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Darwin Horan-The Denver Post-Sturms Sisters Fueling Lutheran

Darwin Horan Sturms sisters fueling Lutheran's track team as state approaches

PARKER — The development was neither surprising nor shocking in an era when many private high schools have shut down or been relocated from Denver to the suburbs. Denver Lutheran High School, long a fixture on the southwest side of the city, shut down after the 2010-11 academic year, and some of its students moved to the newer Lutheran High Parker.

The consolidation of the two Colorado Lutheran High School Association schools was traumatic for some, but one benefit was the strengthening of athletic programs. That will be evident at the state track and field championships Thursday through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

The Lutheran Lions will be among the team favorites in Class 2A girls and are expected to get major contributions from star sprinter Kendall Horan and at least one relay team joining her with three sisters — senior Taylor Sturms, junior Jordyn Sturms and freshman Chandler Sturms.

Individually, Horan has the top 2A times in the state in the 100 and 200 meters, and is second in the 400. Taylor Sturms ranks second in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

The sisters don't look like triplets, and, in fact, it wouldn't be surprising if spectators assume Horan is one of the three sisters on the relay team. Taylor and Chandler Sturms look much alike, with darker hair than their blond and taller middle sister, Jordyn.

Three sisters on a relay team at state is attention-getting, but there's more to the story. This isn't just multiple sisters; it's multiple generations. Denver Lutheran was a tradition in the Sturms family, and the two older sisters started out at the Denver campus before making the switch to Parker last fall.

"It was really sad because we were the third generation there," Taylor Sturms said. "My grandparents were in one of the first graduating classes there, and then my parents and all their brothers and sisters went there. But I've learned t

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