CANONSBURG, Pa. — As many of us are coming off our Olympic highs, a local teenager is just getting started at his Olympic dreams.
Colton Dean just won two gold medals for his 13 to 14 age group at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship in Jacksonville last month. One was in the pentathlon and the other was for the 100-meter hurdles.
“They finished right beside me and I couldn’t tell if I won,” said Colton. “When I realized I won and I was freaking out!”
And so were his parents and teammates. They couldn’t contain their excitement!
“He’s obviously a talented kid and he works very, very hard. And to see the fruits of his labor was really awesome,” said Colton’s mom, Jillian Dean.
She and her husband, Jerry, have two reasons to be proud: Colton’s twin sister, Bryce, made it to the nationals too. Their family credits the Stallions Track Club.
“They push us so much and if it weren’t for them I guarantee I wouldn’t have won anything,” said Colton.
“You want to win for them,” said 14-year-old Bryce. “For me, one of my main things is I wanted to make them proud.”
The Stallions started as a community outreach program 18 years ago and it has grown to include coaching kids 6 to 18 years old, in 14 school districts in Western Pennsylvania.
Co-Head Coach and Director Terry Fisher admits his runners are among the elite.
But he says “we don’t want anyone not be able to compete in track and field because of resources or for whatever reason. So come out and enjoy and we’ll figure it out from a financial side of it.”
As for Colton, who also won a bronze in the 200-meter hurdles, he has his sights on the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. He’d like to compete in the decathlon.
“That’s pretty much the biggest goal of mine and that really motivated me to do my best,” said Colton.
“He’s got a shot! If you’re winning nationals at 14. He continues to grow, get better,” said Coach Fisher.
Both Colton and Bryce plan on running track for Canon Mac as freshmen this upcoming school year.