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Grand Valley’s Cowan hurdles his way to second

Jeff Caspersen
jcaspersen@postindependent.com
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGrand Valley senior Colton Cowan, left, speeds down the stretch in the 3A 110-meter high hurdles final at the state track and field meet in Lakewood on Friday. Cowan finished second to Strasburg's Kameron Weber, right, by a fraction of a second in a photo finish.
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LAKEWOOD, Colorado ” Both Grand Valley’s Colton Cowan and Strasburg’s Kameron Weber left the track wondering if they were state champions.

Barreling toward the finish line in Friday’s Class 3A boys 110-meter hurdles final at the state track and field meet in Lakewood, the two crossed the finish line pretty much simultaneously.

A photo snapped off by the finish-line camera said otherwise, though, eventually settling the mystery. Weber nipped Cowan by a hundredth of a second.



“I knew we were just next to each other,” said a disappointed Cowan after taking part in one of the day’s most exciting finals. “I thought he might have had me on his lean. I was reaching.”

Weber’s time: 15.01 seconds. Cowan’s: 15.02.



Cowan was actually told by one official that he had won, making news that he finished second all the more bitter a pill to swallow.

“The guy told me I won at the finish line,” the senior said. “I was like, ‘sweet.’ And then it changed.”

Weber, also a senior, said the late surge Cowan used to pull even came out of nowhere.

“It was pretty even and then I pulled ahead,” he recalled. “And then he came out of nowhere. I was like, ‘Where’s this guy coming from?’ It was a photo finish.”

Weber said that, while waiting to hear the results, he was ready to accept whatever fate he was dealt.

“I was happy with what I did, with what I accomplished,” he said. “I wanted first, of course.”

Cowan has one event remaining at state. He’ll participate in today’s long jump final.

Two other Grand Valley hurdlers, Jared Tonder and Erin Vanderpool, kept busy on Friday too.

Vanderpool placed ninth in the girls 100 hurdles (17.11) and advanced to the 300 hurdles finals with a 49.31 preliminary run. Tonder took ninth in his 300 preliminary (41.77).

Coal Ridge’s Chelyn McCain scored the Titans’ top 2009 state finish so far, zipping to fourth in Friday’s 3A girls 100 hurdles (16.11).

She also set herself up nicely for the 300 hurdles final by taking second (46.69) in her preliminary.

Coal Ridge’s boys 4×200 relay team took sixth overall (1:32.54) and its girls 800 sprint medley relay eighth (1:56.95) in Friday finals. DaNivin Murphy placed 17th in the 800 final (2:04.03).

Bradey Gasaway punched his ticket to the boys 300 hurdles final, recording the eight-fastest prelim time (41.51).

Roaring Fork’s Jon Araujo endured his second day of Mason Finley Madness in the 3A boys shot put on Friday.

With huge crowds gathering to watch the Buena Vista star chase a state record, Araujo toiled in the shadows and finished 11th, topping out at 40 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

Finley wound up getting his state record with a heave of 67-10 1/4.

Also in action for the Rams were triple jumper Tyler Thompson, who won a state title with a leap of 46-9 1/4 (see page 1), and Bryan Salinas, whose 40.84 clocking in the 300 hurdles prelims landed him the third seed entering today’s final.


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