Midweek Review: Tying Off the Weekend's Loose Ends

Casey Young bested all other 110 hurdlers at the finals of the Liberty Bell Invitational on Monday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.


I must confess that I wasn't looking forward to waiting until the end of the weekend to write a review of the entire week's worth of track and field action. Too many of last weekend's meets got pushed into Monday and I didn't get results from a few others until Monday or Tuesday. So, this article represents an effort on my part to keep the writing demands this weekend from getting out of hand.


Fasten your seatbelts as we make a whistlestop tour of some recent meets.


High Altitude Championships


This one did run as scheduled on Saturday, but I didn't get any results until later. Kristjian Mauloff of Monte Vista, in addition to having one of the most difficult names to spell in Colorado high school track and field, is looking the the 3A boy to beat in the discus. It won't be an open-and-shut case, but the burden of favorite seems to fall in his shoulders.


Alamosa's Jenny DeSouchet continues to whittle down her 800 meter time. She's definitely competitive at this point and she's still on a steeper curve of improvement than most. Keep an eye out for her at state. Her intentions with respect to the 1600 remain a little more mysterious. She's run it a time or two this season, but opportunities to get that down to a time commensurate with her standards are few at this point. We'll see what happens this weekend as Alamosa travels to the Doherty Spartan Invitational.


Sierra Geroux may score all of Custer County's points at state, but she will definitely be heard from at state. Her marks in all three jumping events continue to impress.


And, speaking of jumpers, Toni Stoll and Gabby Pajak of Pagosa Springs are back to approaching their state meet marks from last year. 3A jumps are already pretty competitive and these two will only make it all the more so.


Meet Results

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights



Liberty Bell Invitational


Several people on the forum have already more or less declared this one the meet of the season. And it's hard to argue with them. The length of the list of fabulous marks defies belief. Whatever forces converge to produce great marks, they were there in abundance at this meet.


Three girls under 12.00 in the 100. Two sub-5s in the 1600. Six girls below 25 in the 200. A 10:43 for Eleanor Fulton in the 3200.


Five boys recording 100 times at 10.75 or under. A brush with death for a 30-year-old all-classification 1600 meter record (the record lives on, but in mortal fear of what is yet to come). 200 meter times of 21.16 and 21.21.


This was one spectacular meet!


On-Site Coverage

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights


El Paso County Small Schools Championship


I'm not sure what it means and Coach Mike Caton isn't telling me (actually, I'm not asking, either--I enjoy the intrigue and it would spoil it all if he did tell me), but Tiffany Kenney stepped to the line and ran a 59.23 400. That has the potential to confuse a few things at the 3A level. For good measure, Kenney and teammate Tori Cox send another message in the 100 hurdles. Figure there's likely to be two yellow singlets in center lanes at the 3A 100 meter hurdle finals.


For those wondering, TCA made this meet something of an 800 and 1600 meter fest. Since it was a last meet of the season for several athletes, our entries in the laned events were mostly devoted to those athletes. Unlimited entries in the 800 and 1600 gave us an opportunity to let several athletes take a shot at running longer distances. And some did very well. Most don't want to make a habit of running the 800, however.



Greeley Central Late Season Invitational


Most postponed meets take a serious hit in terms of attendance. Either this one was a monster meet to begin with or it didn't take much of a hit. Lots of people were happy Greeley Central HS made this one happen.


Among the happiest were Allie Parks, who posted a very nice 11:06 in the 3200. This is, by far, the best track season yet for Parks.


Eaton's Mel Herl looks like a better thrower almost every meet she goes to. Her curve of improvement is a big part of the reason Eaton has quietly become a serious contender in 3A girls. And, speaking of Eaton, I'm not sure if a brother-sister duo have ever been crowned state champions in the same year, but Gunnar and Ryleigh Haynes are taking aim at exactly that distinction. Although this writer has some serious skin in the 3A sweepstakes, it's hard to root against something like that happening.


Meet Results

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights



Joe Shields Invitational


For those who follow the throwing events closely, take note that Clint Myers of Salida is back in the shot put ring. I'm guessing this means that post-season wrestling is done for Myers and he is now hot in pursuit of defending his 3A shot put title. In any case, he's off to a good start.


Mostly, however, it doesn't appear as if conditions were very favorable for a track meet in Kremmling on Monday.


Meet Results



Montezuma-Cortez Invitational


This isn't likely to be the year it happens, but don't be surprised if Ignacio's Adam Herrera completes a 100/200/400 sweep in 2A before he graduates. He didn't run the 400 at this meet (though he has run it at other meets), but the Bobcat freshman did sweep the 100 and 200 at this meet. A lot can happen to an athlete over the course of a high school career, but he stays the course and keeps working, Herrera looks like one who can have a great high school career.


Cortez's Max Demby continues to have a nice year in the long jump. And, the 6-3 posted by Mancos's Kenny Philpot should be enough to warrant some 2A high jump attention.


Meet Results



YW County Area Prequalifier


It was all 1A and 2A schools at this meet. The northeast Colorado schools seem to shrink on a yearly basis, but there are still some great track and field programs among them.


Although Elbert is a long haul from Yuma, Elbert and hurdler Logan Franek showed up. Franek's efforts were rewarded with two hurdle titles. Akron's girls relays are hitting on all cylinders, but Sedgwick County did slip in a bit of an upset in the 4x100. Makenzie Ault continues to impress.


On the boys' side, nobody will be surprised to learn that Wray won three of four relays. In fact, if there is any surprise there, it's that they didn't win all four. Yuma bested them in the 4x400, however. Shane Terrell's 13-3 pole vault mark gets a few raised eyebrows. For good measure, he won the triple jump as well. At the very least, Yuma will create some consternation for the 2A powers this spring. Yuma is the kind of team that can mess up the points you hoped you were getting in several events.