LAKEWOOD — Jordan Cherin's dominance of this year's 1A sprinting events was largely unforeseen by his competitors because he has spent the past three years as a distance runner.
At the Colorado track and field state championships, the Shining Mountain senior added four new medals to his collection. Foreseen or not, Cherin's unusual progression from distance runner to sprinter has earned him a distinctive triumph.
With his prep career now over, Cherin has now medaled in every individual track event, excluding the hurdles - that's a medal in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
"It feels weird," Cherin said. "I mean, my first three and a half years were dominated by the distance events. I got thrown into a 4x400 last year and I discovered that I was pretty good at the short stuff so I started training for it. It was an amazing last meet of high school and it feels really good."
Cherin had a big day at the Colorado track and field championships on Friday. Saturday was bigger. After setting a 1A meet record in the 800-meter run on Friday while winning the state title, the first of his career, the Lions senior had three events, each separated by less than two hours, on the third and final day.
Cherin fought off the fatigue to finish as the 100-meter runner-up in 11.58 seconds. Later that morning, he won the 400 while setting a 1A state meet record of 48.80. In the early afternoon, he won the 200 with a time of 22.87
"After the 800 yesterday, I was really tired," Cherin said. "My immune system was pretty much shot so I just rested a lot, took lots of naps in the tent and stayed off my feet and out of the sun as much as I could."
In the 1A girls 1,600, freshman Abby Leuchten placed third in 5:45.15. Sophomore teammate Emma Schaefer took fourth in 5:45.37. In the boys pole vault, junior Jack Colvin cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to placed fifth while freshman Reid Hill cleared 9 feet to placed seventh.
"I think attitude is a big part of it," Leuchten said. "Emma especially, she's so positive no matter what's happening. That helps us come to work as well as we can."
Green rallies for 2nd
Monarch junior Isaac Green wasn't able to defend his state title in the 5A boys 1,600-meter run, but he had a sensational kick during the final 150 meters to place second.
Green had his best time of the season (4:21.19) to finish less than three seconds behind the champion, Henry Raymond of Poudre. Green was in fourth place with 150 meters to go and made his way to second.
"It was a hard race to judge, because I'm not the guy who pushes it usually and when it got taken out in the third lap there, I couldn't hang," Green said. "I'm not sure what I would have done different; I'm going to figure that out for next year. But, I'm happy with the result."
Green, who helped Monarch win the state title in the 3,200-meter relay on Thursday, now has six top-four medals at state during his career.
On the girls side for the Coyotes, junior Holly Bent was seventh in the 1,600, with a time of 5:11.95. Bent, who was fifth in Thursday's 3,200 meters, has won four state medals during the past two seasons.
Xiong, Penrose claims three medals
Broomfield seniors Jordan Xiong and Johnathan Penrose each came away with three state medals on Saturday.
Individually, Xiong was fifth in the Class 5A boys 100 meters and 200 meters. Penrose was fifth in the 300 hurdles and ninth in the 110 hurdles.
That duo then teamed with Dalton Ill and Aron Gordillo to help the Eagles to a fifth-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay.
Senior Bryce Williams added a seventh-place medal in the triple jump and sophomore Mitchell Gorman was sixth in the 300 hurdles for the Eagles.
For the girls, senior Brenna Chase won two medals, placing eighth in the 100 and ninth in the 400.
Glynn not intimidated
She may be a freshman, but Mead's Abbie Glynn didn't appear to be intimidated at her first appearance in the finals at the state meet.
First, Glynn ran 57.94 to place seventh in the 4A girls 400-meter dash. A short time later, she placed fifth in the 300 hurdles, running a 46.31 to destroy her preliminary seed time by over a second.
In the 4A boys hurdles, Mavericks senior and football standout Tony Feula placed sixth with a time of 15.18.
Skyline vaults onto medal stand
Both pole vault school record holders, Skyline's Aaron Carmichael and Alex Hellenberg took their talents to the big stage on Saturday. Once there, each earned a first-ever state medal in the pole vault.
Carmichael cleared 13 feet, 2 inches to place fifth in the 4A boys competition. Hellenberg cleared 11-2 to place fourth in the 4A girls competition.
The reemerging Falcons program claimed a third Saturday medal with senior Leah Osborn finishing in 15.85 to place ninth in the 100 hurdles.
PR for Weseman
Fairview senior Alex Weseman wasn't overly thrilled with his performance in the Class 5A boys 400 meters on Saturday. Yet, after placing sixth with a personal-best time of 49.17 seconds, he'll take it.
"It could have gone better, but the way I ran, I felt like it went as good as it was going to get today," said Weseman, who claimed his first career state medal.
Later in the day, the Fairview girls placed seventh in the 1,600-meter relay, clicking in at 3:56.66.
Davidson is two for two
After her second appearance at the state meet, Nederland sophomore Sarah Davidson went home with her second straight medal.
Davidson placed ninth in the 2A girls 1,600 with a time of 5:35.30 on Saturday. In 2015, she placed seventh in the 2A 3,200.
Having medaled at the end of her first two high school seasons, Davidson must be eagerly awaiting the start of her third.
Silver Creek's Brock Knechtel closed his season with a solid fourth-place finish in the 4A boys discus. The junior had a top throw of 157 feet, 6 inches, and he improved upon his eighth-place finish from a year ago. ... Silver Creek's Abigail Gray also improved on her standing from last year. The sophomore tied for fifth in the 4A girls pole vault after finishing seventh last year as a freshman. ... Erie senior Devon Hansen got on the podium with a ninth-place finish in the 4A boys pole vault. His vault of 13 feet, 2 inches was a season-best.
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