Who will Colorado's fastest high schooler be this season?
Who can lay claim to being the fastest boy in Colorado? Well, the sprints will reveal that answer to us. While we've got a few months to sort out the details of who that may be, we do have top-10 lists from last year (as you can see below).
But let's speculate for the sake of speculation...
Last year Frank Nash ran the fastest 100 by a Colorado boy, but not by much. While Nash did officially run the fastest time, the one thing that seemed to elude him was a state title (he finished fifth at the big show). Like a flash of lightning, when he struck, he struck hard with a Colorado No. 1 10.79. But like lightning, he didn't strike in the same spot again - he only broke 11 twice last year, but to go a step further, like all great sports movies about underdogs winning the big game, you only need to do it once.
While Nash may be the dominating force in races that involve one curve or less, he meets Jalen Lyon at 200 meters. Lyon ran the fastest 200 and 400 of any Coloradan last year. If Nash is a Donovan Bailey, Lyon is a Michael Johnson, just without the custom made gold spikes.
Lyon only won one 200 last year, and his best time (21.66) came after the state championships, clearly he knows what he's capable of now. Additionally, he only ran three 400s, winning two and placing second in the other - the final at the state championships. If there's anything to speculate here, it's that Lyon's talents remain to be fully seen.
Andrada may not be No. 1, or No. 2, in any of these lists - he is No. 3 on two (the 100 and the 200). The age old saying "consistency is key" - is key here. His results are proof of that. While he didn't run the fastest time, he did show up to compete the most - Andrada won 14 of 16 100 meter races he competed in last year. And when he wasn't first, he was second - at his season opener in April, and at the state championships in May. His 200 sheet looks eerily similar, with one blemish - a 14th place finish at state. Surely, Andrada is eyeing a clean sheet this year.