Mitchell senior Zach Boone could have pouted and packed it in for the winter.
But that’s just not the eight-time state champion’s style.
Boone was enjoying another of his sporting passions (mountain biking) when he badly bruised a femur.
The leg was too painful to train on, which left Boone only about five weeks to get ready for Friday’s NCHSAA 1-A/2-A indoor track meet.
The University of Mississippi recruit sped around Winston-Salem’s JDL Fast Track facility in 9 minutes, 35.19 seconds to win the 3,200-meter run. His margin of victory was more than eight seconds.
“I was happy with my race, but I ended up not doing what I wanted to do,” Boone said. “I led the whole time, and that wasn’t the race plan. I just went for it.”
Boone had also planned to run the 1,600 meters before his biking injury.
Boone signed to run in the Southeastern Conference last fall. And he is in no way at all getting jaded with the state championship experience.
The breakdown of his NCHSAA championships is now six in indoor or outdoor track and two in cross-country.
“It’s pretty surreal (to be an eight-time state champion),” Boone said.
“I always expect to lose that passion of going for it all, but every time it’s a new race and it feels just as special. God willing, this means I can go for 10 in outdoor (track). What a great goal to have. Something I pride myself in is that no matter how many I win, I’m going to try and push myself to greater heights.”
Boone wasn’t the only former multiple-time state champion to hit it big Friday or Saturday in Winston-Salem.
Avery County senior Kylie Polsgrove collected her fourth career championship in the 1-A/2-A girls meet clearing 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. Polsgrove has signed with Liberty.
And then on on Saturday, East Henderson senior Tanis Baldwin was named the most valuable performer the 3-A boys meet after winning both the 1,600-meter run (4:17.71) and 3,200-meter run (9:26.26).
Baldwin is now a six-time state champ who has signed with N.C. State.
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