COLORADO SPRINGS – The Classical Academy senior Alexa Chacon was all set to attend Biola University this fall. She had a T-shirt picked out with the school’s name and logo, and planned on being a contributing member on the track team for the next four years.
Then the Air Force Academy called upon the star athlete. After meeting with Air Force track and field coach Ralph Lindeman in December, Chacon decided to pursue an appointment to the prestigious military academy.
“I have a great feeling this is where the Lord wants me,” said Chacon, who plans to major in behavioral science at the Air Force. “It will be hard going through everything that the Air Force demands, but it will be worth it in the end.”
On April 17, Chacon joined five other TCA student athletes during a signing ceremony at the school. But she did not ink her name to the scholarship offer from AFA that day – choosing instead to make certain that she had received her appointment.
“She’s made it very clear that Air Force is her first choice,” said Chacon’s mother, Frances. “She had always been very serious about Biola, and (Colorado State University) showed a lot of interest in her.”
Chacon’s resume jumps off the page. Her list of athletic accomplishments is equal to none.
She is the most decorated hurdler in Colorado Class 3A history. She is the two-time defending champion in the 300 meter hurdles. She is also the defending state champion in the 100 hurdles. As a freshman she was sixth in the 300 hurdles and ninth in the 100 hurdles.
Chacon is also a sprint and high jump specialist. She iscurrently ranked in the top 10 in both the 200 and high jump.
“I don’t have any doubt that she can compete in the Mountain West Conference; especially as a multi-athlete,” said TCA track coach Tim Daggett. “She’s so coachable and she’ll do what you tell her. Her athleticism is a part of everything she does.”
Chacon’s value to the Air Force increased when she became a force in the heptathlon the last couple of years. The event consist of seven events,
with the first four contested on the first day, and the remaining three on day two: 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 20 meters, long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters.
“Probably her weakest event is the shot put,” Daggett said. “But she’ll improve. She makes up for it because she’s so strong in the other events.” Chacon first competed in the heptathlon at the 2011 Junior Olympics, taking first in Colorado, first regionally and third at the national meet in Topeka, Kansas. In 2012, she placed second in Colorado and second at the regional meet.
“I wasn’t sure how good I’d be at the heptathlon, but I fell in love with it,” said Chacon, who maintains a 3.74 GPA. “I love the aspect of preparing for all the events over a two-day period. You have to conserve your energy.”
Chacon’s athletic talents aren’t restricted to track and field. She was a four-year starter on the school’s volleyball team, as well as an outside hitter and captain last fall.
Chacon has the abilities to compete at a higher classification level in high school, but she concedes that all of the other experiences at TCA have made her time there fulfilling.
“I could not ask for more,” she said. “I love the team aspect coach Daggett asks of us. I love the coaching staff. If I had the opportunity to go to a 5A school I wouldn’t take it.