Exploding Out Of The Blocks At Mines

Zaire Jackson finished second in the 60 hurdles, and fourth in the 400.

It's not even December yet, but if the first edition of the Colorado Mines HS Indoor Series says anything, it's that we've got a lot of look forward to in the coming months...

Some of Colorado's best were eager to get back to work, that much was evident, as there were a slew of highlights coming out of Golden Thursday night.

Max Manson picked up nearly where he left off, proving that his adrenalin churning extra curricular activities have only added to his strength. 

The defending state champion went 16-8.75 to open his season. By comparison, he opened up at 14-1 here last year (then went on to go 16-9-5 at Air Force, and 17-3-5 outdoors). 

Zion Gordon came out of the blocks of the 2018-19 season fast

The Regis Jesuit senior proved that he'll be a threat in coming months. Gordon opened up his senior campaign with a personal best in the 60, running 6.87 to win the event.

Gordon also won the 60 hurdles, running 8.07, just ahead of Zaire Jackson's 8.10, and Cameron Harris's 8.12. (Harris was second to Gordon in the 60 in 7.02.)

Likewise, Mason Anthony churned in a winning 52.96 to win the 400 just over a second off his PR. The win came just inches over Walley Clay's 53.05.

Evergreen freshman Colin Szuch took his cross country fitness into indoors, running a fairly sizable PR to win the mile in 4:45.

Grant Redmond nearly opened his season with a PR in the high jump, winning the event in 6-4. 

And on the girl's side of the competition the 60 was absolutely loaded.

Maya Provencal led a star-studded field that included Anna HallDawnielle Lewis, and Mia Manson. Provencal took the win in big PR of 7.67. Hall, Lewis, and Manson were hot on her heels in 7.72, 7.74, and 7.82. 

Provencal also doubled back to win the 60 hurdles in 9.05.

Peak Performance's Lily Mourer grabbed a nail-ter of a win in the girl's mile.

The mile turned out to be a glimpse into the future, with a handful of stellar middle schoolers highlighting the field. Eighth-grader Lily Mourer from Peak Performance led the way in a race that went down to the wire, running 5:46.3 to seventh-grader teammate Reese Tucker's 5:46.95.

Like the 60, the long jump was another hotly contested affair. Hall led the way this time with a jump of 17-11.5, which was just an inch and a half beyond Manson's 17-10.