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April 12, 2011 7:21 am

Sullivan signs with Wyoming

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Powell High School senior Kyle Sullivan will continue his stellar track career at the University of Wyoming in the fall. The Cowboys made official Sullivan’s decision last Thursday.

“It feels good knowing I’ll be wearing brown and gold next year,” Sullivan said of his choice.

And the two-time Wyoming 3A outdoor high jump champion had quite a choice. Wyoming was one of three Mountain West Conference schools attemping to woo him to campus for the next four years. Air Force and Colorado State were also interested, as was Utah State out of the Western Athletic Conference.

“Wyoming made a good offer and it just felt like the right place,” said Sullivan, whose older brother Patrick attends the school. “It will be nice to have someone to drive down there with and not have to go by myself.”

“We are very excited to have Kyle stay in the state and become a Cowboy,” said Wyoming assistant coach Quincy Howe. “He has had an excellent high school career. He has shown a lot of versatility during his high school career, including duty at the 300-meter hurdles as well as the 4x400 relay. He is a strong, big athlete and we project him to be a key contributor in the heptathlon and decathlon, as well as the high jump and hurdles.”

The decathlon? Local fans accustomed to Sullivan’s state-leading performances in the high jump and hurdles races might raise their eyebrows at the thought of the senior competing in an event that would see him running 1,500 meters, throwing a discus or shot put and soaring over the bar in the pole vault in track’s premiere event.

“Well, I threw the discus as a seventh grader,” Sullivan notes of the extra events he’ll be required to learn in order to compete as a college decathlete.

Sullivan’s plan right now is to finish his senior season of high school track. Once the season is over, he’ll gradually add the new events into his repertoire.

“Once I get done with my senior year, I’ll start to learn the technique for the events I haven’t done,” Sullivan said. “That way it won’t all be completely new to me when I get down there in Laramie.”

During an illustrious high school career, Sullivan has captured a pair of state outdoor track titles in the high jump and will look to defend that title again this spring. He holds a career-best mark of 6-6 in the event. Sullivan has run on a pair of state championship 4x400 relay teams and finished as the state runner-up last season in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles.

He holds career-best marks of 14.65 seconds in the 110-meter event and 39.25 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles.

In indoor track, Sullivan is a two-time champion in the high jump. He also captured the state title in the 55-meter hurdles this past winter, overpowering the field with a winning time of 7.67 seconds.

He is a three-time top-six finisher at the national Simplot games hosted annually at Idaho State University. He holds seven career medals from that prestigious meet, half of the 14 total medals earned by Powell High School athletes.

“Kyle is a welcome addition to the Cowboy stable,” said Howe.

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