At least the highlights of the highlights are captured in the article linked below, with a nifty little assist from Ashley Green's camera. Otherwise, suffice it to say, this meet was its usual over-the-top self.
The CSML kept most of Colorado Springs busy Friday and Saturday, but wind and heat--a common refrain around the state--kept a lot of marks in check.
As a testament to how tough distance qualifying has been this year, Layla Almasri's 5:16.57 didn't make the cut for the 4A Girls 1600. Life is hard in the fast lane. Harrison's boys will be sending a couple stellar relays to trouble the 4A Boys ranks at state. Jequan Hogan added a 6-9 high jump to his season resume. Aaron McCoy ran 38.76 in the 300 hurdles despite a square hit on the next-to-last hurdle.
And, in a race that was probably as much for fun as anything, longer types Max Martinez and Tanner Norman went at it in the 800. Both were solidly under two minutes with Martinez taking the win. Longer races await both in the near future.
Anna Hall's 42.87 would get notice just about anywhere, but in 4A Girls that just became a prohibitive state favorite mark. Wesley Tedstrom, who got a bit of a slow start on the season, wasn't anything like slow at this one. Look for him at State with the preferred seed in the 3A Boys 100 and the #2 seed in the 200. Chase Dornbusch lived a charmed life over the last week, getting the #18 seed in both the 5A Boys 1600 and 3200. Here's hoping he has something left for this week.
Emily Sloan is very definitely back in the driver's seat of the hurdles events around the state. And if you've thought of her as strictly a 100 hurdler, you need to expand your horizons of thought just a bit. A 41.83 will do that to you. Tanner Riker at 24.93 in the 200 gives Rock Canyon another mark to feel great about heading into State. Mountain Vista at 9:10.72 in the 4x800 puts an all-class record in jeopardy. Too bad they don't get to line up against Peak to Peak at State....
Mountain Vista's boys 4x800 didn't do too badly either, at just a fraction over 7:50. Do you suppose Mountain Vista and Monarch go after each other at State in this event? An old Smoky Hill record could be on the line if they do.
The nice thing about the Luc Andrada/Frank Nash showdown here over the weekend is that the same showdown should be continued at State. Make sure you're not in the line at concessions (or the restroom) when it happens. Alamosa's Caleb Berlinger made a massive 10-second leap to work his way into the 3A Boys 1600. The rest of the Alamosa milers were not as fortunate. Jacob Yates became the lone 2A boy under 40 seconds in the 300 hurdles. Jack Bowker came out of nowhere to lay down a 2A Boys top qualifier in the 800 meters. How many of you can say you ran a 1:59.16 in your first high school 800? I'm not seeing anyone raising his hand here...
Girls highlights were fewer and farther between, but Hannah Meek does now have a shiny new 35-2 PR in the triple jump and Shaelyn Walton did just make it into the top 18 of the 2A Girls 400. The event wouldn't have been the same without her this year.
Does this meet become the new rival to the St. Vrain? It wasn't at all a bad start for doubling down on the same date as the St. Vrain.
Tarynn's Sieg's 46-1 sets a new shot put standard for the season and fires a serious shot over the bow of this week's 3A Girls shot put. I'm guessing, but I don't know, that Lauren Gale anchored that Discovery Canyon SMR8. If so, that puts her up to the 100, 400, and SMR8 at State.
Allam Bushara of Fort Collins at 47-4 in the triple jump should give Jequan Hogan something to think about this week.
The hints here seem to suggest we'll see Arria Minor in all three sprints at State. That's good for the paying customer. Add Denver South to your list of wicked-fast boys 4x800 relays. Neither Monarch nor Mountain Vista has anything in the bag yet...
I tell you, this may become the go-to place for sprints in the last week before State. Lots of small-school athletes earned or improved sprint marks for the state meet at this one. You can only argue with success so long...
Paonia (girls) and Cedaredge (boys) warmed up their state meet title defenses here. Both are going to be very tough to beat. There was a stunning number of very good athletes at this meet but mostly with little to prove at this meet. Later this week, on the other hand...
This probably wasn't the place you wanted to be if you needed to qualify a distance event for State. On the other hand, Centauri's boys posted a very nice 4x400, and Alamosa's Amaya Atencio pitched a new PR in the shot put.
Probably worse than running distance in Monte Vista on Saturday was trying to run it in Lamar. And especially so by the time the 3200s rolled around. The heat in Lamar can be legendary, and it was approaching that kind of standard on Saturday. Even so, Alec Tanaka dropped a major PR in the 1600 (a bit earlier in the day) to sneak into the 3A Boys 1600 field.
Haley Bender didn't seem to mind. She does have some catching up to Tarynn Sieg to do now, though. Manitou's boys did some fine-tuning of the sprints as Jared Keul looks toward the possibility of another state meet title this year. Salida's Evan Coit got a nice improvement in his 300H time in advance of State. Of course, he probably could do no less in view of what teammates Ruby Brown and Claire Shepherd had just accomplished a few minutes prior. Odd how Salida is suddenly becoming a hurdles town...
Gabrielle Braithwaite had a major PR of 15-10 in the long jump that has her squarely in the State field in that event. Josie Yoder's 33-5 in the shot put barely got her in. Calhan's Mikie Mikita got a 12-9 (off-site) in the pole vault for a PR and a State berth.
Well, it wasn't as big as the last meet they had at Highland (instant trivia: What is kind of unique about Highland's track?), but it got the job done.
Michaela Hill's 12.76 winner in the 100 was a PR. Taeryn Trumper's 17-2 in the long jump was also a PR. Both face bigger challenges at State this week. Platte Valley rolled some very nice relays (both boys and girls) around the track.
Kaylee Wilson of Eads dropped big PR in the 1600 that assured her of a spot at State. Her 32-9 in the triple jump also gets her in for a rather unusual event double. Granada's Tarin Kemp wrote the same story in the 300 hurdles. Mariah Smith kept the Eads throws tradition alive with a big PR in the discus. Jake Trujillo of McClave solidified his state shot put position with a PR of 42-11.5.
Lots of places in Colorado had wind this weekend. Probably no place had wind like Parachute. At least no place with a track and a track meet. Somehow, Maggie Phelan managed a 34-2 PR in the triple jump that bumped her up to the #3 seed in 2A. All that with a -3.3 wind.