About those Other Meets this Weekend...

Rachel Demby and Miranda Mathiason are two accomplished athletes who came out of dormancy for this weekend's indoor meets. Colorado Track XC file photos by Alan Versaw and Jeff McCoy.

All sorts of attention this weekend was focused on the Air Force High School Indoor Open and USA Cross Country, and rightfully so. But, those weren't the only meets where Colorado's high school talent was competing.

Only a couple miles from USA Cross Country, USATF-Colorado was holding their last meet of the season, the USATF-Colorado All-Comer meet at Balch Field House. The count of competitors was down sharply from earlier USATF-Colorado meets this season, but there were still some interesting things going on.

Top boys performances of the day included Cooper Ward at 37.78 in the 300 and Kent Harris at 1:29.02 in the 600. The latter event and time makes you wonder just a little if we might not see Harris at 800 meters this spring.

For the girls, Sydnee Larkin swept the 60 and 300, but the 43.97 in the 300 might have been a hair more impressive.

Highland athletes Miranda Mathiason and Jamie Clawson took the 60 hurdles and high jump titles, respectively, with marks of 9.67 and 5-1. Both efforts probably represent something mostly along the lines of rust busting, as neither was at all pushed by the competition.

Down in Albuquerque, the Cherry and Silver All-Comer meet hosted the usual assortment of athletes from southern Colorado locales.

Sarah Storey took a triple jump win at 10.83m (35-6.25). Alli Davis won the high jump at a modest 1.50m (4-11). And, in the 400, Colorado failed to get a win, but did get a 2-3-4 from Jessica Cusick, Rachel Demby, and Shannon Maloney.

For those paying attention, Paulo Benavides of El Paso, Texas, set a new US AT #1 mark in the pole vault at that meet at 17-11.

If you have an inkling to check out what you've been missing, there is one more indoor meet this winter at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the Great Southwest Indoor Classic on February 15.

At this point, the only other weekend meet action I'm aware of for a Colorado athlete came from Gunnison. There, Haley Showalter showed up at the Western State Alumni Open and sent the shot put to a new PR at 42-7, and set a new season best mark in winning the weight throw at 55-5.