LAKEWOOD - Class 3A track and field teams across Colorado can breathe a little easier now. At next year's state meet, they won't have to worry about The Classical Academy anymore.
The Titans ended quite a run, literally, Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium by winning both boys' and girls' titles in convincing fashion.
"We've been talking about finishing strong, both in the classroom and on the track," TCA coach Tim Daggett said. "That was our motto this year."
The Titans did just that. The girls won their eighth 3A crown in nine years with a 28.5-point triumph, while the boys hoisted the first-place trophy for the fifth time in six years after pulling away from Coal Ridge by a 103-90 score.
TCA's enrollment this academic year surpassed the threshold for a 3A school, so the Titans will move up to 4A for the next two-year cycle, and perhaps beyond.
With one last shot at defending her double state championship in the shot put and discus, Titans senior Hannah Carr perhaps drew inspiration from hurdler Alexa Chacon, who accomplished the feat last year in the 110- and 300-meter races to leave on top.
Carr did the same, highlighted by a 3A state-meet record in the discus, a mark that had stood since 1998.
"With what Alexa did last year, I was almost scared I wouldn't be able to defend both titles, especially in my senior year," Carr said. "I just tried to prepare like this was just a normal meet. I got a lot of strength from my family and my team."
The Titans also got a title defense from Nick DeRay in the 400, and the junior later won the 200. Senior Jonathan Roy repeated as champion in the 300 hurdles, Andrea Willis set a 3A meet record in the girls' pole vault, just to name a few of TCA's highlights during the three-day meet.