Steamboat Springs Remember that 2010 Soroco High School graduate Alex Estes has really focused on track and field for only two years, and it’s pretty easy to see the optimism coming out of Alamosa.
Estes, who won the long jump and was second in the triple jump in the spring at the Colorado High School State Track and Field meet, signed his letter of intent Friday to compete in track and field for Adams State College.
“I went down there for a visit after graduation,” said Estes, who also looked at Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Wyoming. “I really liked the coach, the athletic facilities were super nice, and it just felt good there.”
Estes wasn’t a traditional athlete, at least in today’s landscape. His freshman and sophomore year he competed in four sports: football, basketball, baseball and track.
By the time his junior year hit, he was at a crossroads. He loved baseball, but it was clear that track was his future.
He started to focus more on track and continued to play football and basketball.
Despite really focusing on the long jump for two years and the triple jump this past season, his potential put him on recruiters’ radars.
“I’m excited to see what they can do with him in college,” said Kim Bruner, the Rams’ jumping coach. “I think he has a lot of potential. To be able to train all the time for it — boy, he can do amazing things.”
For some, however, Estes’ athletic abilities were more evident early on.
When the family moved out to the country, Estes’ father, Rodney, knew his son had some special abilities. Alex would always want to race Rodney, no matter what the task of the day was. Rodney originally let Alex win, but that soon changed.
“Then,” Rodney said, “it got to the point where I wasn’t letting him beat me anymore.”
Estes plans to leave for Alamosa at the end of next week. He’ll start training with the team in anticipation of the indoor season beginning in December.
Despite his relatively green past in track, Estes said coaches expect him to help Adams State compete for a national championship next season.
Beyond that, his untapped potential has coaches thinking even bigger.
“The coach down there thinks he can be pretty good,” Soroco head track coach David Bruner said. “He thinks he’s got a chance to be one of the top guys in Division II by the time he’s a junior or senior.”
Estes plans to major in business or human performance and physical education.
For now, the eight-time state track medalist is just happy to have a decision and a future in a sport he’s rapidly learning to love.
“I want to go down there, and I guess my highest goal would be to win the national championship one year,” he said. “I think it’s a big goal but a realistic goal.”
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