Frederick’s Chacon completes comeback from injury, takes two state titles
By Steve Smith
LAKEWOOD -- Ryan Chacon of Frederick High School had a tougher road than most to qualify for the state 4A track-and-field meet over the weekend.
He, like everyone else in prep track, dealt with COVID-19 impacts and all its relatives. But Chacon also had to deal with something else .. a partially torn meniscus he sustained while playing basketball in mid-February.
Fast forward to the Boulder County championships June 5. He ran his first race of the season, the 800-meters, and finished 20th in a time of 2:11.89.
Fast forward again, this time to the last day of the state track meet June 26 at Jeffco Stadium. The senior won the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.96 seconds.
"Crazy I pulled that off," Chacon tweeted. "My hamstring has been pretty tight and wasn’t feeling the best. I realized when got off the turn that it was my race, so I just went for it,"
That wasn’t all. He finished second in the 400-meters (48.13 seconds) and fourth in the 100-meters (11.2). Chacon capped off his day by anchoring the Warriors' 4-by-400-meter relay team to a state title. He, Wyatt Schroth, Alexander Carrillo and Garrett Colvin finished in a time of 3:23.78.
Chacon took the 10th seed into the 200-meter prelims. He was the third seed in the 400-meters. He qualified for two events in the 2019 state track meet. He’ll be running at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.
The state titles for Frederick were the first since 2006. They were the first boys team state champions in at least 20 seasons.
Elsewhere, Isabella Hewitt took 16th in the girls long jump with a best effort of 14-5. The Warriors’ 4-by-200-meter relay team (Parker Ayres, Carrillo, Schroth and Colvin) was 16th in a time of 1:34.8.
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