Sioux City "East senior Carter Lilly, a Hawkeye recruit, is this week's SportsFource Champion.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Sioux City East has turned out a lot of NCAA Division-1 talent over the past few years. A standout in football and basketball, KTIV's SportsFource Champion Carter Lilly has made his mark on the track and is just one of four male athletes signed by the University of Iowa track team.
When the gun sounds and the blocks are empty, when everybody is running after him, Lilly is chasing history.
"The faster you run, the faster you get done. That's always nice to think about," Lilly joked.
Since he was a freshman, Lilly has had his sights set on breaking Bob Prince's school record 800 meter mark of 1:52.4, a record that's stood for more than 41 years.
"It's always kind of been in the back of my mind," Lilly said. "It's a good motivational thing to try to use to get better."
"If he does that, he going to be one of the best all-time because Bob Prince is probably the standard for 800-runners," said East track coach Rick Clarahan.
The future Hawkeye is currently five seconds away from eclipsing the school record. This season, Lilly posted the fastest time in Class 4A with a 1:57.60 at the Wolverine Invite in late March.
"Football and basketball help me mentally prepare me and mentally me get tough to be able to run at a high level," Lilly added.
But it was an adjustment to his routine after his sophomore year that now has Lilly knocking on destiny's doorstep.
"After my sophomore year, my junior year of basketball I started running. I'd run three times a week just to get a good base before the start of the season."
"Our season is short. It's 12 to 13 weeks," Clarahan added. "If he doesn't get that time in, it really makes it tough. That was a real key last year."
The change paid off. Lilly finished second in the 800 at the state meet and is poised for another run at a title his final year wearing the Orange and Black.
Lilly will compete at the Sioux City Relays this weekend.
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