Boys track and field: Dorados senior makes winning seem mundane

2011-03-10T00:00:00Z 2011-05-12T06:59:59Z Boys track and field: Dorados senior makes winning seem mundaneDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 10, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Canyon del Oro senior James Skillman had some words for teammate Daniel Wong after the 1,600- meter race.

"You weren't even fun to watch," Skillman jokingly told Wong, who had just won the event in 4 minutes 45 seconds.

He makes a valid point.

Wong, a senior, jumped out to a 10-meter lead at the start that progressed to a 50-meter lead as he crossed the finish line. After the first 400 meters, he had already secured the race and there was no need to watch.

But being a true competitor, according to CDO coach Rick Glider, Wong was a little disappointed in his performance in the 1,600.

He wanted to run it in 4:35 to pace his 3,200 time for later meets. Wong also won the 800-meter run in 2:00 on Wednesday at Sahuaro. He ran the third leg of the 1,600 relay, which CDO won in 3:33.41.

Wong did not run the 3,200 but said he wants to run it in 9:10 at the Willie Williams Invitational next week in order to get a fast seed at the Arcadia Invitational in California. He said that meet offers some of the best national competition in the 3,200.

On Friday, Wong will sign a letter of intent with ASU. He received a scholarship based mostly on academics with his 4.35 GPA and partial on athletics.

As a Sun Devil, Wong will focus on the steeplechase, but he wants do his other events and run cross country. Steeplechase isn't offered in high school, but he does it in club track.

He placed second in the steeplechase in his age group at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., the summer after his sophomore year in 6:23 which really brought him to life.

"Up until that time I had kind of been in a little stall or a little plateau, but I hit that, and it really got me going for cross country and track," he said.

Last August, Wong traveled to Singapore with the Youth Olympic Team where he ran the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 5:57 for the second-best mark in the United States.

This year, Wong is using his standard events to improve for the steeple.

"If you can get fast on the flats, then you can get faster on the steeple," he said.

He said he is pretty confident about the 3,200 and the 1,600 but that the 800 will be the toughest. Last year he finished second, third and fifth in those events.

"He'll be one of the favorites to win the mile and two-mile," Glider said about Wong. "He feels he can run with anyone, and he wants to run against the best."

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