Meeker freshman adds track title to wrestling crown

Meeker’s Trenton Shelton sprints to the finish line Saturday to win the 100-meter dash in 11.27 seconds.

LAKEWOOD — After a freshman year highlighted by state titles in both track and field and wrestling, what kind of encore is Trenton Shelton plotting?

“Win more,” he said with a smile.

The Meeker High School youngster capped a fine first year of high school with a win in Saturday’s Class 2A 100-meter dash final at the State Track and Field Championships. He went on to add a runner-up finish in the 200.

After legging out the 100 in 11.27 seconds, he climbed atop the podium set up on the Jefferson County Stadium infield as chants of “He’s a freshman” emanated from the bleachers in the distance.

Back in February, the sturdily built Shelton won a Class 2A state wrestling title at 160 pounds. He also played running back and linebacker for the Cowboys in football and is a veritable sports junkie.

“That’s all I do,” said Shelton, who said wrestling is his favorite sport to participate in, and football is his favorite to watch.

On Saturday, all eyes were on him. He came into Saturday’s 100 as the No. 1 seed, but being favored didn’t bother him.

“I just go out there and run,” he said. “I knew it was going to be tight.”

He held off Tullef Budlong of Lyons, who finished in 11.35.

That fraction of a second was enough for a second state title, which was every bit as special as the one he landed in wrestling just a few months ago.

“It’s just as good,” he said. “Every state championship is just as good.”


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