Walton receives nationwide track-and-field honor

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:33 PM
Josh Walton proudly displays the state championship trophy for boys track and field at the 2018 state meet in Denver.
Josh Walton, left, at the Colorado Cross-Country Championship in last fall Colorado Springs, with Sloan Mazur, the only BHS state qualifier in 2017, and program alumni Brandon Stuever and Jackson Sibley.

Just as it seems the 2017-18 athletic year at Bayfield High still hasn't ended, neither has the celebrating.

On Monday, July 9, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association announced its state-by-state High School Track & Field Coach-of-the-Year Award recipients, with BHS' Josh Walton named Colorado's best on the boys' side.

"I feel like it's an award that goes to our whole Bayfield coaching staff because all six.that we had on staff.did a fantastic job of working together and bringing the boys-and the girls-up to their top performances when they needed to," Walton said. "It's a tremendous honor."

The USTFCCCA press release also named Aurora Cherokee Trail's Chris Faust the top girls' coach, with selection criteria for all winners including team standing at the State Championships (and margin of victory) and number of individual State Champions.

"They all performed at their best levels when we went to State," Walton said, also acknowledging the coaches who'd instructed him as a young athlete, and those he'd worked under prior to arriving in Wolverine Country, "and that's what they needed to do in order to win the title!"

Team performance compared to previous years was another determining factor, which made considering Walton relatively easy in the wake of the 3A Wolverines earning the school's first-ever team title by a 79.5 to 73 margin over The Classical Academy of Colorado Springs. CTHS clipped Denver East 85-84 for the 5A girls' crown.