KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Colby King loves to do what most kids his age don’t: run.
King, a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, holds the school record for the 5K, which is 3.1 miles.
“My best (time) is 2:50 pm,” said King.
King surpassed his former teammate Logan Segar’s time.
“It was really amazing because my teammate last year, Logan Segar, was just like a god among us, he was just super fast,” said King.
King’s successes don’t stop there.
King was recently named the Gatorade Kansas Boys Cross Country Player of the Year, a title that almost lasts as long as he runs.
“I’ve always wanted my name to be there, to be put up there with the old Aquinas greats, and it’s great that I’m one of them,” said King.
King’s coach Justin Wrigley wasn’t always sure King would stick with cross country. King used the sport to keep fit for lacrosse, but focusing more on cross country paid off for him.
“Two years later, he was state champion in track and field and then state champion in cross country the next year and his story just keeps getting better and better,” said Wrigley, St. Thomas Aquinas Cross County Coach.
The race isn’t over yet for King.
His track and field season is starting and then he plans to escape to Iowa State to continue his cross country career.
“My goal as a freshman is to hopefully run in the Big 12, the conference matchup. It’s kind of shooting for the stars, but you never know what’s going to happen,” King said.