Moffat County High School results from Friday’s 4A state track and field championships in Lakewood
(Name — Place — Time)
Alfredo Lebron — 1 — 1:55.01
Rene Molina — 16 — 2:05.41
MCHS — 13 — 3:27.90
— Lebron will compete today in the team’s final event, the 1600-meter run
The sound of clapping after a race is a welcome one for a first-place runner as he winds down, drinks some water, thinks about what he just accomplished and accepts congratulations.
On the other hand, hearing people clapping before the race is over can be downright terrifying for someone who’s nearest the finish line because it means an opponent is making a move to come up from behind and take his victory.
That was the situation Alfredo Lebron found himself in Friday, but the drive to win took over and propelled the Moffat County High School senior to claim what he’s wanted all season.
Lebron won the 800-meter run at the 4A state track and field championships in Lakewood, marking the second state title for the MCHS varsity track team in 2012.
The victory follows another first-place win in Thursday’s 4-by-800-meter relay, which Lebron shares with fellow seniors Johnny Landa, Rene Molina and Miguel Molina.
“It’s just exceptional to get two titles in two days,” Coach Todd Trapp said. “You can’t ask for much more than that because it doesn’t happen very often.”
Lebron said his positioning at the beginning of the race was crucial as competitors jostled each other to get to the front. Lebron stayed back in the middle of the track most of the event.
He slowly began to take the lead and was nearing the final stretch when he heard applause and screaming from spectators.
“You hear all the cheering and it tells you that someone is right beyond you so you get a little paranoid,” he said. “I’m not one to look back when I hear all that. I just do what I can do.”
Broomfield senior Joe Mitchem charged forward from back in the pack, determined to win. With a final burst of speed to beat out the challenger, Lebron barely took first.
His time — 1:55.01 to Mitchem’s 1:55.05.
Rene Molina was the only other MCHS runner in the 800, placing 16th and notching a 2:05.41.
“He really went out and went after it,” Trapp said. “That last part got pretty tough for him, but he still had a pretty exceptional year.”
Later in the day, Lebron, Landa, Miguel Molina and junior Erik Silva-Tarango took 13th in the 4-by-400-meter relay with a 3:27.90.
“We ran a little bit slower than we had at the league meet, but we missed out on qualifying for those finals by eight-tenths of a second,” Trapp said. “There have still been so many positives for this year, though.”
The MCHS team has one final event to finish at state today, as Lebron competes in the 1600-meter run. Though he would like to hit the trifecta, he is unsure another win is likely.
“The guys in front will be a little fresher than me, not that I’m necessarily worried about that,” he said. “There’s a lot more sprinting in the 800 compared to the mile. It’s still pretty quick, but it’s more like falling into a pace and you stick it the whole time.”
Lebron said he is very proud of what he and his teammates have done at state.
“I feel like I’ve done something both for myself and for our school,” he said. “It’s one of those things when I’m older, I’ll always have to remember.”
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