Jul 20, 2011 12:46 AM by Stephanie Collins

Local athlete's legacy lives on, two years after his death

Two years ago today, a local star athlete was involved in a deadly accident. At just 19 years old, David Mueller was killed riding in a car with his roommate, who was drunk behind the wheel.

Even after his death, David is still inspiring other young athletes. Members of Speed Track and Field, the club team he spent his summers with, have dedicated their season to him. While none of the athletes had a chance to meet David, his former coach has made sure that his legacy lives on, "When I think about David and what he brought, David was a champion's champion. Without a doubt a coach's dream, based on his work ethic and positive attitude," says coach Charmas Lee.

He tells all his athletes about David, from the records he broke at both Coronado High School and The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, to the type of person he was.

David's mom, also remembering her son on the anniversary of his death, "David was 100,000% into track, he trained seven days a week, it was his life to be the best he could be, every single day," says Sand Eversole.

She adds that she's honored that her son has left a mark on these young athletes, "Means the world to us that Speed Track and Field would keep David's legacy alive."

Eleven athletes from David's former team, Speed Track and Field, will head to nationals next week in Kansas.

The driver the night David died was his roommate, Dylan Salazar. He was sentenced last February; he pled guilty to vehicular homicide. He is now serving a four year sentence in the state's youth offender prison; he'll also serve a 12 year suspended sentence.


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