LAKEWOOD — Joey Roselli could barely lift his left shoulder after having surgery in November to repair a lingering torn labrum. The situation bummed out the Chatfield Senior High senior. His high school track and field career looked to be over before his final season started.
Fast forward six months, and Roselli not only made his lone 5A state track and field championship appearance in the discus, but he placed fifth on May 15 at Jefferson County Stadium with a career-best throw of 148 feet in his final throw.
“It’s nice,” said Roselli, who was shooting for, but just missed, the school record of 150-10. “It’s a little disappointing to come so close and fall a little short, but I’m satisfied with the (personal record).”
Roselli, who will attend Colorado School of Mines in the fall, placed 13th in the shot put with a throw of 47-1. He placed sixth in the event at state in 2013.
Worried that he wouldn’t make it back in time to compete at state, Roselli underwent an intense rehab, which included working with Wake Forest assistant track coach and three-time national decathlon champion Mike Bennett.
“I worked with him a couple of times. He showed me some stuff. It started to click for me just in time for state,” Roselli said.
Things didn’t quite click as well this go-around for Columbine’s Bernard McDondle as they had a year earlier. The defending 5A state champion in the long jump, McDondle jumped 22-1.75 to finish fourth. Ben Morgan of Highlands Ranch won with a preliminary-round jump of 22-8.5, which held up through the finals. McDondle just missed landing a potential winning jump on his final attempt, but, like his three previous leaps, he scratched.
“I felt that I was right there. I looked down, and it looked like I was there, but it wasn’t,” McDondle said. “It was a big jump. It definitely could’ve been a to- two, top-three jump. But when you don’t finish, you don’t finish.”
The season was a tough one for Dakota Ridge junior Nick Cohn as well. The Eagles sprinter was floundering until right before the 5A Jeffco League championships when he stepped up and showed people what he could do. He stepped up even more at state.
The league champion in the 100 meter finished seventh in 11.17 seconds after taking third in his preliminary heat two days earlier. His time was just off his league-winning run of 10.95, but he more than met his goals.
“The goal for the season was to run top three in leagues. Once I got that, it was just a matter of raising the bar,” Cohn said. Teammate Carson Hume placed fifth in the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 20.26 seconds.
The new goal was to be on the podium at state. Mission accomplished. Next year, it just may be winning state.
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