May 23, 2012 - Senior CJ Gozdor is heading to the state finals after placing first in the high jump at the MHSAA Boys Track & Field Regional meet last Friday.
CJ Gozdor at MHSAA Boys Track & Field Regionals at Brandon High School, May 18. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
"It is exciting," he said. "It has been someting I wanted to do for a long time. Last year I took second place and barely got to go to state. It was fun."
Gozdor took first place with his 6'3" jump during the meet and will now focus on gearing up for states on June 2. But first he has the Oakland County Meet this Friday.
"I will probably make sure I practice and make sure at my top condition for states," he added. "Also, get all the little stuff in my technique right."
During the season he set his personal best with 6'7" in the high jump at the OAA Red league meet, May 11. He also took first place. It was the second consecutive year he was the OAA Red Champion in the high jump.
"It is always a goal to set to be first in the league," Gozdor said."It helps out the team as much as it helps out myself."
He joined track in eighth grade after playing lacrosse in seventh grade.
"I broke both my shinbones right in half," Gozdor explained. "I was just getting better by springtime. I thought I would have a higher chance to reinjure myself in lacrosse."
He joined track to stay in shape. He was successful in the high jump and kept with it. Gozdor said, for him, it was a priority to jump higher as he finished his high school career.
"I haven't had a good season since my freshman year," he explained.
His sophomore year he had knee surgery and couldn't jump. Last year he was weak at the beginning of the season after just recovering from mono.
"I didn't have a lot of time to gear up for the season," Gozdor added.
He plans to continue his track career in college. He is currently talking to coaches from nine different universities in Michigan.
Gozdor finished his classes on Tuesday and had a 3.5 GPA going into finals for his third trimester classes - AP Statistics, 20th Century Literature, Forensic Science, Creative Writing and Personal Economics.
For aspiring athletes he advised to stay involved.
"After senior year things aren't going to be the same again," he reflected. "You have to live it up while you are here. Most athletes don't go on to the next level. The more you stay involved the less you are at home doing nothing or getting into trouble."
His parents are Gary and Suzanne.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.