Based on Andrew Simmons' photos from the Colorado Elite Winter Series #1 meet, it's obvious that everyone was excited to be back on the track.
Even if it was cold.
Despite the wintery weather, Heritage played host to a slew of top-tier performances.
Madison Shults has risen to new heights in recent months. And in the girl's 600 it looked like she may have found her event - in the 800. Shults ran 1:38.29 to win the event ahead of Niwot teammate Mia Prok, who ran 1:38.60.
If you're doing the math - that's 33-ish per 200, and 1:06-ish per 400. Shults and Prok were running just under 2:12 pace.
It's also of note that a staggering 11 girls cracked 1:45 in that 600. (2:20 pace.)
In the throws Giavonna Meeks proved that she'll be a threat outdoors. Meeks won the weight throw with a toss of 57-5.5. While the event did take place outdoors, the mark would be ranked No. 3 in the country had it taken place indoors. Meeks also took second in the shot put with a toss of 38-9. Amanda Opp won the event with a 39-6.
For the boys Gavin Schurr hit the (outdoor) track for the first time in a while. The Fairview senior dominated the 60 with a 6.83 clocking. Schurr also torched the field in the 200, running 21.72.
William Merrick proved great winter fitness with a blistering 1:22.18 600 victory. That's just over 27-seconds per 200, or 54+ per 400. That's 1:50 800 pace. Add that Charlie Welch was only two seconds back in 1:24.
I rewrite that line - In February.
(We've got a lot to be excited for once the official outdoor season beings...)
Moving up in distance, Jackson Shorten took the mile by running away with a 4:23 victory.
Meanwhile, it's clear that Brandon Hills is ready for some high school competition. Hills leapt into the new year with a 22-5 victory in the long jump.
At the ATB 550 Pole Vault Gym Session #6 Lilly Nichols went well over 12 feet for the fifth-consecutive time. The freshman tied her personal best with a 12-6.5 mark.
Photo Albums (1)
|400m||F 6 1st||59.40||Kel McDavid||Steadfast Track Academy|
|400m||F 5 2nd||59.86||Kimora Northrup||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 2 1st||1:38.29||Madison Shults||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 2 2nd||1:38.60||Mia Prok||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 1 3rd||1:41.10||Brooke Wilson||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 2 4th||1:41.47||Allison Beasley||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 1 5th||1:41.58||Wendy Cheruiyot||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 2 6th||1:41.74||Lucca Fulkerson||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 1 7th||1:42.48||Kayla Renner||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 2 8th||1:42.68||Julia Rudolph||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 1 9th||1:43.09||Brooklyn Ewert||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 1 10th||1:43.84||Jordan Blankenship||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 1 11th||1:44.22||Ava Mitchell||Unattached Club|
|1600m||F 2 1st||5:27.46||Leah Futey||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 1 1st||11:29.11||Lily Whelan||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 1 2nd||11:29.37||Maggie McCleskey||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 1 3rd||11:34.13||Elliot Pribramsky||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 1 4th||11:50.79||Lanie Szuch||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 1 5th||11:52.25||Jaycee Williams||Unattached Club|
|60H||F 2 1st||8.94||Zeaniah Wedgeworth||Gazelle Sprint Club|
|LJ||F 1 1st||16-6||Madissyn Moore||Unattached Club|
|WT||F 1 2nd||48-0||Amanda Opp||Unattached Club|
|WT||F 1 1st||57-5.5||Giavonna Meeks||Hustle Track Club|
|S||F 1 2nd||38-9||Giavonna Meeks||Hustle Track Club|
|S||F 1 1st||39-6||Amanda Opp||Unattached Club|
|60m||F 7 1st||6.83||Gavin Schurr||Unattached Club|
|60m||F 7 2nd||7.14||Keirryse Simpson||Hustle Track Club|
|60m||F 6 3rd||7.23||Dante Capolungo||Real Training|
|60m||F 6 4th||7.25||Brandon Hills||Unattached Club|
|200m||F 7 1st||21.72||Gavin Schurr||Unattached Club|
|400m||F 6 1st||50.25||Matthew Baskin||Unattached Club|
|400m||F 6 2nd||50.68||William Merrick||Hustle Track Club|
|400m||F 6 3rd||50.69||Alex Herman||Unattached Club|
|600m||F 2 1st||1:22.18||William Merrick||Hustle Track Club|
|600m||F 1 2nd||1:24.36||Charlie Welch||Unattached Club|
|1600m||F 2 1st||4:23.54||Jackson Shorten||Unattached Club|
|1600m||F 2 2nd||4:27.24||Joshua Medina||Unattached Club|
|1600m||F 2 3rd||4:37.00||Eric Sankey||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 2 1st||10:06.39||Michael Beck||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 2 2nd||10:08.34||Kailer Smith||Unattached Club|
|3200m||F 2 3rd||10:13.60||Shane Pranno||Unattached - CO|
|3200m||F 2 4th||10:14.99||Adugna Moritz||Unattached Club|
|LJ||F 2 2nd||21-1||Anthony Breglio||Unattached Club|
|LJ||F 2 1st||22-5||Brandon Hills||Unattached Club|
|PV||F 1 6th||10-0.75||Sophie Pierce||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 7th||10-0.75||Mikayla Dalton||Drift Motion|
|PV||F 1 4th||11-0.75||Kourtney Rathke||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 4th||11-0.75||Olivia Kosanovich||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 2nd||11-6.5||Anna Willis||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 2nd||11-6.5||Megan Kelleghan||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 1st||12-6.5||Lilly Nichols||Unattached Club|
|PV||F 1 6th||13-0.25||Will Chiang||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 7th||13-0.25||Andrew Williams||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 4th||14-0||Leo Sundstrom||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 4th||14-0||Jackson Wray||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 3rd||14-6||Garrett Searls||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 2nd||15-0||Becker Ell||Above the Bar Track Club|
|PV||F 1 1st||15-5.75||Davis Hume||Above the Bar Track Club|