Published: April 14, 2014
Colt Sessions was in a celebratory mood after the Mullen Runner's Roost Invitational, and who could blame him?
The Cheyenne Mountain senior had just won the high jump, long jump and triple jump at one of the bigger track and field meets. Afterward, it was International House of Pancakes time.
"The team went to IHOP and I ordered probably the unhealthiest thing on the menu, the 'Cinna Stack,'" Sessions said. "It was awful for my body, but I enjoyed it and I was in celebration mode."
Sessions surely earned his unhealthy spoils after dominating all three of his events against some of the best competition in the state. In the high jump - his best event - Sessions broke his 4A state record with a jump of 7 feet, surpassing his old mark of 6-11.
He ended up as the meet's male field event athlete of the day. His winning distance in the long jump was 21-2? and he took the triple jump with a distance of 45-4.
"I was hopeful to win all three before the meet, and was thinking it would be cool, but knew it would be hard to do," Sessions said of his hat trick. "It all came together on the right day and I jumped incredibly well. Looking back at it, I still don't know how it happened."
Sessions has always been an elite high jumper. He will attend Duke this fall to high jump for the Blue Devils, while also majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in business.
The long and triple jumps came along as a way Sessions could further challenge himself and his athletic ability. He says it was also a way to try to contribute more points to his team.
"If I asked him to run a 400-meter dash, he would do it for the team," Cheyenne Mountain coach Stan Lambros said. "Colt works very hard and he has pretty explosive jumping power. He's done a lot of work on his upper-body strength this year and is always in the weight room."
Sessions has been working with Cheyenne Mountain jumping coach D.J. Russel, and the training regimen is certainly working. Sessions attempted a jump of 7-2 on his last attempt at Mullen, and just missed. Had he been successful, it would've been the top prep mark in the United States for this season.
"Only three other kids in the country have jumped higher than him in the high jump this year, and you would never know just by talking to him," Lambros said. "He is such a humble kid and a great teammate, in addition to having a high GPA in the classroom."
Sessions has won the past two high jump state championships, and is the favorite to win a third next month. But he says the success has bred some expectations he's put on himself.
"When you have something to lose it makes the anxiety level much higher, but it was a big relief to have a jump this good early in the season," Sessions said. "There are some really talented guys who are nipping at my heels. I hope that I can make 7-2, which was my goal to start the season."