EL retires Brooks’ jersey

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AUBURN – Colby Brooks still looks back on his remarkable high school track career with fond memories. Now, he’ll have something tangible to look at whenever he wants to reflect on his time wearing maroon and white.

The former Edward Little track star, who former EL track coach Al Harvie called “the fastest Maine high school boy to ever put on a pair of spikes,” had his jersey retired during halftime of the Lewiston/Edward Little boys’ basketball game Tuesday night. He joins Josh Benson, Kyle Smith and Sam Fletcher as the only EL athletes so honored.

“I’m speechless right now,” Brooks said following the ceremony. “It’s an honor to have this happen.”

Brooks still holds 10 school records and three state records (indoor 55 meter dash, indoor 200, outdoor 100) and earned a combined 31 medals in championship meets in his four-year career. He was the first sprinter from Maine ever to compete in the nationals.

“I do look back on (my career),” he said. “I had a lot of fun during my track career. It’s my most memorable moment in high school.”

Brooks plans on creating a lot more memories in the sport after he goes to California this summer to enroll in Santa Barbara City College.

“I’m going to run track there and hopefully make the Olympic trials. That’s my goal,” he said.

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