David Ramsey: Pine Creek's Todd Miller and Widefield's Boris Berian soared in 2016

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Todd Miller says he's not going anywhere, which is good news if you're associated with Pine Creek's football program and bad news for everyone else in 4A.

Boris Berian believes he will travel to a fresh destination. He wants to rule the 800 at the 2020 Olympics. Don't bet against the Widefield High grad, who has stunned the track world with his transformation from McDonald's employee to world-class athlete.

Here's a look at the best of 2016:

Coach of the year: Todd Miller, Pine Creek

As the 2016 season began, Miller and his Pine Creek Eagles looked as if they were done as a dominating program. The Eagles had lost three of four games. The Eagles were trailing Vista Ridge as halftime.

Then the team awakened and stampeded to its third state title in four seasons. Miller, a tough guy from Evansville, Ind., has led the Eagles to a 50-4 record since 2013.

He's not universally beloved. Trust me on that one. Highly critical messages often arrive in my e-mail box. These critics fail to appreciate how Miller utilizes Colorado's open-enrollment policy to his, and Pine Creek's, benefit.

But Miller has earned his titles. He understands the essence of football. It's violent. It's unsavory. It can plunge its athletes into danger. The Eagles play with a fierce, unapologetic swagger.

More importantly, the Eagles play together. Miller has a gift for tuning his defense into a snarling, dangerous unit that soars above its collective talent. The Eagle defense plays at an elite level, even when it lacks elite parts.

Miller is obsessed with his program. He fusses over every detail, even washing the team's uniforms. He doesn't trust mothers and fathers to take proper care of the laundry.

This obsession has been divisive.

It's also been highly successful.

Sorry, Pine Creek critics, but the Eagles should rule 4A again next season. Running back David Moore III led Pine Creek to the title this season.

He's a 15-year-old freshman with three more years of sprinting past local defenders.

Athlete of the Year: Boris Berian

In the summer of 2014, Berian looked ready to kick away all of his potential. He was working the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift at the McDonald's inside the Wal-Mart on 8th Street. He slept on a friend's couch. He ran to work, partially to stay in shape, but mostly because he didn't have a car.

In the summer of 2016, Berian competed in the 800 finals at the Rio Olympics. He moved to California in 2015, where he worked under the direction of coach Carlos Handler. Together, Handler and Berian rescued a track career.

"I'm a contender, you know," Berian told me in Brazil.

Yes, he is. A contender for everything that's possible in track.

Berian faltered in the Rio finals, finishing eighth, but, remember, he turned 24 on Dec. 19. His best days should be ahead.

"I'm young," Berian said a few minutes after leaving the track in Rio. "I got plenty of time. I got some fight. I'm not going to give up that easy."

I watched Berian's final high school 800 race, a duel in 2011 against his archrival, and close friend, Nolan Mayhew of Cheyenne Mountain.

The 800 is cruel race, a demanding blend of sprinting and distance running, but Berian often makes the race look easy. As he headed to the stretch in 2011, Berian ran with a slight smile on his face.

He could be smiling in Tokyo in 2020 as the Olympic champ.