By RON PRESTON
CONCORDIA –Former Hope High School student athlete Shilo Gorake, competing for Cloud County Junior College, qualified for and competed in the 75th Indoor National Junior College Athletics Association competition in Lubbock, Texas recently.
Shilo placed sixth in the 600 meter dash and set a Cloud County record crossing the finish line in 1:20.86.
“He ran against an excellent group of runners made up of international and American runners and received the sixth place medal and made the NJCAA Coaches Association All - American Team,” said Cloud County Coach Harry Kitchener.
“Over an hour later he ran a 49 second split on Cloud County’s 4x400 relay with a new college indoor record of 3:14.43. The 4x4 relay team placed sixth over all and received team medals,” added coach Kitchener.
The 4x4 relay team consisted of Denroy and Denray Ottey, Josh Charles and Gorake.
“Shilo ran 1:59.90 in the 800 during the indoor season, which was a personal best. Outdoor track starts this week with the Southwestern Relays and we should have an excellent outdoor season,” concluded coach Kitchener.
Shilo had an outstanding performance for Hope in last year’s Class 1A state track meet in Wichita.
He has the Hope High school record in the long and the triple jump. He won the gold medal in the Class 1A in triple jump with a leap of 43-10.
The record for long jump came with a bronze medal at the state meet with a jump of 21-55 feet.
Shilo’s second place finish in the 800-meter run was also a Hope record of 2:00.2.
Gorake is a freshman for the T-Birds track team and is the youngest of four children of Kim and Nancy Gorake of Hope.