An invitation to the New Balance national track and field meet is a lifetime achievement for a number of high school athletes. Earning All-American honors? Or capturing a national title? Likely, an unattainable goal. Pembroke High senior Kris Horn set his goals a bit higher. So after he returned from New York earlier this month as a two-time All-American for running a leg for the distance medley relay squad, which finished fifth, and placing fifth in the pentathlon, he was a bit disappointed. “I really wanted to win,’’ said Horn of his performance in the pentathlon, which indoors consists of five events (60-meter hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 1,000 meters). “I was looking forward to it. After the hurdles and the long jump, I was in second place, so I had a shot at it, but I ended up blowing it in the high jump, and lost it from there.’’
The senior captain knows he could have done better. He owns the school record in the high jump (6 feet, 1 inch), along with 10 other individual marks, ranging from the triple jump and long jump, to 55-meter hurdles and the 300-meter dash. “He’s very quiet, but he prides himself on now owning basically every sprinting record in this school,’’ said Pembroke assistant coach Brian Yeaton. “He came in second place in the state in the long jump this year and it really aggravated him a lot. He came in fifth place in the country in the pentathlon this winter, and it bothered him a lot. He’s a kid who doesn’t like to come in second place at all.’’ Horn, however, has used his performance in the pentathlon as fuel to motivate him for his real passion, the decathlon, and its exhaustive 10 events (100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500 meters) that challenge the most well-rounded athlete.