Steamboat Springs It would be tough to find the best athlete in the Streeter family.
But that's what happens when you have 12 All-American selections and three college national championships.
Mike Streeter, a 1975 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, and his two sons, Jake and Josh, each have significant credentials to their name.
Mike won state championships in the 180-yard low hurdles and 120 high hurdles in 1974 as a junior in Steamboat. He was also a two-time All-American at Adams State College in Alamosa in the 800-meter run and finished as national runner-up one year in the indoor championships.
Jake was a three time All-American at Adams and was part of the national championship team that won the distance medley at the 2006 indoor championships. Josh was a seven-time All-American at Adams, won a national championship in the distance medley at the 2007 indoor games and just concluded his spring with a national championship in the outdoor 400 hurdles.
So who is the best Streeter athlete?
"Training was different than when I ran," Mike said. "It would have been a good race between the three of us in the 400. We're all different. Josh is tall and lean. He's like 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds. Jake and I are like 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. We're all different runners, but it would have been interesting. I think I'm a little meaner with more of a competitive temper than they have."
"We've been asked that several times," Josh said. "I guess it depends on whether we're running on cinder or a dirt track like my dad did. Or if it was at one of the state-of-the-art facilities my brother and I got to run on. I think I'm giving a non-answer on that. I don't want to make anyone mad."
Mike was also on the Steamboat track team that won a team state championship in 1975, the first title for legendary coach Kelly Meek.
"No doubt about it," Meek said about Mike Streeter's drive. "He didn't like anything to do with second place."
Meek said Mike was an instrumental part of building the track team in Steamboat. He said Mike's sophomore class helped put the Sailors on the map.
"Their junior year, we won league title, and they set the tone for a good track program we had for 12 years," said Meek, who was familiar with Jake and Josh from attending camps at Adams State.
Mike said when he was an athlete at Steamboat Springs, competing in track provided interesting predicaments.
Without a track, and having to battle the weather as a hurdler, Mike said he trained inside the school, running down the hallways.
"I ran 40 yards worth of hurdles and stopped before I ran into the wall," Mike said. "We ran in tennis shoes. I never had any idea I could win a state championship. We never talked about me being able to win a state championship. All we worked on was technique and training."
In the 120 high hurdles, Mike just edged a runner from Rangely before winning by a larger margin in the 180 low hurdles.
Josh and Jake went to high school in Alamosa and were standouts in track. Jake studied teaching, while Josh studied teaching and theatre at Adams State College.