Monday Morning Recap: Racing Into April


We've got a beefy recap on tap... Beefy like a chicken taco that's packed to the max, you can barely close it. Every time you pick it up a few beans fall out, or some rice, or some chicken. Cholula sauce is spilling out over your fingers and dripping on your new favorite jeans.

You get the idea.

Let's get into it, here are the highlights of the highlights...

At the Warren Mitchell Invitational Zadie Mackey continued her upwards trajectory. The Elbert sophomore won the discus in another personal best and 1A No. 1 of 139-4. Lamar's Alexandria Tice took second in 120-7, and she won the shot put with a toss of 40-5.5.

Clear on the other side of the state it was all Durango at the Abel Velasquez InvitationalDamian Frausto ran away with the W in the 1,600, clocking 4:23.42 for a 4A No. 4. For the girls Sydney Flores had a huge PR to win the shot put in a 4A No. 2 of 38-0. Likewise, Durango's 4x800 made waves - they clocked a 4A No. 2 of 9:44.

Back on the front range Ella Hagen kept her streak of PRing every week alive at the David S. D'Evelyn Invitational. The Summit freshman won the 1,600 in 5:05.63. On the theme of consistency, Skylar Hawk won the 300 Hurdles in 45.67 - that's her third-consecutive 45-second clocking in the event this season. Likewise, Elizabeth Heumann has been over five-feet in the high jump five-out-of-five times this season, including her 5-4 victory here. For the boys Quin Dukes starred with his 14-0 pole vault victory.

Meanwhile Peyton Garrison blazed a 3A No. 1 of 56.47 to win the 400 at the Eagle Valley Invitational. Add that Coal Ridge's Sprint Medley Relay ran 1:53.20.

On the topic of the SMR - Eaton's girls sprinted their way to a 3A No. 2 of  1:52.25 at the Fightin' Red Invitational.

The Frank Woodburn Invitational in Grand Junction was the big meet of the western slope. Tristian Spence extended her unbeaten streak by picking up her sixth consecutive victory this season. Spence won the 1,600 in 5:10.66. And sticking with unbeaten streaks, cue Elizabeth Brooks. The Cedaredge sophomore has a staggering 11 victories in 11 competitions. Brooks swept the throws with a 109-10 discus and a 37-11.5 PR in the shot put.

Shifting over to the topic of Introductions: meet Shalom Trowbridge. A week ago the Central (GJ) junior was a 2:07 half-miler. As of this writing he's a 1:57.70 half-miler. That's a 4A No. 5. And on the topic of Making Gains: Jacob Doyle. The Grand Valley junior won the discus with a 153-1 PR.

And then there's Introductions, Big Air and Big a PR..

Scottie Vines just added a staggering six-inches to his high jump PR. And yes, you read that correctly. Vines has competed in the event three times this season, opening with a 6-0, then 6-4, and Saturday - BOOM: 6-10. Not only is that a CO No. 1, it's a US No. 5.

Oh yeah - and he's a sophomore. 

Moving along...

There was plenty to talk about at the Hawk Invitational in Broomfield. 

Three went over 11-6 in the pole vault, led by Broomfield's Lilly Nichols, who cleared 12-6 for the win, while Olivia Kosanovich and Victoria Spitzley both cleared 11-6. Sticking with events involving soaring through the air, Jaclyn Donoho cleared 5-5 to tie her PR and for a season-best, while Charlotte Elliston won the long jump with a 17-7.75 PR. 

For the boys Brandon Hills continued to impress. The Vista Ridge junior won a tight 200 battle over Tyson Williams, running 21.66 to Williams' 21.68, and Hills came back to win the long jump in a wind-aided 23-8. Meanwhile in the high jump Rhys Travis cleared 6-7.

At the Holyoke High School Invitational Wray's Bryant Schoenthal continued his already impressive season by sweeping the throws. Schoenthal won the discus in 164-9, and the shot put in 52-0. In the girl's shot put Lauren Herman picked up her first big win in the event this season, tossing 37-3.75.  

Meanwhile freshmen-phenom Nadhia Campos sliced a few more seconds off her 1,600 PR at the Thunder-Storm Invitational. Campos ran away with a 5:08.64 victory. Going way down in distance and adding hurdles, Leyah Martinez won the 300H in 46.42, while Bradie Menegatti won the high jump with a 5-4 clearance, and Isabella Coscetti won the pole vault with a season-best 12-6 clearance.

At the City of Littleton Championships Arapahoe's Emily Lamontagne broke the five-minute barrier in the 1,600 for the first time. Lamontagne won the event with a 4:59.97 clocking. Dakota Ridge's Hanan Aldelemy had a huge race of her own, running 5:10.20 for a massive 10-second PR in the event. Ava Escorcia was hot on her heels in third in 5:12.95. Lamontagne also won the 800 in 2:19.82. Going up in distance Ava Mitchell ran away with the W in the 3,200, clocking 10:54.90 to make it an Arapahoe sweep of the distance events. In the 300H Amelia Hubbell showed that she's ready to race - she ran 44.84, which was just four-hundredths-of-a-second off her PR from State. For the boys Charles LaFore was the highlight. The Chatfield sophomore added two-inches to his discus PR, winning the event with a toss of 151-2.

The Greeley Twilight Invitational was another loaded meet.

Allison Pippert kept her unbeaten streak alive, and ran a season-best of 5:10.06 to win the 1,600. That makes six-consecutive victories for the Stargate sophomore. On the topic of season-bests plus PR - Kylee Kielian won the triple jump in a 36-10 PR. For the boys Jackson Shorten sliced another second off his 1,600 season best to win the event in a CO No. 1 of 4:16. Meanwhile the 400 saw a race that went down to the line. Andrew Muncy and Bennett Feldenkirchen took 400 meters to be separated by three-hundredths of a second. Muncy took the W here in 49.06 to Feldenkrichen's 49.09. In the field Mohamed Ibrahim did Mohamed Ibrahim things. The Wiggins senior won the discus with a toss of 155-6, and the shot put with a toss of 51-9. Meanwhile Lucas Couron cleared 15-feet in the pole vault for the third consecutive time. The Riverdale senior cleared 15-1 to win the event. 

Meanwhile Giavonna Meeks had a busy week. The Northfield senior swept the throws at the Thomas Jefferson Twilight, winning the discus with a toss of 144-4, and the shot in 40-10. (She also swept the throws at Mullen - but we'll come back to that...) Sidney Walshaw won the triple jump with a leap of 36-6.25. For the boys Ace Malone claimed the 200/400 double, running 22.00, and 49.05. Luke Dry was a close, close second in 49.08. Doubling upwards in distance, Jacob Culig won the 800 with a 1:57.55 PR.

A major highlight of the meet came from the Cheyenne Mountain 4x800. They torched a US No. 4 of 7:47.51 to win the event. Needless to say, that's also a CO No. 1 (by 22-seconds...) Add that it's just two-seconds off Smokey Hill's All-Classification State Record of 7:45.10...

And then there's the 24th Mullen Invitational...