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LAKEWOOD — Normally, Chris Erwin of Frederick wears a wrist watch to pace himself when he races.
That wasn’t the case May 16 at the state 4A track-and-field meet.
Without the timepiece, Erwin set a personal best time in the 3,200-meter run of 9:56.15. He finished 11th.
“It was a great race,” he said. “I was just going with the pack. They really pushed me along. It took something out of me, but it made me feel like I could hold it a little longer than I could than from races from before.”
Erwin trimmed more than two minutes off his seeding time to qualify for the state meet. He finished the first mile of the race “five or six seconds faster than it would have been normally, so that took something out of me.”
Even so, he saw an advantage to his race, too.
“It was nice being in a race where all these guys are right there with you. That was pretty cool,” Erwin said. “In most races, it spreads out quickly. You’re in your own island pretty quickly. This was good. There were guys all around me. All in all, it was pretty good.”
Erwin signed to run track and cross country at the Colorado School of Mines in the fall. He said the state-level race should help him when he gets to college.
“I think so. I think it’s going to be a pretty common thing next year, that’s for sure,” Erwin said.