CENTER POINT — JoJo Frost intends not to cruise, not to coast.
Instead, he said, “More than anything, I want to reach some new goals.
“I want to attack.”
A senior at Center Point-Urbana, Frost was a double-champion at the state track and field meet last year. He captured Class 3A titles in the 400-meter dash (49.02 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (53.06).
Part of his “attack” mentality comes from how slim the margin is between victory and defeat once mid-May arrives.
In the 400 last year, he edged Tyler Bartz of Vinton-Shellsburg by 3-hundredths of a second. In the 110-meter high hurdles, he was edged by Lantz Reed of Boone by 1-hundredth.
“That was tough,” Frost said. “I had some big ups last year, and a little disappointment.”
“Competition-wise, he’s ready to go,” CPU Coach Amy Marshall said. “He’s always the last one to leave the weight room.”
Frost is a three-sport athlete. In football, he scored 11 touchdowns last fall — five rushing, five receiving, one on a kick return. Last winter, he averaged 10.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game as the Stormin’ Pointers (17-7) won the Wamac Conference West Division boys’ basketball championship.
But track is his signature sport.
“I just love the competition,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing who new is out there this year. There could be a freshman that comes out of nowhere, or there could be a kid that’s gotten a lot better.”
Frost will sprint and hurdle at the University of Iowa next year.
“UNI was big on my list, but all of a sudden Iowa came at me hard,” he said. “And when that happens, it’s hard to walk away.”
His birth name is Johannan Josiah Frost, but he has been known as JoJo since as long as he can remember.
“He’s a hard worker, a fun kid to be around,” Marshall said. “He’s pretty goofy; he’s got a good sense of humor.”
And he has been part of CPU’s climb in track and field.
In 2015, he was second in the 400-meter hurdles, and led off the Stormin’ Pointers winning 1,600-meter relay as CPU edged Mount Pleasant and Algona for the 3A state title.
The Stormin’ Pointers were sixth last year, and return 30 of 40 points this spring. Frost accounts for most of them.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association has added the sprint medley relay (100-100-200-400) to the boys’ list of events, and Frost would give CPU an ace anchor in that event.
“That’s definitely a possibility,” Marshall said. “He’d would fit well there, obviously.”
Frost said, “I’m really interested in that if we can grow our young sprinters. The open 200 is a possibility, also.”
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And of course there’s the 400 and the two hurdle events, and Frost doesn’t want any of them to come down to a tiny fraction of a second again.
He’s talking about breaking 48 seconds in the 400, maybe 52 seconds in the 400 hurdles.
“I’ve been able to compete at a high level the last couple years, and I’d like to make it a little higher,” he said.
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