Recent Widefield High School graduate and standout track & field athlete Boris Berian has signed a national letter of intent to continue his educational and running career at Adams State College, Grizzly Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Damon Martin, announced Thursday.
Berian won both the 400 and 800-meter titles at each of the last two (2010 & 2011) 4A State Championships and set new state championship records in both events last year. Those times of 46.93 and 1:52.18 were also personal bests.
Berian also helped his Gladiator team to the 4X400-meter relay title as well in 2011 as they finished third in the overall meet standings.
In the process, Berian was named as the Denver Post's Athlete of the Year in 2011. He was also named as the Gladiator's Cross Country Team MVP in the fall of 2010.
We are very excited to have Boris join our program. Boris is a hard-working talented young man that has had great success the past two years. His High School coaches rave about his willingness to be a team player. It is not often you find an athlete at the high school level that has his combination of speed and strength. I look forward to working with Boris and having him as an integral part of our future," Martin said.
Martin noted that although Berian will primarily be a 400 and 800-meter runner for the Grizzlies, he does plan to have him train with the 3-time defending NCAA Division II National Championship cross country team as well. The Grizzly track & field team finished second at this past year's NCAA Division II National Outdoor Championships and won the national title at the 2010 indoor championships.
Berian is the son of Larry and Silvia Berian and is undecided upon the major he will pursue at Adams State.