A rare May snowstorm is forcing student athletes from across Colorado to adjust to a new schedule, including the valedictorian at Highland High School in Ault.
The first two days of the typically three-day state track and field championships have been postponed, with all events moved to Saturday and Sunday, when conditions are forecast to be mild and sunny.
However, Sunday is also when Highland High School scheduled its graduation ceremony, where senior Katie Pettit had planned to deliver a commencement speech to the Class of 2017.
“The decision between track or graduation, it’s been hard on me,” said Pettit, who has decided to compete at state in the 4 x 400 relay. Her school currently ranks first in that event among Colorado’s 2A schools. “I’m the only senior on the 4 x 400, so it’s the last time I’ll be able to run with them.”
Pettit says she doesn’t want to let her teammates down.
Pettit expects to miss her graduation ceremony, though school administrators are trying to organize an alternative.
Pettit says after graduation she plans to attend Aims Community College, before transferring to the University of Northern Colorado, where she hopes to earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education.