Gold Found At Hayward Field At The Outdoor Nationals

A handful of Colorado's best headed to the Pacific Northwest to compete on perhaps the most storied and prestigious track - Hayward Field - in Eugene, Ore.

And quite a few came back with gold. 

Colorado was well-represented at The Outdoor Nationals, Presented by Nike this past weekend.

Niwot senior Simon Saia captured the national title in the 5,000, clocking a stellar 14:30.66. That's a US No. 4Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos and Jackson Shorten finished 10-11, both clocking 14:52.

Zane Bergen, "fresh" off last week's triple at the state meet, nearly pulled off the feat in the mile. Bergen led the race into the final straight, but was kicked down. Regardless, the Niwot junior dropped a huge personal best of 4:03.90 for the full mile. That's a US No.4

It looks like we'll have another Sub-4 Chase next year...

In the hurdles Rampart's Carsen Bruns captured a top-10 finish in the 400H, running 54.33.

In the boy's relays Niwot claimed the 4x1600 national crown, running a stellar 17:19 - that's about a 4:20 average per runner. In the 4x800 they finished just outside the top-three - they ran 7:53.13 to finish fourth. 

For the girls Lucca Fulkerson added the Outdoor Nationals 3,200 title to last week's state title in the event. The Niwot senior ran 10:19.95 - a 15-second victory. 

Taylor James finished just outside the top-three in the 800, running 2:09.35, while Maelynn Higgins was two-seconds back in 2:11.32.

Madison Shults finished fourth in the 1,600, running 4:46.26. Emma Stutzman finished ninth in 4:49. Meanwhile Sierra Parks finished 10th in the 5,000 in 17:16. 

In the hurdles Kimora Northrup finished just outside the top-three in the 400 Hurdles, crossing fourth in 1:01.12.

In the relays Niwot brought the heat. 

They won the 4x400 in 3:42.72, the 4x800 in 8:52.48, the Distance Medley Relay in 11:33.51, they finished second in the Sprint Medley in 1:44.76, and they finished second in the 4x1600, running 19:45.37, which was underneath the previous national record, and about 4:56+ per runner.

Additionally, Holy Family finished sixth in the SMR in 1:50.89.

Full Meet Results

Elite Performances

Girls (19)
200mp 5 19th24.23 wCamille PeisnerValor Christian High School
400mF 3 20th56.37Camille PeisnerValor Christian High School
800mF 3 4th2:09.35Taylor JamesNiwot High School
800mF 2 12th2:11.32Maelynn HigginsBroomfield High School
5000mF 1 10th17:16.10Sierra ParksNiwot High School
5000mF 1 13th17:22.99Aspen FulbrightPueblo West High School
5000mF 1 14th17:23.82Allison BeasleyPeak to Peak Charter School
5000mF 1 17th17:29.95Mia MrazLegacy High School
100HF 2 6th14.73Fabiola BelibiRegis Jesuit
400HF 3 4th1:01.12Kimora NorthrupNiwot High School
4x200mF 2 2nd1:42.38Niwot High School
SMR8F 1 2nd1:44.76Niwot High School
4x400mF 2 1st3:42.72Niwot High School
SMRF 2 8th4:13.91Niwot High School
4x800mF 2 1st8:52.48Niwot High School
DMRF 1 1st11:33.51Niwot High School
LJF 1 7th17-8.5Fabiola BelibiRegis Jesuit
PVF 2 17th12-1.5Megan KelleghanSilver Creek High School
HepF 1 10th1:14:07.00Fabiola BelibiRegis Jesuit
Boys (11)
200mp 4 30th22.20Isaak EasleyNorthfield High School
800mF 3 27th1:55.27Clifton ThompsonLakewood High School
800mF 3 29th1:55.33Charlie WelchGeorge Washington High School
5000mF 2 1st14:30.66Simon SaiaNiwot High School
5000mF 2 10th14:52.28Grahm Tuohy-GaydosGreen Mountain High School
5000mF 2 11th14:52.70Jackson ShortenMountain View High School
110Hp 5 33rd14.86Carsen BrunsRampart High School
400HF 4 10th54.33Carsen BrunsRampart High School
400HF 1 20th55.49Bennett FeldenkirchenMountain View High School
4x800mF 2 4th7:53.13Niwot High School
DMRF 1 10th10:20.54Niwot High School