BOULDER — An undeniable pattern has been developing over the past five years at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.
Since 2010, the Lions have sent three athletes to the Division-I ranks. Those three have been the only three in the small Class 1A school’s history and all three of them have been girls with the last name Hutton.
On Wednesday outside the gym at Shining Mountain, senior Ginger Hutton signed her national letter of intent to run track and cross country at Vanderbilt University, becoming the third Division-I athlete from both her school and her family.
“I love the team and the coaches were great,” Hutton said. “Really, everything was a perfect fit. I was looking for a school with a nursing program attached to it and I found it. They have an awesome running program and I’m really happy.”
Hutton said she will likely run mid-distance events for the track and field team at Vanderbilt. Hutton won 1A state titles in the 400, 800 and 3,200 in 2013 and won the 800 in 2014. She currently holds the 1A state meet record of 59.09 second in the 400-meter dash, which she set in 2013.
That type of thing runs in the Hutton family.
As a senior at Shining Mountain, Birdie Hutton set a 1A state meet record of 5:12.82 while winning the 1,600-meter state title in 2012. The same year, she also set a 1A state meet record of 11:49.83 while winning a state title in the 3,200. Both records still stand.
Eldest sister Elizabeth Hutton is currently a member of the women’s rowing team at Princeton, where she started as a walk-on.
“This is number three, all from the Hutton family,” “It’s very special. In the long run, we’d like to see this kind of tradition continue. In the next few years, we’d like to continue to see these kinds of things happening. We like to show that you don’t necessarily have to go to a big school to get these types of opportunities.”
Ginger Hutton has helped led the Shining Mountain girls track and field team to back-to-back 1A state team titles in the past two years. Now that she’s inked to continue her career at Vanderbilt, Hutton can now focus all her energy on adding to her medal collection and helping her team compete for a three-peat.
“It relieves the pressure of finding a college and stuff like that,” Hutton said. “But at the same time, I really want to win state again with the girls, so there’s that.”
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