Ana Holland and Valarie Allman had some fun with the Colorado record books this spring. Colorado Track XC file photos.
It will be a long time before we forget Colorado high school track and field 2013. And that's not even counting the bitter cold we endured all through March and April.
It was a season of records--many of them monster records. It was a season of great team performances.
Any list of top moments is bound to have some subjective elements, but here's my best take at the highlights of the season for Colorado's high school athletes (one highlight per athlete):
Trenton Stringari/USATF JO Nationals- From a moderately quiet CHSAA season, Stringari exploded in the summer club season. Eventually, he would finish second at USATF JO Nationals with a 400 meter hurdle time of 54.17.
Chyna Ries/World Youth Trials - Ries set her outdoor LJ PR at the World Youth Trials with a 20-4.5 (+1.0). The mark was good enough to qualify her for the World Youth Games.
Haley Showalter/Great Southwest - Although Showalter would get close on several other occasions over the summer, the 166-4 at the Great Southwest was her best 4kg hammer mark of the season and easily enough to win the meet. Showalter would spin the 3kg hammer out to 192-1 at the World Youth Trials, but the mark was not enough to win her a spot on the World Youth Championships USA team.
Alexa Chacon/State Track & Carly Lester/State Track - Chacon and Lester posted what were arguably the best 100H/300H combos at the state meet this spring. Not only were they the best combos this spring, they were the best combos in a good, long time. Chacon smashed her 3A records en route, winning the 100H in 14.23 (+0.3) and the 300H in 42.75. Lester won the 5A 300H in 42.32 and finished fourth in the 100H at 14.63. The 300H mark is believed to put her at #2 on the all-time Colorado rankings for that event.
10. Zac McCoy/State Track - The Canon City sprinter stunned a whole bunch of folks at the state meet winning the 400 in 47.85, taking second in the 100 in a wind legal 10.76, and winning the 200 in a new 4A state record of 21.05 (+0.0).
9. Katie Rainsberger/State Track - Rainsberger is the only one on this list who did not win a state title, but any other year in state history her 2:08.98 takes the 4A crown. It will be a long time before any of us who were there forget Rainsberger's battle against Cranny down the entire length of the finish straight. That second lap of the 800, by the way, clocked out at 61 seconds and change.
8. Marybeth Sant/Freddie Houston Meet of Champions - At 11.25 (+1.8), Sant posted what would stand as the fastest wind-legal 100 meter time in the nation this season
7. Valor Christian 4x200/State Track - It's easy to overlook relays, but it's tough to forget what the Valor boys (Christian McCaffrey, Bubba Watkins, Spencer Jamison, and Greg Popylisen) did with the baton at the state meet. There was, perhaps, a bit more adrenaline in prelims. Although they hung on against a very good Vista Ridge team for the title in finals, it was the prelims mark of 1:25.46 that set the new state all-time record.
6. Cherry Creek Girls/State Track - Cherry Creek broke the most unbelievable drought in Colorado high school sports history. For a school that had won everything else, and several times over, Cherry Creek had never won a state track and field title until this spring. Big performances by Jordyn Colter, Ashley Miller, Emily Romo, and Megan McCabe made the rain fall.
5. Elise Cranny/Boulder County Championships - It's difficult in the extreme to pick a single moment out of Cranny's season, because the season was a non-stop highlight reel. But, the breaking of Melody Fairchild's 1600 record at the BoCo Championships with a 4:47.56 takes top billing for now. Maybe with a couple year's (or more) worth of perspective, that judgment will change.
4. Bailey Roth/World Youth Games - Roth ran to 7th in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase finals but set his PR and US all-time #2 mark of 5:45.20 in prelims. Roth had run the 2000 Steeple all of twice before competing in that event in the World Youth Games
3. Valarie Allman/Texas Relays - Allman didn't waste any time getting the season started in a big way. Allman reset her personal best three times and the all-time state record twice. Her biggest throw of the spring came in Austin with a mark of 184-2.
2. Ana Holland/State Track Meet - Holland found her way to two Colorado records, and nearly a third, and climbed high on the US all-time 400 meter list by winning the 100, 200, and 400 at state in times of 11.33 (+0.0), 23.54 (-2.0), and 52.49.
1. Dior Hall/World Youth Games - Hall crushed the US all-time high school record for the 100 meter hurdles and claimed second at the World Youth Games with her 13.01 (+0.0) in finals.