“I was almost as mad as him — well, probably not as mad — but I was pretty upset because he is my competition,” the Fairfield hurdler said. “I (set a personal record) almost every time I run against him.”
Cook recovered well enough to compete in the regional Thursday. Unfortunately for him, Kitson entered the regional feeling the best he had in two weeks.
The two lined up side by side on the toasty track at South Bend St. Joseph. The starting gun sounded and Kitson took an early, comfortable lead.
Cook quickly closed the gap and Kitson knew he had to kick it into the next gear to maintain control.
"I saw him right beside me and that’s when I started snapping my lead leg down a lot more and working on that speed in between the hurdles,“ Kitson said.
Kitson blazed through the finish line with a time of 14.72 — a personal best — while Cook came in at 14.98. The Fairfield senior grabbed his first regional win over a good friend and rival. He’ll advance to state for the first time.
The regional marked the fifth time Kitson and Cook squared off. Kiston said Thursday was the second time he’s beaten Cook.