Mountain Air Magic At The Western State HS Open


Write this name down: Gavin Sawchuk.

The Valor Christian freshman hasn't competed in one CHSAA track season yet, but he's already made a name for himself on the track. 

A week ago he dropped a state-leading 21.99 in the 200 at Air Force HS Open, prompting nearly everyone to check how to pronounce his last name. And this week he proved it was no fluke, as he ran up and away with victories in the 60 and the 200. 

Sawchuk kicked things off by going 6.94 in the prelims of the 60, which was a personal best that lasted only another hour. 

In the finals Sawchuk ran 6.89 for the fourth fastest time in the state. His time also ranks him 27th in the country, and No. 1 among freshmen. 

Claiming the runner-up spot was teammate Korey Hairston, who ran 7.07.

The trio of Sawchuk, Hairston, and Langston Williams made for an insanely competitive 200, but Sawchuk was clearly the sprinter of the meet. He ran away with a 22.42 win, ahead of Williams, who finished second in 22.56.

Williams didn't leave Gunnison without a win, however. The Eaglecrest sophomore claimed the 400 with ease. 

Likewise, the 60 hurdle was all Jared Atkin. The Moffat County senior was a runaway winner in 8.54.