Cliff Grassmick
Erie’s Kevin McClanahan celebrates one of his three state titles at the 2014 Class 4A state finals.

ERIE — Kevin McClanahan was a bit of a later bloomer on the track but once he began to realize his potential and put it on display, colleges started to take notice of the slender senior from Erie High School.

After he set a new Colorado state meet record in the 400-meter dash in May, McClanahan found himself in a position where he could take his pick of several Division-I track programs. Once a slew of new doors opened up for McClanahan and the recruiting process seemingly started all over again, his college decision became a bit more difficult.

He narrowed it down and McClanahan finally decided to continue his track and field career in Fort Worth, Texas, with the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.

“Basically, from the start since I had never been recruited before, college recruiting was very new to me this year,” McClanahan said. “I went into it thinking that I wanted to make sure I could go somewhere where no one would have to worry about me socially, academically and financially. The track and field team and coaches at TCU treated me like I was already a part of the team. Academically, they have everything I could want to major in and the campus life is really nice.”

Originally looking at Weber State, McClanahan’s late whirlwind college tour included University of North Dakota, University of Utah, University of Kentucky, University of Texas and a few others. In the end, McClanahan’s decision came down to Kentucky and TCU before he signed with the Horned Frogs on Saturday afternoon.

McClanahan will not declare a major for his freshman year and will probably start out running the 200 and 400-meter dashes. He will also try to make the 1,600-meter relay team. After sweeping the Class 4A 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes at the Colorado state track meet as a high school senior, McClanahan feels he is yet to scratch his true potential.

“A lot of it will depend on how my body responds to the next level of training,” McClanahan said.

On his way to winning the 2014 boys track and field Athlete of the Year award, McClanahan ran a meet-record 46.78 seconds in the 400-meter dash. He ran a 10.67 in the 100 and a 21.33 in the 200. He scored 30.5 of the fourth-place Tigers’ 48 team points.

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