LAKEWOOD — Coming up a little lame on Friday didn’t cause Windsor senior Brandon King to have a lame performance during the Class 4A Track & Field Championships.
Despite injuring his left hamstring in the first of three jumps of the long jump finals at Jefferson County Stadium, King managed a fifth-place finish (21 feet, 0.25 inches) to earn a spot on the championship podium.
King said the hamstring felt a bit uncomfortable while preparing for the finals.
“During run-throughs, it just kind of started to hurt,” he said. “I knew that I was going to get tired. So, I just thought I was going to go for one more jump, because I knew the last two weren’t going to be any good. I just put everything I had into it and slammed my foot into the ground, and it was a little too much.”
He gutted out the final two jumps of the finals, scratching on his second jump to rest for his third jump, in which he struggled.
King was tended to, in obvious pain, after his first jump before finishing the event.
Sand Creek senior Michael DeCarmo won the long jump title with a distance of 22’ 1.25.”
“I think I could have done better, but that’s life,” said King, who will study at Colorado State University next school year. “I’m alright with it. It’s not what I wanted, but it’s not the worst.”
On Thursday, King placed eighth in triple jump (43’ 9.25”).
He helped Windsor (nine points) to a 28th-place finish in the boys team standings. Palmer Ridge took the team title with a score of 103.
The Wizards’ girls (two points) tied for 43rd, with Niwot (66) topping the standings.
Even though King had to literally limp through his final event, the multi-sport athlete said the last effort of his high school sports career was one he can be proud of.
“I went out with a bang,” King said with a laugh. “It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was alright.”