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Sprinter wins 200, is second in 400 at Spartan Invite
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Hannah Carr, TCA: discus
Katie Tapia, Cripple Creek-Victor: long jump
Fountain-Fort Carson’s girls’ track team has seen quite a turnaround in 2012, and one of the main reasons behind that is sprinter Chelsie Horton.
The senior, who will run on scholarship for Missouri State next year, is part of a group that has rebounded from not scoring a point at the state meet in 2011.
“We had a really young team last year and the girls are really developing and they want it this year,” said Horton, who has been one of the leaders of the squad. “I’m excited to see what is going to happen the next two weeks with this team.”
The Trojans took the team title Saturday at the Spartan Invite at Garry Berry with 89 points, 13 better than host Doherty. Horton won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.47 seconds and placed second in the 400, just .03 seconds behind Littleton’s Grace Brittan.
“I got out kind of slow, slower than I usually do in the 400, and I had to play catch-up and it was too late,” said Horton, who is ranked second in the state in the 400 and in the top 15 in the 200. “I pushed hard but just didn’t get it today. But Grace is a great athlete and I’ll see her at state.”
Keith Smith, the sprinters coach for the Trojans, has been impressed with the skill set Horton has displayed.
“Chelsie can run the 100, 200, 400 and I think she’s really unlimited as to what she can do on the track,” Smith said. “She also makes our relays very good, so we’ll have to have a discussion before state as to which events she’ll do. But it’s a good problem to have.”