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Denver's Arria Minor Has a Chance to be the Best Female Sprinter Colorado’s Ever Seen

By Kyle Newman/Denver Post on May 22, 2017 track & field/cross country article Print

From the Denver Post.


In nearly half a century of coaching high school track and field in Colorado, Mullen’s John Hancock has seen plenty of talented female sprinters.

None, however, may be as good as Denver East’s Arria Minor, who burst onto the scene at Hancock’s own event, the 2016 Mullen Invitational. It was there, in Minor’s first varsity meet, that the phenom posted the nation’s best times for a freshman in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.

Minor had arrived, and the host coach — as well as everyone in attendance that day — knew it.

“From that first meet, you could tell she has a great speed element and a high (maximal oxygen consumption),” Hancock said. “You can improve on speed endurance, but you can’t improve on (maximal oxygen consumption), just like you can’t improve upon fast-twitch muscle fiber, which defines good sprinters from great sprinters. She has both of those.”

The 5-foot-8 Minor went on to establish herself as the state’s fastest girl a year ago when she won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter Class 5A titles.

This season, Minor swept the Class 5A sprinting events for a second straight year, with Sunday’s wins in the 100- (11.53) and 400-meter (53.30), adding to a win in the 200 on Saturday to give Minor six individual titles in her young prep career.

“Yesterday, I was really dehydrated and a little dizzy, but I made sure to take care of myself last night and into today,” Minor said after her final race. “The winning is nice, but as usual, I’m just focused on my own progress.”

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