LAKEWOOD — The Special Olympics and Paralympics have been an integral part of Colorado’s high school athletics championships for more than a decade now.
Once again in 2022, the number of events and the number of rounds in those events continued to increase, with champions crowned in six different events.
“It was pretty cool,” said Lucas Resch of Sterling, who won the Paralympic/Special Olympics mixed discus and finished second in the shot put. “I was quite confident and did a PR with 32 (feet), so that was pretty cool.”
Fairview’s Eddie Sciacca won the Special Olympics 100 meter mixed race in 13.28 seconds and also won the 200 meter race with a time of 27.73 seconds. In the mixed Paralympic/Special Olympics long jump, James Krat of Longmont won with a mark of 15 feet.
In the mixed Paralympic 100m race, Tate Shults of Simla won with a time of 16.21 seconds.
In the mixed Paralympic/Special Olympics shot put, Trey Corbitt of Erie shot 33 feet to win. With a throw of 76-foot-3, Resch won gold in the mixed Paralympic discus/Special Olympics event.
“It’s been an exciting two days watching our Paralympic and Special Olympics athletes compete in the 100-metre, 200-metre, long jump, shot put and discus throw,” CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Jenn Roberts-Uhlig said Friday. . “It’s amazing to see the level of support from every athlete. The future of our athletes in this sport is very promising. Their faces showed it. I look forward to the participation of more unified athletes in the years to come.