LAKEWOOD — For a brief moment on Saturday afternoon, disappointment flashed through the mind of Longmont senior Eli Sullivan when he looked at the scoreboard to see that he and his teammates finished the 400-meter relay in only 41.39 seconds.
"I was a little disappointed at first when I didn't see that 41.2 up on that board, but I just thought to myself, 'We still got two state championships in two days, which I can't complain a bit about,'" Sullivan said.
Longmont did come up just shy of setting a state record in the relay, but capped the weekend with a second championship during the Class 4A state meet at Jefferson County Stadium.
Sullivan and fellow seniors Conlan Berger, Trevor Cook and Logan Goodner also teamed up for the 800-meter relay championship on Friday.
On Saturday, the group was aiming for the 41.28 that Mullen posted for a 4A state meet record in 1997, but while the Trojans came up short, they set school records in both relays.
"It was a great feeling just to know that we had won it," said Cook, who anchored Saturday's relay. "We were going for a little bit faster, but we still cannot complain about the time we had; it's really fast."
Cook and Sullivan were really fast in their individual events on Saturday, too.
Cook was second in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of 10.99 seconds — just .01 of a second behind Holy Family's Will Domier.
Sullivan hit a couple of barriers during the 110-meter hurdles, but still finished third in 14.85 seconds, just .22 behind champion Jay Shuman of Palisade.
Both were able to rally themselves for the relay, and it should not have come as a surprise. As a group, that foursome has found a great deal of success in a variety of sports throughout their Longmont careers.
"Luckily, we've been able to play in high stakes football games, basketball games, wrestling matches," Goodner said. "We just know how to treat it. We take deep breaths and trust each other, trust our teammates and just know we can get it done."
All of them felt nerves before the race, but Berger got off to a clean start and then had a smooth handoff to Sullivan. That was followed by a good handoff from Sullivan to Goodner and when Goodner handed the baton to Cook, he just enjoyed the view.
"Just watching him run down that straightaway, I just let it all soak in because I knew that was it," Goodner said.
For a group that has grown up together, this was their final competition as a unit. All of them are heading off to separate colleges in the fall, but it's not likely they'll forget this season any time soon.
"It's been a great season, especially through football and all the way through winter sports," Berger said. "We've been together for four years and it's been an awesome experience. I've loved every minute of it.
"It's been fun."
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