If you go
What: State Track and Field Championships
When: Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: Jefferson County Stadium, 500 Kipling Street, Lakewood
Cost: $10 general admission, $7 students/senior citizens
More info: chsaa.ticketleap.com
LONGMONT — When the 2016 school year ends, so will an era of athletics at Longmont High School.
Developing over the past four year, the Longmont Trojans have enjoyed one of the more talented and dynamic class of athletes that has come through their halls. This year's group of seniors includes dozens of soon-to-be collegiate athletes and nearly all of them are standouts in multiple different sports.
With less than a month left in all of the Trojans' colorful prep careers, there may not be a better stage for them to finish on than the dynamic display of athleticism that is the track and field state championships.
"We're all multi-sport athletes and all across the board, it's just surreal that we'll be competing together for the last time," Trojans senior Logan Goodner said. "It's coming down to it and it's our last hurrah so we're going to go for it."
Goodner and teammates Eli Sullivan, Conlan Berger and Trevor Cook are definitely going for it. Already the school record holder and with a seed time of 41.69 seconds, those four enter the Class 4A state meet as the favorites to win the 400-meter relay. Not just that, but they will also be making a run at that state meet record of 41.28 (Mullen, 1997) and the Colorado prep record of 41.21 (Overland, 2007).
Those four, each of whom was a major contributor on the Trojans' powerhouse football team in the fall, is also seeded second in the 800-meter relay. Sullivan, who has the top seed time in the 110-meter hurdles, was also a major contributor on the Trojans' state runner-up basketball team in the winter. After coming up just short of a championship in the fall and winter, the Trojans feel like they have been properly incentivized to finish strong in the spring.
"After football and basketball, we really want to come out and show what people can do," Cook said. "The way we weren't able to get it done really make us want it more. I think we just have to run our race. The four of us have been running this relay together for four years, so we've been through it together and we're ready."
With the depth the Trojans have in their relays and individual events, they fell like a potential top-five team in terms of overall points, as well.
"If everything goes really well for us, we can definitely be top five," Trojans head coach Kevin Akers said. "If we have a really perfect meet, we can definitely podium."
The Broomfield boys bring plenty of firepower to the 5A state meet with sprinter Jordan Xiong, hurdler Johnathan Penrose and jumper Bryce Williams. Monarch's Isaac Green will be a contender in the 5A 800 and 1,600. Sprinters Dane Myers and Tony Feula will lead the Mead boys.
In the 2A competition, the Lyons look like contenders again and senior Paul Roberts has said he will go for the all-classification record in the 3,200-meter race.