LAKEWOOD — Birdie Hutton cruised across the finish line for a repeat title in the Class 1A 1,600-meter run on Saturday at the state track and field championships, ending her era of success for Shining Mountain Waldorf School.
Then the senior turned around, smiled and said, “Hey sis,” as perhaps another Hutton era of distance running dominance began for the Lions. That is, of course, if freshman Ginger Hutton doesn’t get the volleyball bug instead.
“I’m going to have to choose between those two sports,” said Ginger, who took second to Birdie.
Both sisters easily broke the 1A state meet record set by Birdie last spring in the first year of the classification. Birdie won last year in 5 minutes, 33.26 seconds despite having only about three weeks of training under her belt due to a knee injury suffered during basketball season.
On Saturday, Birdie capped her prep career by finishing in 5:12.82, 9 seconds off her personal best but solid nonetheless considering she was running by herself the entire race.
Ginger Hutton, also a club and SMWS volleyball player, finished in 5:27.55, 12 seconds ahead of Prairie’s Sheyanne Warboys in third place.
“That was the plan,” Birdie said of the 1-2 family finish. “I’m excited that it happened. It was really awesome.”
Birdie Hutton will compete next year at Princeton where her older sister Elizabeth is on the crew team, leaving Ginger to chase down her prep marks. Birdie also won the 3,200 on Thursday with a 1A meet record time.
“There’s a lot of talent there, that’s for sure,” Birdie said of her younger sister.
Shining Mountain placed fourth in the 1A girls team standings.