The 4A State Recap: Niwot Cleans Up

Luc Andrada was on fire. 

The Pueblo East senior came ready to roll, as if Jeffco was his office, and he was here for business. 

Andrada opened the final day of competition with a state meet record of 10.51 in the 100, while Tyrese VanHorne took second in 10.81.

Andrada doubled back a few hours later to run away in the 200 in dominating fashion, a salute to the crowd sealed the deal, as he had state title No. 2 in 21.21.Tyler Williams took second this time in 21.61.

Williams and VanHorne starred in the 400 as two of the fastest quarter milers in the country collided on the track. Williams was was the victor here, running 47.71 for the state title, while VanHorne was just a few ticks back in 48.21 for the runner-up finish.

As stacked as the sprints were, so were the distance events. 

Cruz Culpepper reigned in the mid-distance events, kicking hard in two thrilling races.

Culpepper claim state title No. 1 of his weekend in an incredibly fast 800 field, running 1:52.93 FTW over Aidan Fitzgerald's 1:53.45, and Cal Banta's 1:53.48.

Culpepper utilized similar tactics in the 1,600, kicking last and running away for state title No. 2 in 4:16. Banta took the runner-up spot in this race, running 4:18, while Dylan Schubert finished third in 4:20.

Schubert was the runaway winner of the 3,200 a few days earlier, however. The Thompson Valley junior surged hard over the final 500 meters to telescope away from Dillon Powell for his first state title. 

Schubert ran 9:23, while Powell took second in 9:28, and freshman Erik Le Roux finished third in 9:32.

The hurdles were another area of two intensely competed races. 

In the 110H Zaire Jackson cracked 15 seconds to win the race in 14.63 over Bryce Risner

Risner doubled back for the 300H that saw a race requiring a photo finish. Wyatt EwerJensen Douillard and Risner all crashed at the line, as they were only separated by less than a tenth of a second. Ewer and Risner captured a Glenwood Springs 1-2 finish with Ewer taking the state title in 39.40, while Risner finished second in 39.43. Douillard finished third in 39.47.

And Risner's busy weekend didn't end there. 

6-5 was the mark that Cisco PadillaEddie Kurjak, and Risner cleared in the high jump to take the top three spots.

Likewise, the long jump was decided by a mere three inches, as Brendan Young went 22-1 for the title, while Alex Hise was just a few inches back in 21-10.5. Young added the triple jump title to his state resume as well, leaping 47-11 FTW. 

Like the high jump, the pole vault came down to misses, as Hunter Potrykus and Holden Daniels both cleared 15-3. 

Kain Medrano had a busy weekend of his own, as he not only dominated the discus, but also ran on Pueblo East's state winning relay - but we'll come back to that. 

The king of the discus went big in his final state meet, defending his state with a state meet record of 188-6. Samuel Dirkes took the runner-up spot in the event with a toss of 165-8.

The two swapped positions in the shot put, however, with Dirkes taking the state title in 58-10.75 to Medrano's 57-7.5. 

Pueblo East came away with two state titles in the relays - they won the 4x1 and 4x2, while Niwot won the 4x4 in the most dramatic of finishes - they needed a fifth-place finish or better to take the overall team title. So, they simplified the scoring and won the event in a dive with Durango instead. 

Durango did get a big W, however, a few days earlier in the 4x8. They took the event in 7:48.55, which was a new stat meet record.

In the overall team competition Niwot's final dive to the line gave the squad the state title, as they tallied 66 points. Pueblo East was a close second with 60 points, while Air Academy scored 50.