May 18, 2012 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am
LAKEWOOD – Colt Sessions just couldn’t stop jumping.
The Cheyenne Mountain sophomore was bouncing up and down with excitement after winning the 4A high jump state title after a stiff challenge from Widefield star Tony Carodine. Sessions, who has been jumping since seventh grade, was the only jumper to clear 6 feet, 6 inches, with Carodine second at 6-5.
“I am psyched and am just so pumped,” said Sessions, who also plays tennis for the Indians. “I wanted this so bad, and I’m so excited right now. It’s awesome to get (a state title), and hopefully the next few years I can keep going.”
Sessions attempted three jumps Friday at 6-8¼, a height that would have given him the nation’s best jump among sophomores in 2012, but came up short. Mesa Ridge sophomore Matthew Atkins was fifth at 6-3.
Sessions knew Carodine and others would test him in the finals.
“I knew they were going to be out here competing hard, and they’re excellent athletes who are high caliber,” Sessions said. “Competing against them was awesome, and it helped push me. Coming into it, I was unsure about what other people were going to do, but I felt good coming into it.”
The Missouri-bound Carodine wasn’t too disappointed after the runner-up finish, which completed his high school track career.
“I tried to win a third (state title), but I still got second, and I’m pretty happy with that,” said Carodine, who will participate in Widefield’s graduation ceremony Saturday. “This was only the third time I’ve done the high jump this season.”
Carodine did add his second state title in as many days – and third in two years – Friday morning in the long jump after securing a mark of 23-1½, 4½ inches better than second-place Josh Sandin of Mountain View. Along with his 2011 triple jump state crown, the pair of titles from this weekend have secured Carodine’s place as one of Widefield’s most celebrated track athletes.
“Three-time state champion – I’m pretty happy with it,” Carodine said. “Coming in (to the long jump), I was just focused on trying to hit my marks. I just knew the mark I had to get, and I had to surpass it. So, that’s what I pushed for.
“It’s all a blessing. Everything came together, and everything was right. I got it done.”
A trio of other area jumpers made the medal stand in the long jump, with Wasson’s D.J. Hanes finishing seventh (21-6), Falcon’s Brodie Hicks eighth (21-4½) and Sand Creek’s Tony Fuentes ninth (21-3¾).