Air Force HS Open Preview: Quality & Quantity


The 2018 state champion in the 100 Lucas Andrada, is set to take on Zion "Flash" Gordon and Cameron Harris in the 60. That's the top three in Colorado all on the starting line on the same day, at the same meet. Andrada and Gordon have both run 6.87 this season, and Harris has run 6.89, meaning this race is likely to go down to a lean at the line. 

And keep an eye on the clock - the meet record is 6.84.


Andrada, who is arguably Colorado's No. 1 sprinter, will look to double back in the 200 as well. He's run 22.12 this season, which is No. 2 in Colorado so far. He'll likely have Gavin Sawchuk on his heels, as Sawchuk has run only run two 200s this season, but his 22.35 is No. 3 in the state.


Will we see the first Sub-50 clocking of 2019 this weekend? It's possible... 

Langston Williams leads a solid field that includes Hunter Payne, Hunter Elliott, and Cole Sprout. Yeah - you read that last name right. Sprout is entered in the 400 (as well as the mile). 

Williams currently owns the No. 1 time in Colorado with his 50.26 run on this very track last week. His time is a second clear of the field, however. Though I wouldn't count it ending that way - Elliott ran 50.11 outdoors last year. Payne went 49.44 outdoors, and went 1:57 in the 800, so he's got the strength to endure that second 200. And speaking of strength: Sprout. What will one of the best distance runners in the country do in the 400? (Before we get ahead of ourselves: Sprout is opening his 2019 this weekend, so it's his first race since finishing 3rd at Nike Cross Nationals.)


Jake Merrell's 1:55.14 meet record might be in the hot seat as Cal Banta and Yasin Sado could make for a very explosive race.

Banta was the 2018 State runner-up in this very event, and went 1:56 outdoors last year, but has only gone 2:02 so far indoors this year. Sado owns a 1:56 PR as well, and has the No. 2 time in Colorado so far this year at 1:59.


Cole Sprout. Enough said. 

The 2018 5A state champ in the 1,600, 3,200, and 5k opens his 2019 campaign this weekend, and while he's also in the 400, he's a clear favorite in the mile. He won here a year ago in 4:26, and later went on to run 4:12 outdoors in Colorado.

Cerake Geberkidane's 4:19.87 meet record appears to be in jeopardy, because Sprout has a knack for breaking records.

The race is for second, and it's likely to come down to Ahmed Sadofreshman-phenom Erik Le Roux, Colton Stice, and Banta.

Two Mile

With the two-mile running Friday night, we'll see the first matchup between Ahmed Sado, Le Roux, and Dillon Powellwho highlight the field. 

Le Roux ran 9:58 outdoors at Great Southwest last year as an eighth grader, while Sado owns a 9:47 PR. When these two met in the fall Le Roux had the upper hand each time. But keep an eye on Dillon Powell, he owns the fastest PR in the field at 9:39, and beat both Le Roux and Sado at State this past fall. 

If these three decide to really throw down the hammer, we could see the 9:36 meet record go.

60 Hurdles

We've got a stacked field in the 60H... 

We'll see a rematch - with hurdles - between "Flash" Gordon and Harris. And adding to the intensity of this event will be Joel NyatusahMason Anthony, and 4A 300H state champ Dane Palazzo

Harris owns the fastest time in 2019 at 7.92, and Gordon is just fractions of a second back in 7.95. These two are the clear favorites, though I wouldn't count out Nyatusah, Anthony, or Palazzo.

And keep an eye on the clock, because the meet record is 7.86. 

High Jump

Ryan Blake is clear favorite here. He owns a 6-4 PR, and has already gone 6-2.75 indoors this season for the No.2 mark in Colorado.

Long Jump

With the absence of Mason Anthony from this event, the door is wide open (Anthony went 23-9 for the US No. 6 Wednesday night). 

This leaves Jason Upton as a big favorite to claim the event. He's coming out of Wyoming, and has already gone 22-4.5 indoors this season. 

Triple Jump

Allam Bushara hasn't done the triple jump in 2019 yet, but that'll change this weekend. A year ago he nearly cracked 50 feet, going 49-9.25 to win the 2018 state title. He's clear favorite this weekend. 

Pole Vault

Max Manson has made 17 feet the new 16 this season. He's already gone over 17 feet three times, including his 17-2.75, which is just off his outdoor PR of 17-3.5. He's eyeing his father's 17-7.50 this year, and clearly he's got it in his sights. 

The 2018 5A state champ went 17-1 in Golden Wednesday night, and nearly cleared 17-5 a few times. We'll see how high he sets the bar Friday afternoon. 

Shot Put

Arguably the best thrower in Colorado will bring his talents to Cadet Field House this weekend. Kain Medrano enters as the favorite, as it appears we'll have to wait to see a battle between him and Samuel Dirkes.

Medrano, the 2018 state champ in this event, has already tossed 56-2 this indoor season, with is No. 2 behind Dirkes in 2019.

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