Soaring At The Air Force High School Indoor Open

When Anna Willis hit the mat she couldn't believe it. 

Her face lit up as she eyed the bar that stood 13-feet, six-inches above the ground, unmoved. 

The Classical Academy sophomore soared high inside the Cadet Field House Saturday. Willis not only added three-inches to her personal best in the pole vault - an event of which she won - she also set a Colorado No. 1 mark, and a US No. 4Add that her 13-6 is currently a US No. 1 among the sophomore class.

And Willis wasn't the only one to crack inside the Top-10 US rankings, and drop a state-leading mark - there was plenty to be excited about at the 2022 Air Force High School Indoor Open.

The pole vault lived up to the hype. A staggering six girls cleared 12-0.

Six inches below Willis' winning clearance of 13-6 were Megan Kelleghan and Kashlee Dickinson. Both cleared 13-0, while Isabella Coscetti and Kourtney Rathke cleared 12-6, and Olivia Kosanovich cleared 12-0.

And the pole vault wasn't the only event with stellar performances - the field events across the board were impressive.

Agur Dwol continued to shine in her signature event - the triple jump. The Mullen senior won the event in a meet record of 41-5.75 - her fourth consecutive time over 41-and-a-half feet this season.

Dwol also won the long jump in 18-10.5. Fabiola Belibi was second in 18-3.25.

Meanwhile Sierra Haberman and Dallis Robinson battled in the high jump, with both clearing 5-4 - that's a CO No. 1 for the pair. 

In the throws Giavonna Meeks dominated the weight throw - she won the event with a 58-11.5. 

On the track Dajaz Defrand starred. 

Defrand won the 200 in hotly contested battle with Monarch's Julia Pattison. The duo took the event down to the final strides, with Defrand getting the win in 24.67, which was just ahead of Pattison's 24.83.

Defrand also won the 60 in 7.53. 

Moving on up in distance...

Jocelyn Millican tore around the track to win the 400 in 59.08 out of the second heat - that's CO No. 1Kinsey Christianson and Kylie Bahr were a close 2-3, running 59.29, and 59.62.

In the hurdles no one could keep pace with Belibi. The Regist Jesuit senior torched the field with 8.59 clocking for a CO No. 1 and US No. 9

On the topic of running away with the win, Bethany Michalak telescoped away in the 800 to win the event in a CO No. 1 of 2:15.21. 

Likewise, Isabel Allori ran away with the mile in 5:14.34 for a CO No. 1

On the boy's side of the competition Carsen Bruns shined bright. The Rampart senior picked up two wins, both state-leading marks. 

Bruns won the 60H in a US No. 5 of 7.91, and he doubled back to win the 200 in 22.10. 

In the 400 Ridger Palma took a tight win over Brandon Bate. Palma ran 50.78, which was less than a tenth-of-a-second ahead of Bate's 50.86. For his efforts, Bate ran a CO No.1

Meanwhile the 800 was a tight race with Jackson Neppl and Adam Burlison sharing the same second. Neppl got the win in 2:03.53, while Burlison was second in 2:05.95.

And on the topic of tight finishes - the boy's mile. 

Chase Cartwright kicked late to win the event over Burlison and Braden Hill, running 4:39.97 to Burlison's 4:40.00.

Moving way up in distance, Matthew Edwards put on a clinic in the 2 mile Friday night. The 3A state cross country champ soloed a 10:01.