For Skiy DeTray, it was just another workout, an 800-meter run in 1 minute, 54 seconds, during a Greater Spokane League dual meet.
Never mind that it was the fastest in the league this year and that he won’t run the 800 again. But the Mead senior needed an easy meet since he had run a 4:13 1,600 meters a week earlier and two days after that had won the 1,500 (3:54.3) and 3,000 (8:33) in a prestigious track meet in Oregon.
“It’s weird,” DeTray said. “It’s been all like a mental game for me, hard-core. After I came back from Arcadia (Calif.) and broke through with 9:04 (3,200), I decided every meet, no matter how big or how small, I was going lay my soul on the line and give it everything I’m capable of giving. It’s weird, the faster and farther I go, the easier it is. A mental breakthrough is what’s happening.”
DeTray has thought of trying to triple in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the state meet, if only briefly.
“It’s gone through my mind,” he said, “but the mile and two-mile is definitely where my heart’s at.”
“He could conceivably be state champion in the 800,” Mead coach Pat Tyson said. “A triple … might be abuse. We could do that and try to win the state title, but I don’t think that would be in the best interest of the kid.”
That’s definitely in the best interest of many other 800 runners.
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