The Steinhauer Field House played host another stellar field of athletes at the Colorado Mines High School Indoor Series meet No. 4 Thursday night.
Sydnee Larkin hurled herself through the air. Her arms flailed as she swung her legs forward in front of a eager crowd that lined the railing next to the runway. In a flash of a second Larkin landed in the sand, sending an explosion of tiny grains out in front of her.
The crowd cheered as she sat up and walked from the sand pit, eyeing the edges of where she landed, waiting for a result. When the board flashed 19-04.5 she let out a slight smile. The mark moved her to the No. 2 jump in the state, signaling a big comeback after enduring injury last year.
Larkin's mark was just one of many stellar results that took place inside the Steinhauer Field House for the Colorado Mines High School Indoor Series meet No. 4.
Girls Tally Top Marks
Anna Hall took the win in the 60 hurdles by the slimmest of margins. Hall just missed her personal best, running 6.98 to Kylie Davis's 8.99. Dawnielle Lewis made winning look easy in the 60, running 7.82.
Madison Mooney crosses the finish line with an empty straightaway behind her.
Future Wisconsin Badger Madison Mooney ran away with the victory in the 800 in a state-leading 2:17, then came back for the double to win the 400 in 1:00.56 -- the No. 7 time in the state.
Once again the field events were the highlight of the meet.
Sydnee Larkin dominated the long jump with a mark of 19-04.5 -- just a few inches behind state-leader Maya Evan. Larkin's jump is currently No. 5 in the country. Behind her, a wave of jumpers -- five to be exact -- surpassed the 17-foot mark. Anna Hall went 17-10.7 for second, while Abigail Tamminga went 17-08.25 for third.
The pole vault was a chess-match of the state best. Mia Manson returned but was joined on top of the hypothetical podium by Hayley Rayburn, as both girls went 12-6. Abigail Gray capped off the top three with a mark of 12-0.
The triple jump was another area that saw some of the state's best tally results that hurled them into national rankings.
Sydnee Larkin, who is already the No. 1 triple jumper in the state, and No. 2 in the country, claimed the event in a dominating 41-02.50. Larkin lead Chian DeLoach and Mariela Hollines over 37-feet, as DeLoach finished second in 37-01.5 while Hollines was third in 37-0.25.
Boys Go Big Once Again
For the boys 60-meter hurdle state leader Zion Gordon did what he does best: win. Gordan dominated the 60 in 8.11. The time is only second to his own 8.02 which he ran last week. Cameron Harris took second in 8.35.
Meanwhile, in the open 60 Luke Arkell took the win in 7.13 for the No. 6 time in the state.
The 800 was a kickers affair, as Dillon Andrews and Jack Weis ran in a virtual lock until the final lap where Andrews was able to inch away for a 2:04 to 2:05 win.
The boys 3,000 was led by Ryan Lehmuth, who ran a state-leading 9:39. Lehmuth used a late charge to run away from Justin McDaniel and Brock Helvey who both ran 9:49.
Dawson Spann led four over 20 feet in the long jump. Spann took the win in 20-09.25. Mikey Sanchez was a close second in 20-07.25, while Fischer James Argosino and Tim Schwantes both tallied 20-05.5.
The pole vault remained The Max Manson show, as the junior dominated the event with a 16-0 victory - one inch off his personal best set last week. Justin Sandberg took second in 15-0.
The shot put was once again dominated by state-leader Reece Davidson. Davidson claimed the win in 50-07, just off his personal best. Additionally, James Heater stepped into the conversation of state's best in the shot put. Heater's mark of 49-01 is No. 3 in the state.
Capping off the impressive results coming from the field, Michael Hanna jumped (twice) for a mark of 44-05.05 to win the triple jump. The mark is No. 2 in the state. Not far behind was Fischer James Argosino, who jumped 42-06 -- the No. 5 mark in the state.