Pekin’s Myers moves quickly in 2-mile race
PACKWOOD — Was this a sprint or a long-distance race?
The way Pekin senior Malcolm Myers took off after hearing the starting gun go off on Monday during the Ruritan Relays in Packwood it was difficult to tell.
Myers, most certainly, was flat-out sprinting for the first 400 meters.
Did he forget the race was actually for 3,200 meters? That’s 2 miles.
“Oh no, I just don’t like to get blocked in at the start,” Myers said. “And I always want to get out pretty fast, set my pace early — and keep going.”
And that’s just what he did. Kept going and going and going — and going very fast.
No, he didn’t actually sprint the full 2 miles. But no competitor, at any point, came anywhere close to him. Under cold, wet conditions, Myers finished the race with a winning time of 10:27.55.
He ran the full 2 miles without so much as a glance behind him.
“That’s true,” he said. “I never did look back today. I’ve run this race enough to know how I’m doing.”
Myers has made the Iowa State Meet the past two years in the 3,200. Needless to say, he’s not planning a vacation this spring for May 18-20. He’s fully intending to make it to state three years in a row.
Plus, he wants the school record.
“My best time last year was 10:15 and the school record is 9:59, and I think I can get that record,” Myers said. “It will take a lot of extra practice, but that’s fine with me.
“I’m willing to put in the work.”