Among the metro area’s top male high school athletes, Volcano Vista’s Jericho Cleveland was one of the last to commit to a college.
But on Thursday, the Hawks’ stellar distance runner made a verbal commitment to national power Colorado, and expects to sign his national letter of intent perhaps as early as today.
Cleveland will be one of the featured athletes at this weekend’s Class 6A state meet which begins today at the University of New Mexico. He has had a terrific spring at the 1,600-meter distance, putting up some of the best outdoor times in the country, especially at meets in Arizona and California.
He will run the 1,600 and 3,200 this weekend at state. The 1,600 is today, the 3,200 is Saturday. He also is expected to run the 800 on Saturday and attempt the rare distance triple.
Cleveland also is one of the state’s elite cross country runners.