Year in review: Quincy Norman enjoys running success both on and off track
Forest Grove's Quincy Norman opened some eyes with his performance at last spring's OSAA 6A Track and Field Championships in Eugene, and again Nov. 4 at this year's State Cross Country Championships.
The sophomore followed-up an outstanding 2017 cross country regular season — one in which he finished undefeated in dual meets and broke an Anderson Farms course record held by former University of Oregon runner and two-time NCAA national track and field champion Elijah Greer — with a third-place finish at November's state championships. Wilson's Alex Slenning won the race, finishing seven seconds ahead of Norman and McMinnville's Zane Fodge.
"I think Quincy ran a pretty tactical race," said Forest Grove head coach Adrian Shipley. "He played it smart, because when Slenning opened up a pretty good gap and Shumacker and Fodge went to get him, they couldn't hold the move, and Quincy made them pay for it at the end."
After winning the 3000 meters and finishing second in the 1500 at the Greater Valley Conference District Championships a week prior, the Viking standout finished second at the state track and field meet to Jesuit's Joshua Schumacher in the 3000. He stunned even himself with a time of 8:34.72, besting his personal record by roughly 10 seconds.
"I wasn't too focused on my time, but I was happy with it," Norman said with a chuckle. "I was just trying to focus on competing."
And competing is what he's been doing since arriving at Forest Grove High a little more than a year ago.
Like most kids in the state of Oregon, and track athletes around the world, Norman reveled in the experience of competing at historic Hayward Field in Eugene.
"It was really cool," he said. "I've been to lot of pro meets there so just being able to run on it was really cool, and to run that fast was awesome."
And was he surprised by his performance?
"I wasn't really expecting to do that well, but I made sure I put myself in the right position to and I ended up feeling good," Norman said.
Norman also qualified for the 1500 and finished 12th with a time of 4:05.02.
So will the somewhat unexpected success at state change Norman's perspective going forward? Not by much, according to him.
"I've always wanted to run fast, and I still do," he said. "But since I was so close to a state championship my freshman year, it's definitely something I want to shoot for next spring."
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