Severy runs a fast 3,200; takes 2nd |

Severy runs a fast 3,200; takes 2nd

Todd Hartley

Aspen High School senior Jon Severy wrapped up an outstanding spring track season last weekend with a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run at the Great Southwest Invitational track meet in Phoenix, Ariz.

Running in 93-degree heat at 10 p.m., Severy, the Colorado 3A champion for the last two years in the 3,200 meters, led the race for most of the way but was passed down the stretch by Golden Harper of Utah. The AHS senior stayed with Harper to the finish, but came up just .3 seconds short of the gold. Harper won the event in 9:11.7, while Severy crossed the line in 9:12.0.

“He chewed me up at the last second,” said Severy. “But I’m still psyched because of the time.”

The 9:12 finish was a new personal record for Severy and shaved 11 seconds off the Colorado state mark he set just a few weeks ago at the BYU Invitational in Utah. The Phoenix time, however, will not count as a new state record because it was run after the high school season and at sea level.

In the only prior head-to-head meeting between Severy and Harper, at the BYU Invitational, the Utah star fell hard and finished 10 seconds off the pace, giving Severy a skewed estimation of his opponent.

“I didn’t know he was nearly as good as he is,” said Severy, who has run as fast as 9:10 in the 3,200. “He had an unbelievable kick. That’s the fastest last lap I’ve ever run.”

The field at the meet included athletes from across the Southwest and the Rocky Mountain states and was, according to Severy, “the fastest field I’ve raced” in the 3,200.

With his remarkable prep career over, Severy said he is now going to take the next couple of weeks off and then see how his college coaches (he’s headed for the University of Colorado in the fall) want him to train. He will begin cross-country practices in Boulder in mid-August.

“I’m really looking forward to that,” said Severy. “But they have a stacked team. I’ll have to work my butt off to make varsity.”

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