Leon's Khosla off to fast start

Leon's Khosla off to fast start


Leon's Khosla off to fast start


Leon High’s Sukhi Khosla is off to an impressive start in track and field.

Make that a fast start.

The reigning Class 3A cross country state champion overcame cold and windy conditions to clock a 4:13.02 in the 1,600 meters on Friday night in the 54-team Bolles Bulldog Classic in Jacksonville.

After a two-hour break – Khosla sat in a car with the heater on and ate half of a sandwich – the junior clocked a 9:11.7 in the 3,200 meters.

Both marks represent the best times in the state this season.

“I really wanted to see how I could do off a double because I had never done a hard double before,” Kholsa said.

“It’s great. Even though if I don’t want to necessarily do that all the way through the season, it’s just nice to know that I have the option. I love the mile more than anything else, but I know I am better at the two-mile.”

Khosla wasn’t challenged in either race, beating the second-place finisher in the 1,6000 meters by 10 seconds.

“I think he could have gone a lot faster in the right conditions, the right race,” Leon coach Andrew Wills said.

Khosla went undefeated through the cross country season, culminating in a state title at November’s FHSAA Class 3A state meet at Apalachee Regional Park.

Friday represented Khosla’s first race this season in the 1,600 meters. His personal-best over that distance was 4:24.

Matt Mizereck set Leon’s school record in the 1,600 meters at 4:11.76 in 2010.

The FHSAA mark was set by Godby’s Joe Franklin (4:08.84) in 2007.

Franklin (2006-08) and Mizereck (2009-10) combined to capture five consecutive state titles in that distance.


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