The Classical Academy's Tanner Norman sets 3A state meet record in 3,200 meters

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Photo - TCA's Tanner Norman (left) was happy about winning the 3200 Meter Run 3A, but was even happier that his brother, freshman Mason Norman (right), took fifth place. Canaan Lamberth (center) finished in fourth place to put all three on the podium. The finals of Colorado state track were held at Jeffco Stadium on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
TCA's Tanner Norman (left) was happy about winning the 3200 Meter Run 3A, but was even happier that his brother, freshman Mason Norman (right), took fifth place. Canaan Lamberth (center) finished in fourth place to put all three on the podium. The finals of Colorado state track were held at Jeffco Stadium on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

LAKEWOOD - Tanner Norman didn't pump his fists or extend his arms after breaking a meet record in the 3,200 meters Saturday.

The Classical Academy senior was too anxious to see how his younger brother was coming along behind him.

Norman finished in 9 minutes and 14.45 seconds, upending a 16-year-old 3A meet record at the first day of the state track and field meet.

Immediately after crossing the line, a subdued Norman quickly turned frantic as he scanned the track. He finally showed excitement as his teammates Canaan Lamberth (9:44.99) and Mason Norman (9:45.86) finished fourth and fifth.

"To turn around and see them in fourth and fifth, that was really cool," Norman said. "It was special to see those guys there."

Norman is having a year like none other on the Colorado distance scene.

He won the 3A cross country title in the fall with the fastest time of any other classification champ. Then two weeks ago, he ran the state's fastest-ever 3,200 at the Pueblo Twilight meet at Dutch Clark Stadium (9:04.97).

Another record-breaking performance came on a sunny day at Jeffco Stadium.

"He has just absolutely done everything a distance runner can do to make himself better," TCA distance coach Alan Versaw said. "On top of all that he's been really great with his teammates."

Norman led from the start and finished 14 seconds better than the field. To the applause of the crowd, he sped down the backstretch and beat the previous 3A state record held by Bret Schoolmeester of Denver Christian in 2001 (9:18.38).

The victory was Norman's first state title in track.

"It was definitely nice to get that first one on the track," said Norman, who took second in the 4A 1,600 and 3,200 last year. "It was on the back of my mind a little bit."

The peak of one high school career came as another looked to be only getting started for the Normans.

After the race, Tanner was quick to point out that his younger brother had just beaten his freshman state time by 17 seconds.

"The goal all year was to get up on the podium with Mason," he said. "He's been working hard, is putting in the miles and doing all the right things. So it was definitely cool to see him do that. He's got a long way to go, too. He's got a lot of growing left to do."

Younger brother soaked in the moment.

"Coming down the backstretch I could hear (the speaker) talking about the state meet record and heard he got it," Mason said. "That was kind of cool and it was also motivational to keep going in the race."

Tanner will have a chance to add another gold in the 1,600 on Sunday. His seed time of 4:17.99 is more than six seconds faster than the second-fastest time.