LAKEWOOD — Knowing there’s a second chance can be a beautiful thing.
After what proved to be a frustrating couple of days at the track and field state championships, Broomfield junior Jordan Xiong found comfort in the fact that there’s always next year.
In 2014, Xiong took second in both the Class 4A 100- and 200-meter dashes. But 2015 brought a move up to Class 5A for Broomfield and a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash at Jefferson County Stadium on Saturday.
“Even though I didn’t get what I really wanted to get, I’m still kind of proud,” Xiong said. “I’ve been to state three times so I’m still really excited. I didn’t do too well in the 200, either. I got a sharp pain in my leg and I came in dead last. I guess it just wasn’t my year.”
Battling that lingering leg pain on Saturday, Xiong finished the 100-meter dash in 10.94 seconds, 0.10 slower than he ran at state last year. Xiong ran a 24.08 in the 200-meter dash to place 17th and not qualify for the finals.
“I was shooting for first,” Xiong said. “It is what it is and I don’t want to make any excuses.”
Also a junior, Broomfield’s Jake Mitchem had a similarly frustrating Saturday in his state meet debut under the new classification but saw a bright side in having one remaining season. Mitchem barely cracked the podium in an exciting 1,600-meter race, placing ninth in 4:25.30.
“It’s not what I wanted,” Mitchem said. “I was trying to go for the win and I just did not feel good today. I think I was just tired. I took third in the two-mile, though, so I was pretty happy with that and that was about what I expected. It’s good to know I have another shot at track and cross country next year.”
On Friday, however, Mitchem did place third in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 9:35.21. He also placed sixth at the 5A cross country meet in the fall.
On the final day of the state meet, Broomfield senior Victoria Biggerstaff placed seventh in the 5A girls discus with a throw of 116 feet. Senior Regan Vandepol placed 11th in the 1,600 with a time of 5:12.39 while freshman teammate Emily Mitchem came in 15th with a time of 5:19.25.
The Broomfield boys finished in a tie with Rampart for 22nd place. The Broomfield girls tied Legacy, Boulder and Highlands Ranch for 33rd place.
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