Carly Gose twisted her ankle in an odd mishap after finishing the 800 as Northern Buckeye Conference champion.
The stumble did not prevent Gose from earning her second trip to Columbus as it was the only time she slipped as a freshman. She qualified to state in cross country and the 800.
Gose is Genoa’s News Herald athlete of the year.
Gose was scratched – albeit not in line with her wishes – for the 1,600 at regionals. She was at about 90 percent for the 800 and fell well back after the first quarter.
Gose made up 30 meters down the back stretch of the second lap to finish fourth.
“She did it on guts,” Comets coach Brian Tucker said. “She has that something to drive her. If you could bottle that second gear or that overdrive most of us don’t have, you’d be a millionaire.
“She never gives up.”
Gose was ninth in the 800 at state and first at districts.
Gose never concerned herself with the fact she was a freshman.
“You have to put a lot of work into it,” she said. “I kept it in my mind I could do it and stayed positive. I tried to outwork others.
“I just want to be the best. I want to do better and I feel I can.”
Gose likes to outrun and outthink her competitors.
“Several things jump out as to why she is where she is so early,” Tucker said. “She’s a student of her opponents. We prepare in practice … she and her dad know the opponents and what they do. She’s a 4.0 student and a 4.0 track student.
“She’s always working to improve. She has a conscientious approach to every practice and a tremendous attitude. She understands the benefits of working hard.”
Gose rivals include classmate Courtney Burner of Woodmore and Eastwood’s Maddie Jackson.
Gose established a school record at 5 minutes, 19.01 seconds to also earn a conference title in the 1,600. She was second at districts.
Gose has run the 800 in 2:17 twice and is after Tiffany Wright’s school mark (2:15.38).
“She likes records,” Tucker said. “She’s the fastest already with really good finishing speed. That’s not good enough for her. She wants to get an A on every test and an A every time on the track.”
Gose was 83rd in Columbus for cross country, 13th at regionals, fifth at districts and third in the conference. She was conference champ in seventh and eighth grade.
Gose’s 19:59.45 at state was seven seconds shy of the school record. She and Jodi Bays are among a Comets group that will have everybody back.
Gose experienced the crowd, atmosphere and intensity at state for cross country, was more comfortable for track and will likely be re-acquainted with it all quite often the next three years.
“I’ll still have nerves but it will be less nerve-racking,” she said.
Gose always has strong family support and older brother Casey plays three sports at Genoa. Both have the talent to continue with sports at the next level as Casey excels at baseball.
Gose saw limited minutes for the varsity and hopes to increase her role as the pair plays basketball.
Gose was Genoa’s only athlete at the state track meet and Tucker hopes she encourages other runners to join her in both seasons.
“Carly is an incentive,” he said. “They aim at her to emulate her. We had eight minute improvements last season. They weren’t accidents. They’re out with Carly.”
Gose sometimes functions at practice like the rabbit at a dog track as she’ll vary her pace to best challenge different teammates. Gose doesn’t think of herself as a running beacon but she seems to know how to get where she’s going without any trouble.
“She doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Tucker said. “She’s small in stature but her turnover is very fast. She works to improve the speed of her foot strike. She’s going to be hard to beat.”
That should strike fear in Ohio with burnout a foreign concept to Gose.
“I love everything about running,” she said. “There’s always room for improvement. It’s not like I’m running 40 miles a day. I keep it light – 45 minutes.”
Apparently, that’s plenty.