We are the (Aurora) champions…Hinkley’s Angel Heredia

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on Saturday May 21, 2016 at Jeffco Stadium. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Hinkley sophomore Angel Heredia clears a hurdle on his way to winning the Class 5A boys 300 meter hurdles state championship on May 21, 2016, at Jefferson County Stadium. Seeded third coming into state, Heredia ended up winning his first career title by running a time of 37.88 seconds. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | City teams and athletes won a combined four team championships and 12 individual events in the final weeks of the 2016 spring prep sports season. Here’s a look at one of Aurora’s individual state event winners in Hinkley sophomore Angel Heredia, the Class 5A boys 300 meter hurdles state champion:

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Hinkley sophomore Angel Heredia stands atop the medal podium after winning the state championship in the Class 5A boys 300 meter hurdles on May 21, 2016. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
Hinkley sophomore Angel Heredia stands atop the medal podium after winning the state championship in the Class 5A boys 300 meter hurdles on May 21, 2016. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

HINKLEY’S ANGEL HEREDIA: 5A BOYS 300 METER HURDLES STATE CHAMPION

Watching his teammate Darrien Wells win the Class 5A state championship in the 400 meter dash earlier in the day, Hinkley sophomore Angel Heredia was not going to be denied in the finals of his specialty, the 5A boys 300 meter hurdles. Especially determined because he had been interfered with in the prelims of the 100 meter hurdles and missed qualifying for the finals by 0.01 of a second, Heredia put his all into the finals of the 300, an event he said he was coming back “with a vengeance” to get after missing the finals at last season’s state meet. Used to being the frontrunner in most of the races he ran this season, Heredia looked forward to running down some of the top competition in front of him at state. He came into the meet with the third-fastest seed time in the field behind both Jacob Hahn of Fruita Monument and Broomfield’s Jonathan Penrose and dropped the fastest time in Colorado in 2016 regardless of classification of 37.70 in his heat of the prelims (which broke a 31-year-old Hinkley team record), though Hahn topped him in the next heat with a 37.55. Hahn was disqualified in the finals, however, and Rampart’s Tyler Prejean proved to be the best competition for Heredia, who powered across the finish line to win in 37.88 seconds. On top of his championship, the versatile Heredia — who coach Chris Carhart believes will be a decathlete in college because of his all-around abilities — also contributed a ninth-place finish in the long jump and teamed with Wells, senior Sean Carey and fellow sophomore Oscar Sarabia to take eighth in the 4×400 meter relay as the Thunderbirds finished ahead of all of Aurora teams in third place in the 5A boys standings to cap a very memorable season for the program.