Soaring to new heights will have to wait a week for Colt Sessions.
Two weeks ago, the Cheyenne Mountain sophomore cleared 6 feet, 7 inches in the high jump, the best mark in Class 4A this season and just an inch short of the best mark regardless of classification. He had hoped to improve upon that Friday at the Colorado Springs Metro league Championships.
While he won the event in a tiebreaker over Vista Ridge's D.J. Green, his winning height of 6-2 left him decidedly underwhelmed.
“It wasn't my best day,” he said. “You have some good days and some bad days. I'm going to shake it off and hopefully next week goes well.”
He refused to blame the wet, windy conditions as a Colorado spring storm rolled into the area. Those conditions certainly didn't impact Rampart's Ryan Cook, who soared to a victory with a jump of 6-10 to match his 5A state-championship height of last year.
“It doesn't factor into it too much unless you really let it,” Sessions said. “It can mess with your mind but you just go out and go hard and make sure you don't pay attention to it and you'll be fine.”
His coach, Stan Lambros, wasn't surprised by Session's outlook.
“He's got a good spirit; he's a fun-loving kind of kid,” Lambros said. “He works hard – a really coachable kind of kid.”
Sessions' final two attempts at 6-3 were the nearest of near misses. On the first, he clipped the bar with his heel and on the second, grazed it with his shoulder on the way up.
The 6-foot-4 Sessions, who is on a competitive snowboarding team in the winter and plays for Cheyenne Mountain's tennis team in the fall, said that his spring avocation is among his favorites.
“I love track. I play some other sports but this one's up there,” he said. “High jump is definitely up there on my favorite things to do. I like talking with people while you just sit down and wait.”
And when he's not sitting and talking, he flies. As a freshman he took fifth at state and will be looking to improve upon that this year.
“He did 6-4 last year in the high jump and was a big factor in our team title last year,” Lambros said.
He'll be a big factor this time around as well.