This week's big convocation of smaller schools took place in Elbert. If you're not a small school person, you probably don't have a clear idea where Elbert is. If you've run small school track and field in eastern Colorado any time in the last dozen or so year, you almost certainly have visited the Elbert track at least once. Over the years, this track has seen a lot of small school action, but few meets as big as this one.
If you're looking for people to fill the holes left by Alex Mead, Troy Johnson, and Ryan Moeller in 3A boys sprints, you might want to look to Sheridan's Omar Gallegos. At the very least, Gallegos figures to be in the mix in what should be a wide-open field.
Weld Central's Tyler Offner ended up being a good choice for a cover photo leading up to this meet. The Weld Central senior won the long jump at 21-5.75 (+0.7) and the triple jump at 42-1.25 (+0.8). Cody Bowen picked up a couple more event titles for the Rebels who picked up the win denied them in the Civil War.
Elbert's own Caleb Brown launched the discus 150-2 to win the event and put himself in a nice place in the 1A rankings.
Weld Central's girls lost a close one to Vanguard on the other side of the ledger. Vanguard's Rachel Hough went shorter this weeekend, and with success. Hough won both the 100 and 200. She won the 400 as well, but that falls more within the realm of familiar. Vernoica Burney scorched Logan Franek in an early-season pairing of two of the best small school 100 hurdlers. Burney also took a win in the high jump, but watched Vanguard's Jordyn Arcuri capture the 300 hurdles.
Ivannie Robertson of Weld Central won the shot put, making it two-for-two on Weld Central athletes who had cover photos on Colorado Track XC in the last week winning meet titles. There is no Sports Illustrated cover jinx at Colorado Track XC!