LAKEWOOD — Considering that Prairie View’s RJ Ramirez rolled his ankle this spring and had to spend time on the sidelines, getting to the state 5A track meet in the 100-meter dash is an accomplishment.
But after the preliminary heat of the event at Jeffco Stadium May 15, Ramirez wasn’t pleased at all.
“It was a terrible run,” he said. “The start was great. I came out in second. Then they started pulling away from me. They had that third gear. I had to stay relaxed, which I did. I don’t know. It wasn’t my day I guess.”
Ramirez’ time was 11.29 seconds, good for 16th place.
“I placed last year as a sophomore,” he said. “The injury in the midseason, I think, might have done it. The week before my injury, I ran a 10.9 (at the Mullen Runners Roost meet in late April). I came out of my injury 2 ½, three weeks later, and it was like an 11.15, and I’ve been sitting there. It pulled me back. It was hard.”
Ramirez went into the state meet as the seventh-fastest 100-meter runner in class 5A. But after his preliminary heat, he knew he was in trouble.
“That won’t to do it,” Ramirez said. “This is the faster heat coming up.”
Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.