Tyrese Vanhorne is no fan of winter. Or snow for that matter.
“The first time I came here it was snowing and I don’t like snow,” Vanhorne said Monday. “It was a hard adjustment because schooling was different, language here was different – we have more accent – it was a lot of adjustment I had to deal with.
Vanhorne came to Colorado from Jamaica, moving with his father, whom he still lives with, and has thrived on the track ever since.
The Harrison junior is the defending 4A champ in the 200-meter dash but came up short in the 400-meter at the 2018 state track meet, all thanks to the cold and snowy weather in Jefferson County, but this year he has new motivation but the same goals.
“My biggest motivation was my mom – she passed away a few months back,” Vanhorne said. “I’m slowly getting back to putting up some of my best times and not let the past get to me. I’m always motivated and me running track will always make her proud, so that’s my goal.”
The eighteen year old junior will graduate early from Harrison and he’d like to go out with a bang before all of that happens.
“So senior year, I have decided to take college classes at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and then in December I’ll be committing to college,” he said. “No one really knows where I’m going, but I know.” (He said with a smile.)
“What happened at state last year, I’m trying to change that and be better than before, so, I’m trying to set up a time, break my records and I’m excited for what’s to come.”