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Coach Faust: Running A Legacy

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  On the last day of the 2023 State Track and Field Championships, the Cherokee Trail Boys track team was the clear favorite. To ensure bringing the first-place trophy home, the 4×1 team had a job to do. If the four-by-one team fell behind Erie in this race, the Cougars could lose the state championship. As each team comes around the last curve of the race, the Cougars pull away, and it is clear that Coach John Faust is going to take home his 5th state championship in 20 years. The athletes and coaches on this championship team accredited this win to the hard work and dedication put into the last track season,

  “I’m really happy for everybody that’s involved. It’s such a process that it’s just awesome to see it come to fruition,” said Faust. Although Faust is no stranger to winning, winning on the biggest stage means a little bit more. “When it finally happens and you win, it’s just the best feeling and to see the kids celebrating, and coaches celebrating and know how much goes into it. It makes it worth it.”

  Faust started coaching in 2001 and has built a perennial powerhouse in the track and cross-country programs that now dominate Colorado athletics. “I’m pretty passionate about it. I’m a track nerd. I think about this stuff all the time. I’ve already written up lineups for the upcoming track season of who’s going to be doing what and what our goals are,” said Faust. His athletes describe him as a hands-on teacher and mentor. He really listens to us, and that might not be what all people need, but it’s definitely what makes us successful for sure,” senior sprinter Kahari Wilbon said. 

  Faust’s success this past season has earned him the honor of being named Colorado’s Boys Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track And Field and Cross Country Association). This was his second honor by the USTFCCCA. He received his first in 2018 on the girls’ side after leading them to a Track State Championship. When asked about what this award meant to him, Faust said, “It was a big deal, but not because of me. It was a big deal because of how many people reached out to congratulate me, and how excited it seemed to make a lot of people. Winning that award is an indication of how we are doing things right, and how hard our kids and coaches are working.”  For Faust, the award is more of a reminder of where hard work and consistency can get you, and possibly an extra push to keep doing what works this cross-country season, and this upcoming track season.

   Faust was named Boys Coach of the Year back in July, and since then it’s been nothing but usual business for him. “We’re focused…we’ve won league championship four straight years, trying to win a fifth straight one in cross country, and then find ways to get those senior guys on college teams next year,” said Faust.  

  Even with so much success, Faust and his team still find a way to not be satisfied and continue to make strides to better themselves. One can only imagine how much pressure and noise surrounds you when you’re the head of two powerhouse programs, but Faust doesn’t let any of that affect his coaching, or shake his focus. “You have trust to do the job the way you know you should do it. You can’t let other people dictate how you coach how you interact with people,” said Faust. 

  With the same goals in mind, Faust wants to challenge the track team to shoot for more than just being state champions again, “Let’s not be state champions. Let’s be the best boys’ team in the History of Colorado. Let’s go qualify for every event. Let’s put somebody on the podium in every event and score in every event.” Faust said. There is still a lot of time before the season, but Faust and Cougar Nation are excited to watch it play out.

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Jack Sieve
Jack Sieve, Staff Reporter
Jack Jeffery Sieve was born in Scottsdale, Arizona. After 3 short years he would move to the place he grew up, Kansas City, Kansas. After excelling through elementary and middle school through the gifted and talented programs, Jack would continue his growth in a new place close to family and friends, Aurora, Colorado. He would continue to excel through his academics, earning a spot on the honor roll each semester from 7th to 11th grade.    Jack has developed himself as a student athlete alongside his academics. He has earned varsity letters 3 years in a row in both football and track and field. Football was Jack’s first passion, stemming from his early beginnings when he was 8 years old. Many other sports, including baseball and basketball, as well as swimming, have become the highlights of Jack’s young athletic career.   Reaching out from his typical activities, Jack has decided to join the 2023-2024 digital media team to pursue his passions in journalism.
Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith, Staff Reporter
Jaden Thomas Smith was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He grew up with his older sister, and brother, and has always loved spending time with them.  He moved to Aurora when he was 4 years old, to start school in CCSD.    Jaden has played sports for as long as he can remember, He started off playing basketball at three, and started playing flag football when he was five  years old, and hasn’t stopped since.  In his time at CT he has become a two year letter winner in both football, and track, placing 2nd in triple jump at the league meet  last year.   Although Jadens’ school life is dominated by sports, he still has found a way to excel academically throughout high school.  Since his freshman year he has maintained a 3.6 weighted GPA, and received 4 department awards from his teachers for his positive attitude, and hard work in the classroom.   In his senior year he has decided to try something new, and join the digital media team, to showcase his creativity, and help tell all the great stories at Cherokee Trail.

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