Monday Morning Recap: High Quantity And Quality At Mines

It might have seemed like a quiet week in Colorado this past week, but it definitely was not quiet At Steinhauer Field House Thursday night for the Colorado Mines HS Indoor Series #5 meet.

It was the largest high school meet at Mines ever.

So large in fact that entries had to close before the usual deadline!

What's that term?

At capacity

Yes indeed. And while it was a high-quantity meet, it was naturally speaking, high-quality as well.

The meet saw three-state leading marks run, which included some great action in the girl's mile. Two of Colorado's titans clashed in the event, as 5A state cross country runner-up Emma Stutzman, and 4A state cross country champ Ella Hagen battled around the tight turns. 

The end result was the two sharing the same second, though Stutzman opened up her 2023 track campaign with the W, as she won this one by two-tenths of a second, running 5:18.55 to Hagen's 5:18.77.

Just a few strides back was Rosie Mucharsky, who ran 5:20 to finish third.

Those were the top-three times run in the mile this season. 

Cutting the distance in half, Lindsey Kiehl  ran a Colorado No. 3 in the 800, winning the event in 2:23.07.

In the long jump it was Nebraska's Zenobia Witt  who leapt to the win, landing at 17-10, which was just ahead of Denver East's Olivia Ellis, who had a massive PR of 17-5 to finish second.

Meanwhile Sophie Pierce continued to impress during her 2023 indoor season. The Fairview senior once again came out on top of the pole vault, clearing 11-9. And take a look at Emmy Kiefer - the Riverdale Ridge added a staggering nine-inches to her PR, clearing 11-9 as well. 

In the boys the highlight came in the mile, where Will Brunner soloed a state-leading 4:36.32. Brunner also won the 800. 

On the topic of state-leading marks, Trey Ciccio torched his previous PR to win the 60 hurdles in a CO No. 1 of 8.12. Hot on his heels was Nigel James, who ran 8:14 for a CO No. 2. 

Removing the hurdles from the track, Isaak Easley dipped under 7-seconds for the first time in the 60, running 6.93 to win the event in a CO No. 2. 

On the topic of PRs, Jayden Nohr won the long jump in one, landing at 22-4 to win the event. Dylan Traut was a close second in 21-9.75.

Meanwhile Cameron Thomas continued to fly in the pole vault, clearing 16-feet for the second-consecutive time. He won the event with a 16-0.

Likewise, Charlie Lafore picked up his ninth-consecutive victory in the shot put, winning the event with a toss of 52-8.5.

Several days later there were some legit fireworks at the ATB 550 Pole Vault Meet #4

Kourtney Rathke cleared 13-2.5 to win the girl's competition, and  while that's impressive as a standalone, she unofficially cleared 13-10. The mark, while unofficial, is one-inch above the current state-record of 13-9. That's also Rathke's fifth-time over 13-feet this indoor season. Anna Willis took second here with a 12-8.5 clearance. Clearly, we've got a lot to be excited about once the outdoor season arrives! 

For the boys Cameron Thomas and Tyler Rowan both cleared 14-8. 


Colorado Mines HS Indoor Series #5

Steinhauer Field House, CSM Golden, CO
Jan 26, 2023
637 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (25)

Boys (17)

ATB 550 Pole Vault Meet #4

550 Gym Louisville, CO
Jan 28, 2023