For those who may have doubted, Shayna Yon made a few things clear early this afternoon. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It was not advertised in any form or fashion as a meet for high school athletes, but the high schoolers who showed up did everything they could to raise the quality of the meet.
And one thing is abundantly clear--there's a great deal to look forward to in the next several months of high school track and field.
First to show up was Mariah Walker. We're familiar with Walker as a shot putter and discus thrower, but she's adding to her repertoire. There's still some rough edges to be worked over, but Walker definitely intends to become as adept at the weight throw as she as with the other implements. And, yes, she did eventually get around to throwing the shot put today, too. The message she sent there was a big one--heaving the ball 45-11.75.
To put that throw into perspective, in the six-plus years of Colorado Track XC, the only Colorado high schooler to throw the shot farther than Walker's mark today is Megan Patterson.
It wasn't long, though, before outstanding marks were flying around the Cadet Field House like rumors.
Dior Hall stepped to the start line in the 60 hurdles and ignited a firestorm of anticipation. The national high school record for the 60 hurdles is 8.16. Last week, Hall ran a handheld time of 8.11. Handheld times don't count these days, but it was an ominous mark nevertheless. Today, Hall ran 8.27 FAT. To put that mark into perspective, we must compare Dior Hall to Dior Hall. She has run faster than that exactly twice in her entire high school career. Things are looking good.
Zane Vanderberg chased Jeremy Dodson all the way down the finish straight of the 400, finishing in 48.88 (and in second). If Vanderberg is running 48.88 on an indoor track now...
One heat later, Aaron Ragin posted a 50.56, also taking second in his heat.
A whole stable of thoroughbreds showed up for the womens 60 meter dash. Of all who showed up, however, Shayna Yon made the most of the opportunity. Yon chased Kori Hardaway all the way down the straight to finish in 7.60. That time vaults Yon into the national top five, at least for the moment.
But, as we said, Yon had company. Alexis and Alexandria Groce, Alexei Cox, and Daisha Stanley all finished under 7.90. This might be a good reason to start building some healthy respect for Cherokee Trail and George Washington sprint relays this spring. Cox will make plenty of noise of her own in the 4A ranks.
Beth DeLaurell stole a few second glances by finishing eighth in the mile at 5:37.87.
Jai'Shawn Thompson has already shaken off whatever off-season rust may have accumulated since the outdoor season. Thompson busted out with a 6.92 60 and backed it up with a 22.01 200. Place-wise, those times were good enough for a pair of sixes.
Trevor Cook ran 7.19 for the 60, not as good as his 7.05 of a month ago, but still enough to serve as a reminder. Chaparral's Devin Reasoner lived up to his preseason billing with a 2:00.50 opener, running in a heat that was essentially uncontested. Reasonable guy that he is, he will definitely be aiming for a stronger heat the next time around.
And, finally, Nick Garcia bumped his season's shot put mark up to 41-2.5. Do keep in mind that the collegiate ball is a lot bigger than its high school counterpart. Garcia is likely to think he's tossing golf balls around when he gets back to the high school sized implement.