Both of his times Friday were season bests, but Kenzo Cotton said there’s room for improvement.
The Papillion-La Vista sprinting sensation cruised to victory in his heats of the Class A 100 and 200 meters at the state track meet.
Cotton had his fastest times of the season in the 100 (10.51 seconds) and 200 (21.52) before an appreciative audience at Burke Stadium.
“I’m pretty happy with my performances so far,” Cotton said. “The 100 was a little faster than I thought, but the 200 was a little bit slower.”
That 10.51 in the 100 was a Class A state meet record, eclipsing the 10.60 first run by Rick Davis of Omaha Creighton Prep in 1987, then matched in 1993 by Ronnie Doss of Omaha Benson.
In the 2012 finals, Cotton won the 100 in 10.41, but the tail wind was a bit too strong to count as a record. Cotton will also compete in the May 25 Adidas Dream 100 in New York City.
Cotton’s chances to take big strides in the 200 were slowed this season because poor weather conditions kept many practices indoors and led to the cancellation of several meets.
He did spend more time indoors working on his starts. That paid off with another pair of solid starts Friday, especially in the 100.
Cotton’s preliminary time in the 200 was faster than the 21.69 he ran in the 2012 prelims. He’s aiming to better the state-record 21.31 he ran at the state finals a year ago.
In addition to the finals in the 100 and 200 Saturday, the junior also will run a leg on Papillion-La Vista’s 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
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