McKinney Signs with Grizzlies

Malik McKinney edges away from the field in the 4A 100 meters this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.


Three-time Colorado state champion sprinter McKinney signs with Grizzlies
ASC adds back-to-back 4A 100 meter state champ, state meet record holder

ALAMOSA, Colo. - After successfully defending his Colorado 4A state title in the 100 meters and claiming the crown in the 200 meters this spring, Mullen High School standout sprinter Malik McKinney has signed a National Letter of Intent to become a Grizzly, ASC Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Damon Martin announced Friday.

McKinney, who just started running track as a junior at Mullen in 2010, won the 4A 100 meter dash title with a time of 10.86 seconds. This spring, McKinney one-upped himself, defending his title in a new 4A state meet record time of 10.52 second, 1/100th under the prior state meet record set in 2000. His time was good for a win by 23/100ths of a second.

He also improved upon his runner-up finish in the 200 meter dash as a junior to win the crown in 2011 with a time of 21.59 seconds, nearly 4/10ths of a second ahead of his nearest competition in the final.

"I'm really excited that Malik will be joining the program," said Martin. "He's been one of the best sprinters in the state of Colorado for the last two years with state championships in both the 100 and 200 meters, and he comes into our program with excellent credentials.

"(Malik) will be adding to the well-roundedness of our men's program, and I expect that he'll prove to be a force in both the RMAC and the NCAA Division II."

McKinney will work with ASC sprints, jumps and multi-events coach Brandon Campbell.

The son of Mervin McKinney and Stephanie Willies, Malik is currently undecided upon a major.

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