Meet Notes: ThunderRidge Invitational

Jason Lewis skims a hurdle en route to a very nice 38.95 winning effort.

The season always begins with fits and starts. There was plenty of both at the ThunderRidge Invitational on Saturday. We'll take a look at a few of the highlights here, starting with the boys on this page and the girls on the next.



The first sub-39 300 hurdles of the new season came unexpectedly early, on opening weekend. But, it's still a nice sign any time you see sub-39s in March. Jason Lewis, the multi-talented Regis Jesuit athlete, picked up onE of his own with a 38.95.

Denver East's Joseph Abiakam picked up another hurdle highlight with a wind-legal 14.88 winner in the 110s. Abiakam's winning hurdle effort was part of a larger stand-up-and-take-notice by the Denver East team. Coming out of this meet, Denver East starts to have the look of a state title contender. To wit:

  • Hayelom Fitsum getting second in 4:30 in the 1600
  • Harrison Scudamore winning the 3200 on an unseasonably warm March day in 10-flat
  • Winning efforts in the 4x100 (43.56) and 4x400 (3:25.33)
  • Jack Moran going 39.95 for second in the 300 hurdles

What's lacking for Denver East at the moment is a solid field event presence. You can't simply wish field events into existence, but if one or two come around for the Angels, this could become a special year.

Valor's Titan Birkholz took a narrow win over Palmer Ridge's Maccee Reed in a good long jump contest. Birkholz went 21-7.75 for the win. 

Chaparral's Connor Quinlan put himself on the pole vault with a 14-6 clearance. That's not yet in the territory that will rival Max Manson, but it is in the kind of territory that scores a few nice points at State.

And, as it turns out, this meet provided a nice showcase for a large number of freshman athletes. Some of the freshman boys making bigger splashes included:

  • Easton Allred and Aidan Scott clipping off 4:37 1600s. Derek Fearon and Connor Ohlson were not far behind.
  • Andrew Wilson-Axpe going 23.52 for second in the 200.
  • Jackson Connelly going 11.38 for fifth in the 100.

Click on Next to continue to the girls notes.