Castle View's Aldric Brown goes low before going high over 6-6 on his way to clearing 6-9 on Friday evening. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Last year, Aldric Brown was a 6-4 high jumper. This year, he's a little more polished--though still a little unconventional--and he put on a show for the fans at the Sand Creek Scorpion Invitational, clearing 6-9 the high jump competition came to an end. In so doing, Brown upped his season-best mark by a remarkable three inches. Brown also won the long jump with a leap of 20-7.5.
While Brown's jumps won the full attention of the spectators present at the meet, his were not the only marks of note. The meet was a coming-out party, of sorts, for the Sierra Stallion boys. These guys are ready to make some noise in the 4A ranks.
Nobody's forgotten Kelby Dias, and he's not about to let them start. Dias won the 110 hurdles in 15.18 with a -5.4 wind, won the 300 hurdles in 39.54, and won the triple jump in 41-8.5. The Sierra relays were up to their old tricks, sweeping the 4x1, 4x2, and 4x4 relays. Xavier Newton kept things interesting in the high jump before bowing out after 6-4.
Although it's difficult these days for Wes Rickman and Kevin Johnson to keep a low profile, the Falcon tandem did the best they could Friday night. Each entered, and won, a single race--the 1600 and 3200, respectively. A correction may need to be made in the meet results as Johnson's winning time was faster than the posted 9:50.88.
On the girls' side, Lewis-Palmer continues to play well the role of a solid 4A contender. Morgan Griffin won the 200 and 400 and placed second in the pole vault for the Rangers, Chandler Marshall won the pole vault, Molly Bush won the triple jump, while Kalie Kirk finished third in the 100, third in the long jump, and second in the 100 hurdles.
Sierra, also, had a solid set of performances, winning the 800 sprint medley, 4 X 100, and 4 X 200 relays, and getting a 48.69 from Chelsea Rotondo to capture the 300 hurdles.
The night, however, belonged to The Classical Academy, who swept all four distance events with Emily LaValley winning the 800 and Kaitlin Hanenburg taking the 1600 and 3200. Elsewhere, the Titans took the 4 X 400 and added seconds in the 4 X 200 and by Kelsey Brown in the 400.
NOTE: With corrected meet results Sierra did end up as the winner on the girls division, not The Classical Academy.