Jordyn Colter commits to run for University of California, Berkeley

Jordyn Colter commits to run for University of California, Berkeley


Jordyn Colter commits to run for University of California, Berkeley


Photo courtesy of Jordyn Colter

KUSA – Cherry Creek senior cross country and track & field superstar Jordyn Colter announced she verbally committed to run for the University of California, Berkeley.  The 5-foot-4, 105-pound, five-time individual running state champion said Cal just “felt like home.”  And in a way, it kind of already was home.

“California is amazing, and my aunt actually lives twenty minutes from Berkeley.  So it will be great to have family close!” Colter said.

Colter also said she got along with the Cal coaches and other girls on the team extremely well.  “All the girls were really easy to talk to and connect with.  [Cal] Coaches Sandoval, Houlihan and Davis were also so great.  The way they train their athletes and philosophy is really smart, and I can totally see myself succeeding there.” Colter said.

Colter mentioned she also visited Iowa State, University of Washington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and looked at UCLA.  “I did have other offers, which was really hard because I liked other places! There was just something about the coaches and about Cal that was so special, and there wasn’t anything else out there like it!” Colter explained.

The 3.7 GPA student said it wasn’t just about the running either.  “Cal has so much to offer – not just athletically, but academically as well, and I love that I can focus heavily on school while also working hard in running,” Colter said.  “Cal was overall the perfect place for me, and it was everything I was looking for in a school.”

Her biggest accomplishments during her four years at Cherry Creek High School include winning state cross country as a freshman in 2011, winning Gatorade Runner of the Year in 2012 and winning the track & field 800m and 1600m events in both 2013 and 2014.

Aside from five individual state titles, Colter also won a state track & field title with her team for the first time in Creek history: the 4 x 800 relay in 2012.

But wait, there’s more: “I meant to add this, but one of my biggest accomplishments is holding the record at Liberty Bell!”  This remarkable young runner has much to be proud of already, but the beautiful part about her career is she still has so much ahead of her to conquer – both athletically and academically.

Colter said she is officially signing on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 – and she can’t wait.  “It’s such a relief to have decided,” Colter said.  “I have already ordered a bunch of gear off the website!”

Photo courtesy of Jordyn Colter



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