The boys 5A 4x800 lived up to the hype!
Mountain Vista and Cherokee Trail had a race for the ages!
The battle went down the final leg, where Cherokee Trail held the edge, but a heart-breaking dropped baton turned the tables into Mountain Vista's hands.
And Tyler Downs took full advantage.
The Mountain Vista senior torched his two laps to help Vista Nation take down Smoky Hill's 7:45.10. 22 year-old state record - a record run before anyone on the squad was born.
Mountain Vista stopped the clock at 7:42.58, which is a US No. 4.
Cherokee Trail battled hard despite the setback, and were rewarded with a 7:45.69 - a US No. 11.
The first day of the 2023 Colorado State Championships did not disappoint!
We've got a ton of photos and videos and interviews from Day 1 that we'll be loading here: