Week in Review: January 7 - 13

Liam Meirow and Jack Robb lean into the turn, leading the field through the opening lap of the 800 meters at the CSM HS Indoor Open on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.

It isn't often that a weekend of Colorado high school indoor meet action is spread across three different venues, but it was this weekend. And, no matter which of the three venues you were competing at, it beat running outside this weekend. Let's take a closer look at what we learned, and what names we'll need to start learning to get familiar with, from this weekend's action.


Air Force All-Comers Meet

The south Denver metro area contingent converged on the Cadet Field House in considerable numbers on Saturday. Emily Romo and Sarah Clough posted a pair of nice times each, with Romo going shorter and Clough going longer. Tashay Brown made it three high schoolers in the 25s for the 200. Romo tied Lyons graduate Rachel Hinker for the best 60 meter time on the day.

Chloe Rogers didn't have quite the same day in the high jump that she had last time she competed in the Cadet Field House, but maybe a 36-10.5 in the triple jump makes up for that.

Travlor Skudneski continues his run of very solid early season performances, adding a 22.50 and a 50.45 to his season's list of top marks. Castle View's Tanner Townsend demonstrated there's not much rust accumulation on his machine, either.

Meet Results

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights

Colorado School of Mines HS Open

The article linked below should (mostly) suffice for coverage of Saturday's events, but the meet wasn't over on Saturday. They ran it over into Saturday. I'm not sure how the Mines folks feel about continuing this as a two-day kind of meet in years down the road, but it did make for an uncluttered and easy-to-navigate infield for the track events on Saturday.

On Sunday, the big event was Niwot's Lorne Jenkins sending a 22-5 missile into the long jump pit. That's a lot of long jump for a cold day, even if it was a good deal warmer in Steinhauer Field House than it was the first step out the doors. Daniel Weirich added a couple of feet to his season-best mark in the shot put.

While it doesn't show in the summary of highlights below, it's still worth noting that Zainab Sanni won the girls long jump at 16-10. That's starting to reach into the range where a few  of the established veterans in that event start glancing nervously back over their shoulders.

And, finally, this meet may have served to uncover at least one new--to my eyes, anyway--considerable talent in the person of Cherokee Trails Shayna Yon. You're most likely to find her in the blocks. There doesn't appear to be any shortage of girls sprint talent for this spring.

On-Site Coverage

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights

Fort Collins Track Club Indoor All-Comer

If the long jump posted last week by Chyna Ries had you wondering, this week's jump should put any doubts to rest. Ries is back in familiar territory out beyond 19 feet. With rumors rampant all weekend that Chyna Ries is headed to Denver East this spring (and likely taking her sister Maya with her), it may be time to start counting potential points for the Angels once the the transfer rule waiting period expires.

Of at least equal note to Ries's long jump and rumored transfer, however, should be Rachel Pott's shot put of 41-9.25. Ladies and gentleman, we have a contest emerging in the 5A girls shot put for this spring. This little pitch of the put places Pott precisely where she needs to be to make Grandview's Adaeze Obinnah a little nervous about prospects for this spring. And that should make for some interesting throws results to come.

There were some nice performances on the boys side of things as well. It would appear that Casey Lewis of Arvada West is a name I need to familiarize myself with where 5A boys sprints are concerned. The 60-meter mark shows in the meet highlights below, but his win in the 200 was perhaps the more impressive. AW track may be awakening from a period of slumber, just as cross country did this fall. 

Alec Willard also took a nice 8.25 ride over the hurdles. The headwind you thought you perceived there was merely everyone simultaneously drawing their breath as he headed toward the finish line. And Connor Turnage seems to be bent on validating his status as an early favorite in the 5A boys triple jump.

GW's Darby Gilfillan posted the top girls 1600 of the weekend with a 5:28.81 for the win.

Meet Results

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights