Sports Spotlight - Calob Larson
BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - He’s one of the all-time best in North Dakota high school track history, but his junior season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Calob Larson of Legacy High School added three more individual titles and one more relay championship to his resume last week, for a total of 12 in his career.
Calob is also the subject of this week’s Sports Spotlight.
Larson, a senior at Legacy, is a three-time Class-A state champion in the 100-meter dash. He describes this event as “a short quick race, so I love it. You start and you finish really quick.”
Larson said, “the 200 [meter dash], I haven’t really run it that much.”
Despite that fact, Larson set the overall state record when he ran the event in 21.36 seconds on Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. This was his third 200-meter title.
Larson is also a 3-time state champion in the 400-meter dash. He first placed 7th at the state meet in that event as an 8th-grader.
Larson said, “It’s a hard race. It’s a mixture. It’s all mental. It’s a lot and around the 200 [meter] mark, at that point, I’m only halfway done, but you have to push yourself to keep on running as hard as you can and not slow down.”
Larson was slowed near the end of the season due to a quad injury he suffered while winning the 100-meter dash at the Howard Wood Relays. This happened after he set the meet record in the 400-meter dash.
Larson said, “When it comes to the last stretch, it literally feels like your nerves, veins - everything is pulsing and static. Electricity is pulsing in your arms, and everything feels like slow motion.”
It might feel like slow motion, but, obviously, it is not. Larson’s record time in Sioux Falls was 47.02 seconds.
Larson said, “Right when you cross that finish line all of your feeling slowly comes back and you’re like where am I at right now.”
Legacy Track Coach, Chris Clements, said, “People talk about generational athletes and I think Calob probably falls into that category.”
In 2020, just before the pandemic hit, Larson represented the United States at the Reykjavik International Games in Iceland. Next year, he’s going to compete for North Dakota State. Larson says he’s nervous every time he gets into the starting blocks.
“Right when that gun goes off it all disappears and you’re just in a game mode and you’re just going. It’s a good feeling. I love it though,” said Larson.
The Bison compete in the Summit League and using Calob’s high school times at state, Larson would have placed no worse than 7th in the Summit in all three of the sprints at the conference meet this spring.
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