With high school track season right
around the corner participation at the final few indoor meets have seen
increased participation. Last week at the Kadet Fieldhouse nearly 1000
athletes shook off the winter rust in hopes of starting the spring season off
on a positive note. The same logic would follow suit just over Monarch pass at
the Western State High School Indoor Open, as participation in the meet doubled
since the meet began last winter to commemorate the Mountaineers new indoor
The athletes who made the trip over
the pass were thoroughly rewarded as competition from all over the state poured
into Gunnison and left some blistering times in their wake.
a slight delay before the hurdles, Zoe Gilbertson started her morning off by
torching the field in the 60m hurdle prelim and finals to the tune of 8.53 and
a national #9 ranking. Her brother, Max Gilbertson, had much stiffer competition
as he squared off head-to-head with Palisade's Jay Shuman, in what we can only
assume will be a tight race all season for the crown of Colorado's top hurdler.
The race won't be a two horse show if Alex Miller and a few other hurdlers have
anything to say about it. In the end Shuman ended up taking home the victory in
this round with a fast 8.10, but with 90+ days until state I am sure that we
will see that lead change once or twice.
indoor steeplechase is an event that is not run very often, but make sure to
watch when it is to see how distance runners turn into hurdlers overnight. In
this years edition, Greta Van Calcar made the trip south to take on Broomfield's
Katelyn Mitchem and several other challengers from the Front Range.
led for the majority of the race until Van Calcar made her move in the final
lap. Van Calcar might have become a little gun shy during the race as she fell
twice over the barriers yet still found the resilience to claw back into the
race for the title. In the end, Mitchem's steady pace and technique gave her the
lead at the line stopping the clock at 6:03.54, out leaning Van Calcar's
On the boys side Liam Cox lead wire-to-wire finishing in 5:10.68.
girls 60m dash final was quite the race as Gilbertson dueled with Elizabeth's
Tegan Alexander and Palmer Ridge's Megan Harvey. The trio finished nearly
shoulder to shoulder as Alexander took home the crown in 7.73 just .01 in front
of Gilbertson and .09 in front of Harvey.
The race was just as tight on the
boys side as Broomfield's Jordan Xiong squared off against Lutheran's Chris
Youngs. Xiong won the preliminary round, but both came out firing on all
cylinders with Youngs taking home the crown to the tune of 6.73 which currently
places him as the second fastest 60m runner in the country. Xiong was not far
behind stopping the clock at 6.79 and taking home the #7 ranking in the
country. Colorado currently is home to three of the fastest 60m runners in the
country with Javan Lanier coming in tied for 8th. The only other
state with as many top ten 60m sprinters on the boys side is North Carolina.
girls 800m did not disappoint as Air Academy's Lilliana Hamilton dueled
Salida's Taryn Ceglowski to the finish. In the end it all came down to a lean
with Ceglowski getting the advantage in this round in 2:26.65. Hamilton came in
at a very close second at 2:26.81. On the boys side Palmer Ridge's Andrew
Lester went all out to bring Colorado it's first sub 2:00 800 of the season. At
the end of the race Lester narrowly missed his goal stopping the clock at
2:00.11. With times like that at 7,700 feet of elevation around eight turns one
can only imagine what they have in store for the spring up on Monument Hill.
brought home another title in the girls 200m at 26.29, while Xiong dropped his
season best and Colorado #4 time of 22.42. Paxton Smith battled the elevation
in the 3200 and finished at 10:21.83.
the field events Cedaredge's Kenzie Henderson appears to be in midseason form
jumping 16-9.25 and 5-1 to win both events. Henderson and Paonia's Brianna
Van Vleet appear as if the competiton never ended, picking things up right
where they left off last season. The 2A jumps could be an area that could
create a lot of buzz this season. Breaking up the two was Palmer Ridge new
comer Caroline Giusti who popped a 16-6.5 on her final attempt in the
competition. Giusti added nearly six inches to her jump from last week and
could mix things up come May to score the Bears some points. Salida's Gallian
Roberts found new lengths in the long jump pit as he added nearly a foot to his
previous best mark claiming the boys title with a jump of 21-4.25. Parker
Joens of Platte Valley had another successful week tossing the shot over 50 feet
for the second week in a row. Emily Clawson of Paonia would not let Joens have
all of the fun, as she easily won the women's shot title with a toss of 35-2.
the dust cleared at the Mountaineer Field House new records were set,
nationally ranked marks were tallied, and most everyone was satisfied with the
results. If this meet has shown us anything it is that outdoor track season
will start with a bang, and it is going to be a big one.
Meet Results and Photos