Whether it's his signature event, the 800 meters, or the anchor leg on the 4x400 relay, Charles Jock almost always outruns the competition.
But after a record-setting season that has included Big West Conference titles in the aforementioned events, the UC Irvine sophomore is still chasing most of his dreams.
Talk among his peers and track and field coaches, as well as Jock himself, is that he just might unleash a finishing kick sufficient enough to propel him down the stretch toward the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
An abundance of talent, a strong work ethic applied to ever-expanding training techniques, and a growing foundation of strategy and toughness forged by an increasing stockpile of competitive experiences, all figure to quicken the pace of Jock's pursuit.
The pursuit of a national championship in the 800 begins today for Jock, who aims to be one of 12 to advance from the NCAA West Region preliminary round at the University of Texas. Two races — the first round at 5:30 p.m. today and the quarterfinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. — will pare the field to half of the 24 runners (12 others from the East Region), that will compete at the NCAA Championships, June 9 through 12 in Eugene, Ore.