WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEKIN, Ill. - Cole Henderson says he really hasn't thought about what it'll be like when he enters the state track and field finals Saturday.
It'll be one year since he was the star of the last state meet.
"I try not to think about meets too far in advance because I get really nervous and psyche myself out," said Henderson. "Looking at it now, thinking about last year, it was a big day for me. I had a lot of personal records broken."
The Pekin senior has his eyes on repeating in the Class 3A 100 meters, 200 meters and the long jump. He's not sure if he's the favorite in any of three but is the guy to beat.
"I'm right on that edge," said Henderson. "I can definitely get faster, jump longer. It just has to be my day."
Last Friday wasn't Henderson's day. He was beaten at the Edwardsville sectionals in the 200 meters by Bloomington's Cary Lockhart. It was Henderson's first loss in two years.
He wants that to fire him up tomorrow.
"Maybe it'll add a little fuel to my fire. Now I have a point to prove," said Henderson. "I've got a little revenge coming, hopefully."
He'll wear the Pekin High School colors one final time tomorrow before heading off to the University of Illinois. He hopes he'll also be wearing gold medals around his neck at the end of the day.
"I try and act like it's another meet," said Henderson. "I've gotten to know all these guys around the state, top athletes. We're on an even playing field. Everyone is nervous. We try and make the best out of it."