MANKATO — Mankato East’s Cody Lorentz admits he caved into a little peer pressure in the spring of his sophomore year,
He had just finished playing football in the fall and wrestling during the winter and decided not to go out for baseball again. But when his friends started lobbying him to go out for the track and field team, he relented.
“It didn’t take a lot of convincing,” said Lorentz, who is now a senior. “I wasn’t doing anything anyway. My friends said it would be fun and it turned out they were right.”
Lorentz is now in his final sports season for the Cougars. His specialties for the track and field team are the 200 and 400 sprints, the triple jump and the shot put. One of his goals is to set personal bests in his two field events.
“I’d like to get over the 40-foot mark in the triple jump,” he said. “And I’d like to throw over 40 feet in the shot put, too. I’m about four inches off in both of them so I think it can be done.”
East head coach Jon Dierks says Lorentz is a quick learner. He never even started working out in the shot put until the end of last year and now he’s ready to contribute.
“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s picked it up so quickly,” said Dierks, who also coached Lorentz in wrestling. “He’s a good athlete and he’s a star in the weight room, too.”
Lorentz is an avid hunter and fisherman when he’s not involved in organized sports and that was a factor when it came time for him to pick a college.
“I’m going to Bemidji State,” he said. “I won’t go out for any sports. I’ll just concentrate on academics. I hope to major in criminal justice.