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Athlete of the Week: Eagles’ runner follows brother’s lead

DAYTON — Like many Tongue River athletes, Cody Jolovich is more than just a one-sport kid.

While some three-sport athletes might run track to build their skill set for things like football and basketball, Cody Jolovich does it the other way around.

Jolovich will attend Gillette College in the fall on a track and field scholarship after his final season this spring with the Tongue River High School track and field team.

His running roots come from his older brother, Cole, who is also a collegiate track athlete at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

“I like running a lot, and I started mostly because my brother did it,” Jolovich said Tuesday afternoon.

Jolovich has run track for eight years, finding his niche in distance events late in his varsity career.

“Starting out, he’d get me to go do things like the Dayton Days mile run,” Jolovich said of his older brother. “It’s always been a competition between he and I.”

Even in a friendly summer community run at Dayton Days, the Jolovich brothers ran out ahead of the field last year, with Cody trailing Cole by just a few seconds across the finish line.

The elder brother lettered as a freshman in 2012 at SDSMT, now deep into his second season with the Hardrockers track team, his success followed closely by his little brother at home.

“He taught me things like how to keep your pace,” Jolovich said. The two are nearly indistinguishable largely because of their long, lean runner’s body frame. “How to keep a 60-second pace for a lap, and keep that going for a long amount of time…how to breathe while your running.”

Jolovich said his drive to continue his track career beyond high school came directly from Cole, the two discussing his options as he chose between a four-year or two-year school. After considering Powell he eventually decided on Gillette due to its close vicinity to home in Dayton. Cody plans to study culinary arts in Gillette.

As his Eagle athletic career comes to a close, it should be noted that Jolovich was no slouch in his other sports. He was a big part of Tongue River’s return to the football field in 2012, providing the young team strength in the defensive secondary as a cornerback, one of just three seniors to suit up for the Eagles.

“The other sports are important, they come and go,” he said. “But my big goals are always in track.”

Jolovich said he’s taken aim this spring at winning an event at state, perhaps the mile. Beyond that, he would like to reach the Track Classic, a challenge that’s always been his ultimate varsity sports goal.

The Track Classic takes the top 10 athletes across Wyoming in each track and field event for each boys and girls. It’s set this year for April 26 in Casper.
His parents are Randy and Alyssa Jolovich of Dayton.

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