LAKEWOOD — The Hotchkiss High School girls track and field team finished fifth on Saturday in the Class 2A team standings at the state track and field meet with 43 points.
Kaiya Firor accounted for 40 of those points.
The senior sprinter extraordinaire was dominant at her final state competition at Jeffco Stadium, leaving her stamp on the program, and record books, on the way out.
"Kaiya is in a class by herself," said Hotchkiss coach Kelly Cowan. "She has tremendous speed and the sky is the limit for her in college. She's so versatile, and I don't think we've ever had one like her who can do so many different things."
Firor anchored the 800-meter sprint medley relay on Friday, leading the team to a state title with a time of 1 minute, 50.81 seconds. She was just getting warmed up.
Firor ended her decorated high school career with three individual titles, including setting two state records.
She won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.56 seconds at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. Only two hours later she won in the 400-meter dash, setting a 2A record with a time of 55.76 seconds. The cherry on top was another 2A record in the 300 hurdles at 44.06.
"I don't really think about how many titles I've won, I just try to work hard and go out and do my best," the modest Firor said. "Most of the week I wasn't too worried about it — I tried not to think about it because it makes me nervous. I was most nervous for the 400, but when I got on the track I just had to be confident in myself."
Firor walked off the track at 2:17 p.m. after crushing the field in the 300 hurdles. She was smiling, but walked gingerly.
"I have some shin splints, and the 400 always makes my legs cramp really bad, so I was in some pain, but luckily it wasn't until after I was finished," she said. "The pain was worth it."
The four state titles Saturday brought Firor's total to eight for her high school career. She made it a three-peat in both the 400 and the 300 hurdles, as she also swept both in her sophomore and junior years.
Although Firor does her best work on the track, she's no one-sport wonder. She's also the kicker for the football team (88 percent made PAT attempts last season) and plays basketball.
"I've done a little bit of everything in high school, and I'm excited for college," said Firor, who will compete at Western Colorado University this fall. "I'm a little nervous to go to Western because there are some great runners there, but it'll be nice to train with people who can push me."
She may be headed to Gunnison, but Firor will always represent Hotchkiss.
"I love our small-town spirit and competing for this school," she said. "My teammates are my friends and they are always standing at the fence cheering for me and everyone supports each other."
Cowan has been the head coach at Hotchkiss for 26 years, and knows a special talent when he sees it. He's not looking forward to attempting to replace Firor next season.
"You can't fill that kind of a void," he said. "She's such a hard worker and is always in the weight room and it shows because she's so strong. She's a real quiet leader who leads by example. The other girls watch how hard she works and then they see what it has done for her on the track."