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Brown-eyed Girl Brings Blackhurst to Rye
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T.J. Blackhurst(far left) and one of his cross country teams quit running long enough for a photo. Blackhurst and his girls' team will travel to state this week.
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Colorado born, Alaska raised, T.J. Blackhurst showed up at Adams State College in his sophomore year to run cross country and track. As a freshman he had participated in both at Linfield College in Oregon and answered the call to Adams State. That year Adams State won one of their 10 men’s national cross country championships (they have also won 15 women’s national cross country championships) and Blackhurst couldn’t make the grade.

But all was not lost. Blackhurst did meet a brown-eyed, coed sophomore at Adams State who helped him get over the pain of not making the national champion cross country team. Sara Espinoza and he were later married, and have been so for over 23 years. Sara also influenced Blackhurst’s career path.

“My parents were teachers,” he shared. “They were wonderful parents but like a lot of kids the only thing I was sure of was I wasn’t going to be a teacher. Sara was a year younger than I was, though, so I hung around college for an extra year and in order to stay busy went ahead and took my teaching block. Now I’ve been teaching for 20 years.”

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