East­side’s John­son breaks record

The Covington News - - SPORTS - GABRIEL STOVALL gsto­vall@cov­news.com

At some point East­side track and field coach Franky Iver­son looked at the school record for the 1600 me­ter run and de­ter­mined that had been a record too long.

On Thurs­day, dur­ing the Ea­gles’ home track meet against Al­covy, Iver­son pin­pointed ju­nior An­thony Thomas and, be­fore the meet, gave him a two-word di­rec­tive – one that Thomas knew ex­actly what it meant.

“He said, ‘it’s time,’” John­son said. “Me and my coach def­i­nitely talked about it, and he said to­day I need to break it. He said it’s been the record for too long, so it’s time for it to go.”

To be ex­act, it was an eight year mark that John­son broke when he fin­ished the 1600 with a time of 4:44 – five hun­dredths of a sec­ond faster than the pre­vi­ous stan­dard bear­ing mark of 4:49 set back in 2009.

Iver­son said Thurs­day’s feat was, in­deed, no sur­prise.

“He’s ca­pa­ble,” Iver­son said. “An­thony’s been strong. He’s been look­ing good since he first got out here. When we saw him run cross coun­try, he looked good. And so we just fig­ured that if he pushed it on this first meet, let’s go ahead and break the record and get it done. He’s an 800 (me­ters) guy, but we ran him just to see if he could break the record.”

John­son didn’t dis­ap­point, ei­ther. He jumped out fast from the start and was never re­ally threat­ened. He even lapped two run­ners along the way, al­though, ac­cord­ing to John­son him­self, he thinks he could’ve posted an even faster time.

“Hon­estly, when I started the race, I thought I slowed down too much, so I thought I’d only run about a five minute time,” John­son said. “I thought I was run­ning too slow.”

Now that he got the record out of the way, John­son said he’s aim­ing for the same in the 800m which is his nat­u­ral event.

“I con­sis­tently run about two min­utes flat in it, and I want to shave that down,” he said.

He got closer dur­ing the Candace Hill In­vi­ta­tional at Rock­dale High School on Fri­day, when he fin­ished sec­ond in the 800 with a time of 1:59.88, los­ing out on first place by a hair to Rock­dale County’s Su­laimane Ban­gura who was clocked at 1:59.43.

John­son said he wants to take about five sec­onds off that time and be a con­sis­tent 1:55 in the 800. And he knows ex­actly how he needs to go about mak­ing it hap­pen.

“I’m pretty con­fi­dent about it,” John­son said. “Peo­ple have al­ways told me that I’m fast and that I could do this, which is why I de­cided to run. Now I just need to keep lis­ten­ing to the coaches and keep train­ing and see what hap­pens.”

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East­side ju­nior An­thony won the 1600m run in style Thurs­day night, break­ing the school record with a time of 4:44.

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