Adamson – the last Tiger standing
FARMER’S KORNER – Tiger Stadium seemed like an awfully large place for Brittany Adamson on Wednesday. The Summit High School freshman sat stretching, preparing for her daily workout, a lone figure on the SHS track.
Track and field practice at Summit is normally a frenzy of dozens of athletes working on everything from shot put to distance running. But Adamson is the last one standing for the Tigers, a state qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles.
“It’s a little weird that I have to come out here and do everything by myself and that I don’t have a bunch of other team members to practice with and to just kinda hang around with out here,” Adamson said.
With no distractions this week, Adamson is free to focus on nothing but the hurdles and Friday’s preliminary heat, which goes off at 10:30 a.m. during the first day of the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The top nine advance to Saturday’s finals.
Reaching the state championships as a freshman – which, no matter what happens at state, was Adamson’s goal for the season – caps a memorable first year in Summit County for Adamson.
She moved from Greenwood Village in September with her parents, Gary and Leigh. The couple became volunteer coaches with the track team – Gary took a paid position as sprint/hurdle coach but donated his salary back to the team. There were only small reservations about being an official coach for her daughter’s team.
“We both had to talk about it,” Gary Adamson recalled, “and Brittany was the one who encouraged me to apply for it. She thought it would be a good thing for us to share.
“I think we’re accustomed to the idea that when we’re out there at practice, she’s a kid on the track team and is treated like the other kids.”
Brittany Adamson’s entourage for the weekend meet will be her coaches/parents, Gary and Leigh, as well as SHS head coach Sandy Padjen. Field coach Rob Royer hopes to make the trip for Saturday’s action, and several of Adamson’s Tiger teammates have discussed going down on Saturday to cheer on their lone representative.
But even if Adamson doesn’t make Saturday’s finals, the team will be well served by observing the best runners, jumpers and throwers in the state. The Class 5A meet will be going on simultaneously.
It won’t be a normal meet for Adamson, who has experimented with the triple jump and relay running this season. On Friday, she can focus on just one race, which should be an advantage.
“I’m glad it’s only one race I have to really concentrate for,” she said. “I can just work on hurdles and know that that’s the only thing I really need to worry about. I think that’s definitely going to help.”
But Adamson is, after all, a freshman. Her goal was to make it to this point. Anything more – an appearance in finals, a podium finish – would be icing.
“Being in state as a freshman is a big accomplishment as it is,” Gary Adamson said. “If she can run another personal best (her fastest time of the year, a 17.4 last weekend at regionals, earned her a spot at state), it will be quite a topper to a great year. It will let her see what it will take in future years to become a state champion, which is a goal of hers.”
Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at email@example.com.
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