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Casey Combest (aka the Great White Hope)'s Comeback is Underway
by: LetsRun.com
December 7, 2007

Normally indoor track in December is pretty boring. In fact, we've often wondered if indoor track should even be allowed in December. But this year things may be a bit different.

Tomorrow in Normal, Illinois Casey Combest will be running the 60m at the Red Bird Open Meet at Illinois State. Who the hell Casey Combest? He's the fastest American high schooler ever at 60m. And oh yeah, he's white.

Back in 1999, Combest ran a 6.57 60m while in high school. Then he fell off the map. His scholarship to run at the University of Kentucky didn't pan out because Combest didn't qualify academically. Then he got busted for selling marijuana.

Combest briefly ran at a junior college in Alabama, Wallace State. Believe it or not his teammate at Wallace State was Obea Moore. (Moore ran a 45.14 ran as a SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL and then fell off the map like Combest.  For an excellent profile on Moore click here. (And with all the talk of whether anyone in the NFL could go sub 10 in the 2 mile, this thread claims Moore did it))

But then Combest vanished from the track and field scene and people began to wonder what ever happened to Casey Combest (here and here). Combest was more concerned with other things like working than track and field. He eventually started his own janitorial business and began a real comeback in earnest this past spring (enough of a comeback to get mention in the Kentucky newspaper here)

The comeback is serious enough that Combest is talking about running very fast. "Id like to run in the 6.5 or 6.6 range. I wont be disappointed if I run 6.7" Considering, Combest's national record of 6.57 usually will put someone in the top 10 in the US each year, we'd be shocked if he runs 6.5. Tyson Gay ran a junior college record as a freshman and only ran 6.65. That shows how damn good Combest was at the 60 in high school.

And in case you're wondering no white man has ever broken 10 seconds for 100m.  Jeremy Wariner and others are showing that while white men can't jump, they can at least sprint for 400m.

*Kentucky Newspaper Article on Casey Combest's Race Tomorrow
*Article From Earlier in the Summer on Combest's Comeback
*
High School Article on Combest and How All He Wants to Do Is Run and Really Respects Prefontaine


       
 CLASS AAA Boys 100 Meter Dash  
       
                NATIONAL:  9.90 HENRY NEAL - TEXAS                  1990          
            KY CLASS AAA: 10.58 AARON PAYNE - LOUISVILLE HOLY CROSS 1988          
             KY CLASS AA: 10.61 JOSH ELLIS - PADUCAH TILGHMAN       1996          
              KY CLASS A: 10.70 ALVIN BAKER - TRIGG COUNTY          1985          
       
                      Preliminary Results - Friday 05/29/98                       
                  9 Advance: Top 4 Each Heat Plus Next Best Time                  
       
  PLACE ATHLETE NAME                   YR SCHOOL                    TIME       HT 
  ===== ============================== == ========================= ========== == 
      1 Casey Combest                  11 Owensboro                 10.59 -0.6  2 
      2 Tyson Gay                       9 Lafayette                 11.03  0.4  1 
      3 Maurice Napier                 11 Lincoln County            11.20  0.4  1 
      4 Maurice Rivers                 10 Louisville Trinity        11.25 -0.6  2 
      5 Jason Harris                   10 Louisville Male           11.25 -0.6  2 
      6 William Nash                   11 Louisville Male           11.29  0.4  1 
      7 B.J. Sherrill                  12 Meade County              11.25 -0.6  2 
      8 Jeremiah Morgan                11 Whitley County            11.33  0.4  1 
      9 Tim Jett                       11 Tates Creek               11.27 -0.6  2 
     10 Ron Bethel                     12 Louisville Ballard        11.34  0.4  1 
     11 Kevin Paschel                  11 Lou Pleasure Ridge Park   11.36 -0.6  2 
     12 Brian Bivins                   11 Henderson County          11.45  0.4  1 
     13 Chris Resing                   11 Covington Catholic        11.50 -0.6  2 
     14 Tim Williams                   11 Louisville Valley         11.63  0.4  1 
     15 Terry Jackson                  12 Holmes                    11.66  0.4  1 
     16 Daron McKnight                 12 North Hardin              11.72 -0.6  2 
       
                        Finals Results - Saturday 05/30/98                        
       
PLACE ATHLETE NAME                   YR SCHOOL                    TIME       PTS  
===== ============================== == ========================= ========== ==== 
    1 Casey Combest                  11 Owensboro                 10.71 -2.5  10  
    2 Tyson Gay                       9 Lafayette                 11.16 -2.5   8  
    3 Maurice Napier                 11 Lincoln County            11.24 -2.5   6  
    4 B.J. Sherrill                  12 Meade County              11.28 -2.5   5  
    5 William Nash                   11 Louisville Male           11.29 -2.5   4  
    6 Jeremiah Morgan                11 Whitley County            11.33 -2.5   3  
    7 Maurice Rivers                 10 Louisville Trinity        11.35 -2.5   2  
    8 Jason Harris                   10 Louisville Male           11.38 -2.5   1  
    9 Tim Jett                       11 Tates Creek               11.55 -2.5      

           Hy-Tek's MEET MANAGER 
       
 CLASS AAA Boys 200 Meter Dash  
       
                  NATIONAL: 20.00 ROY MARTIN - TEXAS              1985            
              KY CLASS AAA: 21.33 ALLEN FRANKLIN - HENRY CLAY     1983            
               KY CLASS AA: 21.53 JOSHUA ELLIS - PADUCAH TILGHMAN 1995            
                KY CLASS A: 22.20 LAINE FOMAS - PARIS             1986            
       
                      Preliminary Results - Friday 05/29/98                       
                  9 Advance: Top 4 Each Heat Plus Next Best Time                  
       
  PLACE ATHLETE NAME                   YR SCHOOL                    TIME       HT 
  ===== ============================== == ========================= ========== == 
      1 Kevin Greer                    12 Owensboro                 22.24 -2.4  1 
      2 Casey Combest                  11 Owensboro                 22.32  0.4  2 
      3 Tyson Gay                       9 Lafayette                 22.46  0.4  2 
      4 Maurice Napier                 11 Lincoln County            22.63 -2.4  1 
      5 William Nash                   11 Louisville Male           22.74 -2.4  1 
      6 B.J. Sherrill                  12 Meade County              22.92  0.4  2 
      7 Kanon Campbell                 12 North Hardin              22.80 -2.4  1 
      8 Kevin Paschel                  11 Lou Pleasure Ridge Park   23.02  0.4  2 
      9 Chris Resing                   11 Covington Catholic        23.16 -2.4  1 
     10 Maurice Rivers                 10 Louisville Trinity        23.30  0.4  2 
     11 Matt Suedkamp                  11 Covington Catholic        23.31  0.4  2 
     12 Ryan New                       10 Pulaski County            23.44  0.4  2 
     13 Ramon Cowan                    12 Tates Creek               23.48 -2.4  1 
     14 Anthony Raspberry               9 Louisville Male           23.60  0.4  2 
     15 Ron Bethel                     12 Louisville Ballard        24.06 -2.4  1 
     16 Tim Williams                   11 Louisville Valley         24.24 -2.4  1 
       
                        Finals Results - Saturday 05/30/98                        
       
PLACE ATHLETE NAME                   YR SCHOOL                    TIME       PTS  
===== ============================== == ========================= ========== ==== 
    1 Casey Combest                  11 Owensboro                 21.89  1.3  10  
    2 Kevin Greer                    12 Owensboro                 22.32  1.3   8  
    3 Kanon Campbell                 12 North Hardin              22.57  1.3   6  
    4 Tyson Gay                       9 Lafayette                 22.59  1.3   5  
    5 Maurice Napier                 11 Lincoln County            22.81  1.3   4  
    6 Chris Resing                   11 Covington Catholic        22.94  1.3   3  
    7 Kevin Paschel                  11 Lou Pleasure Ridge Park   23.06  1.3   2  
    8 William Nash                   11 Louisville Male           24.58  1.3   1    


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