LAKEWOOD — Lyons senior Paul Roberts wrapped up his illustrious prep running career by finishing first and setting a record in his last race.
On the final day of the Colorado track and field state championships on Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium, Roberts won the Class 2A 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 19.54 seconds. It was the second state title and second 2A state meet record that Roberts claimed in his final meet as a Lyons Lion.
"I just wanted to come out and run hard," Roberts said. "I've been competing against a lot of these guys since freshman year and it's been great competition out here every year. I'm just pumped to go out there and get that record, which is really cool."
Roberts led his final race the entire way. Soroco's sophomore Ben Kelley, who beat Roberts with a meet-record time in the 800-meter race on Friday, was close behind until Roberts found an extra gear heading into the last turn and finished with a massive kick to break the record.
The only male cross country runner to win four prep titles in Colorado, Roberts also won nine track and field titles in his high school career.
"It's kind of weird being done but I'm excited about how it all went," Roberts said. "I guess I don't have too many regrets and it's just time to move on and see what's next."
Lyons senior Joel Such, who leaves Lyons with six individual medals, placed fifth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:37.25.
On the girls side, Lions senior Sierra Tucker finished runner-up in the 1,600 with a time of 5:19.15. Yet another Lions runner to cross the finish line for the last time as a Lion, Tucker claimed the ninth individual medal of her career.
"It was a good way to finish," Tucker said. "It's a good way to go out. My goal was to stay on the leader as best I could and have fun win my teammate Ceann (Udovich) for my final race."
Udovich, a junior, placed fourth in 5:22.74. Senior Owen George placed ninth in 12.37 in the 100-meter dash despite a sprained ankle.
"In Paul's race, I was really nervous," Mark Roberts said. "But he found something extra at the end, and he's been able to do that, and he got another record. I'm just proud of Owen for going out and even running on that ankle. For our distance kids, it was good to see them have good races. I coach because I love to see kids be successful and they were today."
The Lyons boys finished third. The Lyons girls finished fifth.