2018 Royalty Of The Rings

Faith Christian's Reece Davidson can claim the title of best overall 3A thrower.

Special to Colorado Track XC by Chris Medina

1A Overall          Genoa-Hugo 28, Eads 17

1A Boys               Otis 15, Dove Creek 15, Pikes Peak Christian 15 (tie)

1A Girls                Genoa-Hugo 28, Eads 17 

Seniors Mariah Smith and Heather Graham concluded their career long competition by splitting the discus and shot put titles.  However, Graham's higher finish in her second event and the emergence of her sophomore teammate Ryely Smartt, who finished second in the shot and eighth in the disc, gave Genoa-Hugo the girl's title as well as the overall 1A crown. On the boy's side, Keylan Dracon's victory in the shot put and fifth place finish in the discus gave Otis High just enough points to win the title ahead of the Dove Creek and Pikes Peak Christian.

2A Overall           Meeker 27, Hotchkiss 18

2A Boys               Hotchkiss 18, Crowley County 16

2A Girls                Meeker 23, Burlington 15 

Individual performances were close to being all that was needed to claim a "team" throwing title in 2A. Jacob Tu'ufuli 's victory in the boys shot, Austin Ficken's dual third place finishes, and Lane Walter's discus win and fourth place finish in the shot, put Ellicott, Rangely and Crowley County in title contention on the boys' side. Likewise, on girls' side, the performance by Burlington's Alex Bauer came up just short.  Winning the crown here required a team effort. In capturing the boy's title, Hotchkiss relied on points coming from the various levels of the podium; earning eighteen total points from Darrin Young ,Nolan Egging, and Kevin Chavez. Meeker likewise picked up the girls' title through the efforts of juniors, Megan Shelton and Sydnie Main who went first and second in the disc, and seventh and eighth in the shot. For the overall title Jake Shelton added four points giving the Cowgirls and Cowboy, back-to-back crowns.