There has been no settling on the track for Central Catholic's senior track and field standout Katie Mokros. After capturing the state title in both the 100- and 200-meters in last year's OSHAA's State Championship Meet, Mokros discovered where her raw talent could take her.

There has been no settling on the track for Central Catholic's senior track and field standout Katie Mokros. After capturing the state title in both the 100- and 200-meters in last year's OSHAA's State Championship Meet, Mokros discovered where her raw talent could take her.

“It was one of those things that just happened,” Mokros said. “I was coming in expecting to maybe get in the top three or four, but when I won 100 and then came back and won the 200, it was a huge surprise.”

Mokros didn't always have a knack for running. During her younger years at St. Mary's Elementary School, Mokros participated in track and field simply as a way to stay active.

But once Mokros challenged herself, she surprised everyone.

“In elementary school I just ran,” Mokros said. “I never really won, and so seventh-grade came around and I told myself, 'Okay, I am going to try and see what happens.'” I ended up beating some of the boys in practice. When that happened, I ended up being undefeated my seventh- and eighth-grade year.”

Discovering her hidden talent, Mokros headed into high school hoping only to improve her times. Never did she dream of winning a state championship, let alone two.

“I didn't expect any of this coming into high school,” Mokros said. “I don't think my parents ever expected me to do that last year. I thought I could compete with some athletes but I never expected to be on top. It was been really exciting.”

After her stellar state title breakthrough, Mokros's goals for her senior year of track took a different turn. Instead of only setting goals to race personal bests, Mokros set the goal of defending her titles in both the 100 and 200 meters

With personal best times of 12.2 in the 100 and 24.6 in the 200, she’s well on her way to achieving that.

“It is really cool just to say I won state in the 100 and 200,” Mokros said. “It was a lot of hard work and I felt like some weight was lifted off my shoulders doing that my junior year. But now I want to get it again and there is that thought that I have to defend this title.”

Although winning the state titles was a surprising memory Mokros will never forget, she understands that with glory, comes pressure.

“I have had a lot of pressure this whole year and I feel like I have to do good since I did win state,” Mokros said. “But I am looking forward to pushing myself harder (in the postseason) and seeing how fast I can run. It is a mixture of excitement and nerves.”