The Air Force Holiday Open is not a high school meet. But, high schoolers have been coming to this meet for years to get some early indoor season work in.
And, despite the meet options at Colorado School of Mines the last two weeks, high school participation at the Air Force Holiday Open held steady this year. A nice group of athletes from up and down the Front Range converged on the Cadet Field House for some early meet action.
The highlight reel goes something like this, starting with the boys:
- Devin Cadena runs 6.98 for 60 meters
- Anthony Bellot turns in a 35.98 for 300 meters
- Mason Anthony leaps 20-10.5 in the long jump
- Nick Shampoe rolls out a 2:49.93 for 1000 meters
On the girls side, you could find a few more gems:
- In order, Dawnielle Lewis, Emily Sloan, Taylor Watson, Maya Evans, Mia Manson, and Abigail Tamminga all (well) under 8 seconds for 60 meters.
- Anna Hall with a 41.01 300.
- Emily Sloan at 8.48 and Jaiden Paris at 8.63 for the 60H
- Anna Hall at 5-8.75 and Riley Masten at 5-5 for the high jump
- Mia Manson at 12-5.5 in the pole vault
- Maya Evans at 19-0.75 and Sydnee Larkin at 18-5 in the long jump
- Sydnee Larkin at 41-6 in the triple jump
Several of these marks rank as at or near national leading indoor marks. To be seeing these kind of marks in early December is astounding. For now, the indoor season comes to a halt until January 7. Figure it picks up with a vengeance then, however, and watch as Colorado produces several more nationally noteworthy marks.
After the full set of indoor marks come in from across the nation this weekend, we'll take a look at which Colorado athletes hold down national top-20 kind of marks. Look for those articles early next week.