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The 2018 Colorado state track and field meet featured a little bit of everything for recent Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Jalen Lyon – everything but disappointment. Lyon won gold in all four events he entered and led the Trojans to a third state title in his four years with the program, earning Gazette Preps boys’ track and field Peak Performer of the Year. “It was crazy to process at first, but then once I processed it all after state, I was a little emotional because it was my last ride in high school, but I was excited,” Lyon said. “It was amazing.” Lyon's wins at Jefferson County stadium included individual and relay wins, dramatic finishes and foregone conclusions.

Winning three of the last four Class 5A state championships didn’t change Fountain-Fort Carson track and field coach Ben Montoya’s pre-season talk heading into the 2018 season. The goal, when attainable, for the talent-rich Trojans is to finish in the top three of the state’s largest classification, but how they do that matters, too. “I think I say close to the same thing every year,” the Trojan coach said. “I want them just to be humble when they do win. “ The Trojans’ experienced crop of talent in 2018 tested Montoya’s ability to remain modest. “I don’t like to say it out loud to anybody ever,” Montoya said.

FIRST TEAM 100M dash: Deondre Ritter, Fountain-Fort Carson, Sr. – The senior ran a 10.71-second race at state to finish .01 off a Class 5A gold medal in the event. Ritter, who’s headed to University of Northern Colorado, closed the meet by helping the Trojans take gold in the 4x400 relay and the team title. His personal best in the 100 is 10.64, according to his milesplit place. 200M dash: Tyrese Van Horne, Harrison, So. – Despite his disdain for the cold, the sophomore sprinter took Class 4A gold with a 21.63 in the 200 and also qualified in the 100 and 400, placing ninth and fifth, respectively. He swept the Class 4A sprints at the Colorado Springs Metro League meet.