ASHEVILLE – Kokayi Cobb’s goals for this track season are pretty conventional.
His speed is anything but.
On a given day, Cobb was as fast as any 400-meter dash runner in North Carolina or South Carolina last year. And the junior has this season and then another one at Christ School to get even better.
“I want to run as fast as I can,” Cobb said. “I feel a lot stronger than I ever have before and my workouts have been going great.”
Cobb sprinted to a personal best of 48.38 seconds in the 400 meters last summer under the umbrella of Asheville’s Fast Twitch Track Club. He has a personal record of 22.34 in the 200-meter dash.
No WNC high school sprinter has ever broken 48 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
This school year has been an interesting transition – Cobb has transferred from Asheville School to Christ School.
He was a big part of the Greenies’ run to the NCISAA Division II football championship game last fall (Christ School lost, 56-20, to Ravenscroft on Nov. 20).
“Kokayi is a really good football player, but I think he and his family know that his path is most likely to be running in college,” Greenies track coach Randy Ashley said.
“He’s dedicated and a good kid to work with. He’s been voted one of our co-captains and has done everything I could ask to lead our sprint squad.”
Cobb has already run this season’s fastest 400-meter dash time in WNC (50.22) and the second-best 200 (22.87).
The Greenies are part of the field for this weekend’s Taco Bell Invitational in Columbia, S.C., and after that is Thursday’s Buncombe County meet at Reynolds.