Searching For Mile High Magic: Chasing The 1600 Record

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Six boys will be chasing the 37 year old 1,600 state record next week.

Thirty-seven years is a long time for a record to remain, but as the saying goes, records are meant to be broken.

This year Colorado has seen one of the largest surges of boys chasing the elusive Colorado 1,600 record.

While its debatable what is considered "within striking distance," I count at least six boys who have the record in sight. Four of them are seniors, and two of them are sophomores.

Right there the idea of destiny already rings in the ears - there's no better way to cap a high school career than with a state record, but then what about the sophomores? Clearly, they've got time to their advantage.

It's a record that's eluded many. Being run at altitude provides an additional challenge, but even so, 25 have come within five-seconds since 2000.

Among the those names are boys who became men and went on to become NCAA All-Americans, national champions, and represent the good ol' red, white, and blue in international competition.

Of the 25, six of them will be toeing the line at the state championships this year.

And among the six who have the record just seconds ahead of them, three are in 4A, and three are in 5A, making both 1,600 races at state must-see events.

The six chasers include Cole SproutCruz Culpepper, and James Lee in 4A, and Carter DillonMichael Mooney and Landon Rast in 5A.

4:10.98, or 250.98 seconds, is the record they'll be chasing, and it belongs to Widefield's Rich Martinez.

Only two Colorado records have stood for a longer time - the boy's triple jump, which was set in 1973, and the girl's high jump, which was set in 1978.

While a Colorado record is on the line, so is a state title, and this year winning state could mean claiming the record as well, for a few hours at least... But we'll come back to that.

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