The uniforms at the start of the 2A boys 200 tended toward the side of monochromatic. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The aforementioned safety message would apply if you run for Lutheran High School. If you don't, there really isn't much of a safe feeling when you're running with a pack of Lions.
Nowhere was the packing of the Lions more evident than in the 2A boys 200. In that event, Lutheran became the first school in (at least recent) Colorado history to score five athletes in a single event at state. Lutheran unloaded on an outnumbered 200-meter field, scoring Chris Youngs in first, Kent Harris in third, Josh Clausen in sixth, Darian Perez in seventh, and Ryan Lee in ninth. That, ladies and gentlemen is called dominating an event. It also goes by the name of 25 points.
Interestingly, the 25 points does not set an event record for a single team at state. That distinction would belong to Lakewood High School, a team that scored 29.5 points in the 5A girls pole vault in 2012. That record may stand for a good, long time.
The pack of Lions was only slightly less dense in the 100. There, Youngs and Harris repeated the 1-3 finish, with Darian Perez finishing fifth, and Josh Clausen finished ninth.
And, now you begin to understand how Lutheran dominated the 2A boys scoring with 80 points to 68.5 for runner-up Lyons. The domination would have been clearer yet except for a DQ on the third exchange of the 4x200 in Thursday prelims. Exchange problems also hampered the Lions' efforts in the 4x100. After a second-place run in prelims, Lutheran was relegated to ninth in finals.
Strangely, Lutheran's on meet record came twice, once through the front door and then a second time through the back door. Lutheran set a new 2A state meet record of 3:23.40 in the prelims of that event on Friday. On Saturday, they ran a tenth of a second faster. The issue there would be that Rye ran roughly two seconds faster. But, Rye's record would not stand as the Thunderbolts were disqualified from the 4x400 finals on an obstruction foul when an incoming runner failed to clear the track in timely fashion and become an obstruction for the outgoing runner of the next team through.
Lutheran did manage to score nine points in events that involved something other than running a distance between 100 and 400 meters. Henry Waite picked up five in the discus, and KJ Hall another four in the 110 hurdles.
Imagine what Lutheran could do if they had a distance element! If they get one in the next 10 months, 3A will be the first to find out.
While we may not be entirely accustomed to seeing Lyons in the runner-up position after a few years of abject domination of 2A, neither were they far from the top.
Lyons piled up their biggest shares of points exactly where they were expected to--at 1600 and 3200 meters. Paul Roberts won both events, but avoiding any 2A state meet records in the process. Marcel and Joel Such chipped in several more points in each. Coming back off an injury, Tullef Rudlong was not yet a match for a speedy field in the 100. Zach Christiansen and Chris Lennard picked up a few points in the 110 hurdles. Owen George and Trent Poulsen scored in the pole vault and long jump, respectively. Lyons scored in both the 4x100 and 4x800, but one of the glaring misses of the weekend was Lyons' failure to advance a team to finals in the 4x400.
After a huge first two days of the meet Rye narrowly missed being overtaken by Resurrection Christian for third on the final day of the meet. The 4x400 DQ was definitely part of that, but, being field event heavy, Rye's early point total may have been slightly deceptive. Despite being field event heavy, however, Rye's individual performance of the weekend may well have been Samuel Ambler's 1:57.33 in the 800. Ambler also participated in a 4x800 that blew away a 2A state meet record with a clocking of 8:03.94. Ambler also won the triple jump at 44-6. If you're looking for an athlete of the 2A state meet, we may have a likely candidate for you.
Nico Forcatto was conspicuously absent from the 100 and 200, but made up any difference in wining the 400 at 49.49. Forcatto also showed up on a couple of strong Liberty Common relays. Cole Watson missed a sweep of the hurdle events when Haxtun's Colin Munster win sub-15 in the 110s. South Park's Chris Carpenter finished a monster season in the sand with a winning long jump of 22-6.75. Try to imagine Carpenter's joy at jumping in a pit where the sand was actually unfrozen. Spring arrives late in Fairplay.