In 1979, El Dorado’s Chris Johnson ran the 800m in 1:55.7 to set the El Dorado High School record. Johnson’s record seemed untouchable, as it stood for 39 years. Friday night, Cale Carson was able to surpass Johnson, as he finished the 800m in 1:55.29. Carson’s time not only broke the second-oldest school record, but it also marked the fastest time in Kansas in all classes this season. Carson’s record-setting race took place at El Dorado’s home invitational.
“I couldn’t have done it without the home crowd cheering me on,” said Carson.
Last year, Carson placed second in the 4A 800m at the state track meet at Cessna Stadium.
“Cale has worked awfully hard for four years,” said El Dorado head track and field coach Gary Melcher.
“I know he has had his sights set on that record. He is a talented young man who I believe will have a good deal of success during his career at Friends University, and I don't think he is done yet this season. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if he didn't take the record a little lower. One of Chris Johnson's teammates was at the meet on Friday and spoke with Cale, and it wouldn't surprise me if Chris contacted him to congratulate him too.”
Cale will have plenty of time to keep improving his time, as the Wildcats have two meets remaining before the 4A regional meet in Chanute on Friday, May 18.