Aspen High’s Tierney Sutton signs to run in college |

Aspen High’s Tierney Sutton signs to run in college

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School's Tierney Sutton signs with Southwestern College of Winfield, Kansas, during a recent visit to the school. She is joined by her parents, Melissa and Jordan Sutton along with Southwestern head track coach Mike Kirkland and assistant Tobias Boese.
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Aspen High School’s Tierney Sutton will keep on running.

The AHS senior signed her national letter of intent to run for Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

She will run track and cross country at the NAIA school.

“It seems like a great fit; I felt so welcome there,” Sutton said after her visit to the college campus. She attended a practice session and met other members of the Southwestern Track team.

She said she’s excited to run cross country and track in college.

Sutton said her passion for running started in the sixth grade.

“My sister … asked me to join the track team,” she said. “And I went. It was super fun.”

It helped, she said, that she is competitive with older sister Riley.

Then, once she was in high school, Tierney Sutton said Chris Keleher, the AHS cross country coach, was the guiding light in her running career.

“He was always very motivating,” she said. “It made it super fun.”

She said the coaches at Southwestern had contacted her earlier in high school because of her times in her races.

“They kept in contact; and they still wanted me,” Tierney Sutton said, adding that she knows she’ll have to up her mileage as she heads into the college cross country season.

Tierney Sutton, scheduled to graduate from AHS on Saturday, is the daughter of Melissa and Jordan Sutton.

This week, Southwestern College is participating in the NAIA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Southwestern girls track team has won 16 consecutive conference titles.

The men’s team has won 22 in a row for the track powerhouse located south of Wichita.

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