In the boys Class AA 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs, he took the "rabbit" role to a whole new level, taking outrageous leads in both events. I guess if this were NASCAR, he'd get points for leading a lap, right?
His leads didn't last long, and they disappeared in spectacular fashion. In the 1,600, he sailed backward to ninth place; in the 3,200, he finished seventh.
"I think if you go out hard, you have your mind set on, 'I'm going to win it,'" Ickes explained. "And if someone passes you, you can say to yourself, 'I can win it, still. It's a chance.'"
I asked him what his best time in the 1,600 was and he replied: "Four minutes flat." Ummmm, maybe not - that would clip off 17.54 seconds from the 20-year-old AA record of Athens' Mikey Cox.
Ickes finished in 4:41.99, but he earned his 15 seconds of fame here. A graduation present of sorts.
Golfing note: As you may know, good ol' Mother Nature took down some 200 trees on the three courses at The Greenbrier Resort last summer, with that derecho inflicting its damage days before the third Greenbrier Classic. Fifty-two trees were toppled on the Old White TPC.
But at Muirfield Village Golf Club, site of the Memorial Tournament and the 2013 President's Cup matches, a number of trees have been taken out voluntarily, a pruning of sorts.
Taking a tour of the course last week, I noticed a few patches of land and wondered if the course was growing unusual obstacles of high rough. No, I was told, those are where trees were pulled out.
If you've been there for that top-notch tournament, you would be surprised to know a number of trees are gone from the right of the iconic 18th fairway.
At issue, it seems, is re-establishing some sightlines for spectators and those at the luxury homes that border the 39-year-old course. Those trees probably don't come into play for the PGA Tour pros, but losing them seems to help the happy hackers of the world.
Until they find one of those creeks or those gaping bunkers.
Finally, here is an appeal for a little help at University of Charleston Stadium/Laidley Field.
The track surface is showing its age. The stands have long since showed their age in several rows. A few lesser-used rows have moss growing underneath them, for crying out loud.
And out-of-town media covering track meets just love the never-accessible wireless internet connection. While an Ethernet line is available, this gives another example of this city's occasional inhospitality.
We're moving toward an overhaul of the Civic Center, and that's the right course. But we neglect Laidley Field at our own peril.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.