Records Fall At The Broomfield Shootout

Home meet.

Senior year. 

You've cleared 13-feet in the pole vault twice outdoors already. And you've won two-consecutive outings in the event. 

Add that it's your birthday. 

So was the case for Lilly Nichols at Saturday's Broomfield Shootout in Broomfield, Colo. 

While the sun hid behind the clouds and was replaced by a light wind Saturday afternoon, the Broomfield senior didn't let the elements deter her from capping her birthday as best as she could. 

Nichols cleared 13-4 to win the girl's pole vault. The performance added a few inches to her state-leading mark, and it's a US No. 2

Add that it was a meet record.

And the cherry on top (as if one was needed when you win your home meet in a meet record on your birthday) -- it tied her personal best from 2022. 

Likewise, Kourtney Rathke has a massive day of her own. 

The Peak to Peak senior finished second to Nichols in the pole vault, clearing 12-10, but it was her long jump that really turned heads, dropped jaws, you name it. 

Rathke won the event with a leap of 19-11. 

Not only was that a monstrous personal best (her previous best was 19-2), but it's a Colorado No. 1 by well over a foot, and it's US No. 2

Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, we're barely halfway into this recap we've already mentioned two top-2 national marks.

That's how loaded the 2024 edition of the Broomfield Shootout was. 

Rathke's performance in the long jump put her inside the Top-7 in Colorado over the past 20 years. 

Sticking with the team of national caliber performances, cue in Kaeli Powe

The Cherokee Trail junior leapt to a nation-leading, meet record of 40-4.25 in the long jump. 

It was Powe's first competition outdoors, though the performance was just shy of her 40-5.5 indoor PR from several months ago. 

We've seen the Colorado triple jump state record fall twice in recent years. With Powe already leaping beyond 40-feet, we've got to ask the question...

Will Agur Dwol's state record of 42-5.5 be threatened this year? Or Next?

Sure, two feet is a long way when you're already this good. But consider that last year Powe's outdoor PR was 39-5.5, which came in June, and that she opened her season with a 37-5.5. 

Kahari Wilbon sprinted his way onto the radar during the indoor season. And he's continued his dominance into the outdoor season. 

The Cherokee Trail senior picked up an impressive double over a stellar sprints field Saturday. Add that with his two victories came two meet records. 

Wilbon first kicked away to win the 400 in a meet record of 48.08. Then he doubled back to win the 200 by less-than half a stride, clocking 21.61 - a meet record - to Vista Ridge's Kobe Dooley, who finished second in 21.64.

Wilbon's performance Saturday put him on top of the state rankings in the 200 and the 400. 

And to finally cap this recap, we'll end where we started: the pole vault. 

Like Nichols, Tyler Rowan headed to the Broomfield Shootout with two consecutive victories to his name. And like Nichols, he extend the streak to three by the end of the day, a state-leading markand - say it with me now - a meet record.

And a new PR.

The 5A defending state champ soared over a foot above the competition, clearing 16-1 to win the event.