Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Jequan Hogan, Fountain-Fort Carson track and field

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Photo - Fountain-Fort Carson junior track and field athlete Jequan Hogan is The Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week. He was photographed at the school Monday, April 10, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Fountain-Fort Carson junior track and field athlete Jequan Hogan is The Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week. He was photographed at the school Monday, April 10, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

A year after scoring one point at the state meet for Fountain-Fort Carson, junior jumper and hurdler Jequan Hogan looks to be on a mission to score every single point he can for the Trojans this year.

He's now 10 for 10 in victories through three meets, going 4 for 4 at the Mullen Invitational on Saturday with wins in the 110-meter hurdles along with the triple, high and long jumps.

This breakout season comes as the Trojans look for their next leader with last year's super sprinter, Christian Lyon, now gone.

Hogan said he hopes he can be "that guy" going forward.

"I want to be the guy that my team looks up to for points," he said. "If I can score 40 points at state I think we'll have a good meet."

Currently in the state, Hogan has the top leap in the triple jump and is top five in the 110 hurdles and high jump.

Fountain-Fort Carson junior track and field athlete Jequan Hogan is The Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week. He was photographed at the school Monday, April 10, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

His talent has always been undeniable. Through his first two years on the team, he's qualified for state twice. His best result came last year when he took ninth in high jump and 10th in triple jump - scoring a point for his team.

His monumental rise as a junior, on the other hand, has been something out of the ordinary -- the perfect combination of physical and mental growth, says coach Ben Montoya.

"You wouldn't think he's a junior, he acts more like a senior," Montoya said. "He's very quiet, very reserved, focused, he's not arrogant, not boastful. "He's just a humble kid that wants to do well for himself and I think for our team."

Hogan knew he was on the verge of something special back in the winter during the indoor track season. He said it felt like every meet he was setting a personal record in his events.

The jumper credits the countless hours of work and, of course, his dad.

Over the fall, Hogan said he and his dad went to the Mesa Ridge track, the closest one to their house, every day after school.

It was his father's push that led to a commitment that has never been in question since.

"Sometimes I got home from school and I was tired but he always motivated me to go," Hogan said. "You need that motivation. And actually now, sitting here thinking about it, I'm very thankful that he did that because I wouldn't be where I am without it."

The junior has hopes of gold in the near future. And hopefully more than one.

Jumps coach Harry Knight said he told Hogan early in the season that "there's nothing wrong winning it as a junior and then repeating as a senior."

And apparently, he was listening.

"He wants to be that leader and wants to be that example," Knight said.