Taeryn Trumper is one of several 2A seniors for whom we can only wonder what their final season might have held.
As we press on toward the end of this series, today's stop is at 2A Girls. The teams that we consider are those teams that were well-positioned to be in the trophy hunt entering the season. Beyond that, we look at the seniors who figured to lead their teams in the battle to come home from the state meet with a trophy.
Teams are listed below in alphabetical order, nothing beyond that is implied in the order of listing.
Highland - After many years of being within sniffing distance of the top of the pile, but not quite being there, this year figured to be a year of huge opportunity for Highland. And, the Huskies' senior class had them in good hands. Sprinter/jumper Remington Ross figured to win at least a couple of events at state, maybe more. Sidney Brown added unprecedented depth in the sprint events. Rylee Habel gave Highland a scoring threat in the 800. Much was lost here with the cancellation of the season.
Holyoke - Almost, but not quite, lost in Remington Ross's shadow was sprinter/jumper Taeryn Trumper. Trumper figured, in a preseason analysis, as an underdog to Ross in the 100, but as a slight favorite over Ross in the long jump. In any case, the contests figured to be dazzling. Holyoke also had points hopes from the senior class in the form of discus thrower Shianne Willmon.
Lyons - Mark Roberts had some decisions to make regarding what events Katie Fankhouser would be competing in at state, but pole vault probably ranked as the least negotiable event of all. In addition to a relay--somewhere--she probably figured for two events somewhere between 400 and 3200 meters as well. It hurts to lose the senior year of an athlete that versatile. Among other senior Lions with state meet kind of point hopes were hurdlers Charlotte Rogers and Olivia Cope.
Rangely - The Panthers may have had their best state team in years this year. That, of course, makes the cancellation all the more difficult to take. In terms of seniors, the Panthers were pinning big hopes on middle distance ace Hannah Wilkie.
Telluride - The Miners had two seniors to lead the way this spring. On the one hand, there was sprinter Shannon Wyszynski. That took care of the track portion. The field portion was held down by triple jumper Lily Graves.
A state meet trophy wasn't a sure thing for any of these seven teams. In fact, the total count of state trophies would have been two. But all seven teams have good reason to feel the sting of losing an opportunity.