Cherry Creek girls come up third at state meet

Colter captures two titles, Miller reaches podium four times

Ryan Boldrey
Cherry Creek sophomore Ashley Miller, right, finished just fast enough in the 200 meter prelims May 15 to make it to the 5A finals. Miller crossed in a time of 24.72 seconds, the ninth fastest among all preliminary heats.
Ryan Boldrey
Cherry Creek's Jaeden Graham finished 14th in the long jump at the Class 5A track and field finals May 15 in Lakewood. Graham finished with a top jump of 20 feet, 5.5 inches.
Jim Benton
Cherry Creek junior Jordyn Colter, left, wins the Class 5A 1600 meter state championship at the finish for her second victory of the meet. She defended her 1600 meter title and also won the 800 meters.
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Cherry Creek distance runner Jordyn Colter successfully repeated as the state champion in two events but teammate Ashley Miller will have to wait until next year to hopefully take a step up on the victory podium.
Colter and Miller led the Bruins girls team, the defending Class 5A state champions, to a third-place finish in the Colorado State Track and Field Championships May 15-17 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
The diminutive Colter, a junior, repeated as the 800 meter champion May 16 with a time of 2 minutes, 9.16 seconds and edged Lauren Gregory of Fort Collins at the tape May 17 to capture her second consecutive 1600 meter state title in 4:57.27.
Colter now holds five state titles since she was also part of the school's title-winning 4x800 relay team as a freshman.
“It's awesome to come out and do it again,” said Colter. “I've said it before that it's an honor to race against such good competition. I couldn't ask for a better day.”
For a while it appeared that Colter might not repeat in the 1600 but she passed Gregory just before the finish line.
“I've been working on my speed a lot this season,” pointed out Colter. “I just had to put it to use. I'm very happy.”
Miller, a sophomore, was seventh in the 200 meters and fifth in the 100 meters. She set personal records in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles but finished second in both events to girls who set state records.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Miller was timed in 13.38 seconds but Dior Hall of George Washington established a meet record of 13.09 to win. Miller's time was the fourth best all-time in Colorado.
Miller fashioned a 41.57 in the 300 hurdles but Rocky Mountain junior Carly Lester won with an all-time state record of 41.18 to break the previous mark of 41.35 set by Twink Krainik of Highlands Ranch in 2000.
“I'm not disappointed at all,” Miller said about her runner-up finishes. “I'm extremely proud of the girls I ran with. In the 100 hurdles against Dior I was actually excited she broke the record. I knew she could do it. I also know it's not going to last very long because I can get that next year.
“With Carly I have her next year. It's going to be great competition.”
Cherry Creek's boys 4x400 relay team was a state champion and the boys 4x800 relay team took second behind Chaparral.
Other state winners from south metro schools included Douglas County's Trey Smith who secured the Class 5A 100 meter title. Highlands Ranch's Connor Turnage captured his third straight triple jump title and teammate Ben Morgan won the long jump.
Valor Christian had two individual Class 4A champions. Senior Zac Petrie was the boys 400 meter titlist and junior Haley Showalter bagged the girls discus crown.
Lutheran captured the boys Class 2A team title and sophomore Chris Youngs was the 100 and 200 meter champ. The Lions 4x400 relay team also set a meet record of 3:23.30 in putting the finishing touches on their runaway team victory.