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.