LAKEWOOD — There's no question that speed plays a major role in the success of the Longmont boys track team.
Years of friendship and camaraderie may be what put the Trojans over the top, though.
On Friday at Jefferson County Stadium, Longmont claimed the state title in the Class 4A boys 800-meter relay. Seniors Trevor Cook, Conlan Berger, Logan Goodner and Eli Sullivan teamed up to edge Mountain View. Longmont finished in 1 minute, 27.04, just .15 of a second ahead of the Mountain Lions.
"We've been competing in sports, all four of us together, since freshman year, even middle school some of us," Cook said. "We have that connection and it shows up."
The connection was sensational on Friday, as that senior foursome set two school records — in the 800-meter relay finals and in the 400-meter relay preliminaries (41.46 seconds).
"That was just our goal coming into this meet: giving our best and going for our goals," Goodner said. "Our goals are the school records and then the state record. We got two down and one more to go."
Longmont felt that Friday was a pivotal day, because the weather conditions were perfect for going for a record. Saturday's forecast calls for warm temperatures, but high wind. Not that they are giving up thoughts of setting records on Saturday. The 4A state meet record in the 400 relay is 41.28, by Mullen in 1997.
"We're still going for it," Goodner said.
A year ago, Bergner, Cook and Goodner were a part of Longmont's state title in the 400-meter relay, so Friday marked their second titles. For Sullivan, however, it was a first.
"It's such an incredible feeling," he said. "We've all been working for it and pushing each other in practice.
"These three boys grinded (last year) and believed in me this year and I worked my butt off to get a spot in it. It feels good."
Being all seniors made Friday's championship run sweeter, Berger said.
"It was super important, especially with us all being seniors and just how hard we've all worked this year," he said. "It just kind of shows how much we were willing to put into have something good come out for us."
Something good has come out of it, but there may be more coming. The Trojans had the fastest time in the prelims in the 400 relay as they look to defend their title.
The Trojans want to go back-to-back in the 400 relay, but more than anything, they want to send each other off on a winning note.
"This is what we've been working toward and it's kind of surreal that it's already over," Sullivan said. "We've got one more race together, a couple of individual events and then we're going to part ways, but it's real special in this moment."
Earlier in the day, Berger placed fourth in the long jump, with a season-best leap of 21 feet 5.5 inches.
On the girls side, junior Cammy Manes came up just short of a medal in her first state race, placing 10th in the 800-meter run.
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