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Adams City's Barrera makes good on 2016 track goals

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By Steve Smith

Adams City’s Carlos Barrera didn’t make it to the finals of any running event in the 2015 track season.

Last year, he made it to two. This year, he’s in line to earn a spot in the state 5A track-and-field meet. It starts May 18 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Barrera sits in 20th place among class 5A 200-meter dash participants. His top time is 22.6 seconds. He’s in 24th place for the class 5A 100-meter dash, where his top time is 11.33.

The top 18 make it to state.

Barrera won the 100-meters at the Weld Central Early Season Invite in mid-March. He repeated the effort at the Weld Central Rebel Roundup earlier this month.

“No, I’m not surprised at all,” Barrera said. “My goal this year was to be a competitor in every event and meet I could. I think I’m doing a good job so far. I’m excited to see the progress I’ve mad and can’t wait to see how this season goes.”

Part of the success is the result of his routine during the offseason.

“I stayed running and lifting a lot more to help get stronger to stay in shape,” Barrera said. “When the season came, I was ready and ahead of everyone waiting for the season to come around and start training.

Barrera’s sister helped him get started in track and field. She’s helping some, but not as much.

“Being experienced, I kept to myself. She’s now in college,” Barrera said. “I mainly got advice from all my coaches. It’s been very useful to help improve myself.”

Barrera spent the fall months playing for the Eagles’ football team. He said that helped him for track season, too.

“Playing football helps me with my mental toughness,” Barrera said. “It keeps me going in those moments where I’m too tired or something hurts. I can keep going because football ended a couple of months before track season started. It keeps my mindset and my body in great condition.”

Barrera’s goals for the balance of the season are pretty simple. He wants to get into the state track meet in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

“We have more numbers than last year’s team. We have a good 20 or 30 on the team, and having more kids makes our practices more competitive. And it makes meets feel like another practice,” Barrera said. “It’s definitely helped me improve my times.”

Barrera wants to continue in both football and track in college.

“Doing both is something I’ve had in mind,” he said. “As for now, I’m just waiting to see the offers I get and, hopefully, see what’s the best plan.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.