dillon, a formidable 800 opponent.
“I was just so tired when I crossed the line I was just trying to catch my breath and when I finally caught my breath I was like, ‘Yes, I did it,’’’ Fogle said Tuesday afternoon. “I remember everybody coming up to me going, ‘Jordan, you ran a 2 flat,’ and I was like, ‘Whoa, really I ran a 2 flat.’ I was really surprised.”
Fogle’s previous best time was 2:08, which he recorded in a meet in California during spring break. He was hoping to get a 2:05. He beat his goal by five seconds and now has the second fastest time in the state, according to athletic.net, and the 10th best time in Kodiak’s history.
“I am real happy to see him make that breakthrough because he needed to do it,” Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar said. “He needed to go out there and get that mark that makes 2:08 not fast anymore. He is where he needs to be now. He is one of the top 800 runners in the state.”
Fogle enters the season as one of Kodiak’s most versatile athletes. The junior proved that by winning Kodiak’s pentathlon earlier this season.
“He can run anything from the 100 to the 2-mile and do well in it — he is very versitle and you don’t see that very often with a guy that has that much speed and is willing to run and is good at running the long-distance races,” Dunbar said.
Fogle can even high jump — he qualified for state in that event last season — but will not high jump this season so he can focus on distance races.
Fogle broke his wrist during the basketball season and gets his pink cast off in a week. He said he hopes he can produce faster times once the cast is removed.
This weekend Fogle has a big test as he is running the 400, 800, 1,600 and in the 1,600 relay at the Pro/Whit Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday at the Sports Dome in Anchorage.
The meet features 16 teams, with most of the them in 4A.
The Bears will be missing several athletes for the meet for various reasons. For that reason, Dunbar hopes for a combined (boys and girls) top five finish.
“I think we are strong enough to do that, but with our team not at full strength, I’m not sure if that will be realistic or not,” he said.
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Kodiak top 10 state performances
100 — 5. Riley McFarlin, 11.58 seconds. 200 — 10. Riley McFarlin, 24.53. 400 — 6. Caleb Nymeyer, 52.76; 8. Riley McFarlin, 53.03. 800 — 2. Jordan Fogle, 2:00.79; 9. Nathan Deer, 2:06.30. 3,200 — 5. Cole Christansen, 10:02.14; 7. Nathan Deer, 10:11.09. 1,600 relay — 2. Jordan Fogle, Riley McFarlin, Caleb Nymeyer, Gage Cubbedge, 3:32.75. 3,200 relay — 1. Cole Christiansen, Nathan Deer, James Osowski, Jordan Fogle, 8:33.29.
800 — 2. Jaymi Bethea, 2:25.50. 1,600 — 1. Jaymi Bethea, 5:21.34. 100 hurdles — 10. Samantha Oliver, 17.81. 400 relay — 10. Ranie Siscar, Alby Mamaat, Summer Mckechnie, Samantha Oliver, 56.47. 3,200 relay — 7. Sarah Ng, Adriane Horn, McKenzie Barnett, Jaymi Bethea, 10:38.22. Shot put — 5. Samantha Oliver, 32-06. High jump — 8. McKenzie Barnett, 4-06.