It's difficult to say what was producing more heat in the Cadet Field House on Sunday--an overachieving heating system or the athletes on the track. In any case, it felt like summer down on the competition level of the indoor track facility. The ice at the hockey arena next door probably wasn't doing so well.
Almost before anyone could get their bearings, Megan McCabe and Mariah Walker had set new standards for the indoor season. McCabe's 11-5.75 in the pole vault just gets her back closer to where she was last spring, but Walker's 46-2.5 extends last week's PR throw by another three inches.
Once Carly Paul got a few kinks in her approach worked out, the high jump was her sole property. The field, which included Ashlyn Hare, found the answers increasingly more difficult to come by as Paul kept making clearances. For this day, Paul found her limit at 5-5.75--easily a new standard for the Colorado indoor season.
At the long jump pits, Connor Turnage became the first in the state this season to venture beyond 22 feet, though Ron Sweeten came within a couple inches of the standard as well. Chyna Ries dominated the girls long jump, but came up just short of the 20-foot mark. Shayna Yon ended her series at 18-3.
It took a while to get the track events off the start line, but, once they did, Ryan Younggreen and Dior Hall dominated the 60 hurdles, winning in near-identical times of 8.36 and 8.33, respectively. As a mental note to meet directors for this spring, do make sure your timing systems are in full working order if either Holy Family or George Washington are coming to your meet. The show should be pretty good, and you don't want to be digging for the stopwatches.
The 400s provided a nice little showcase for Kevin McClanahan (50.40, photo right) and Payton Miller (57.39). If these two stay healthy, they're going to be a load of trouble in 4A this spring. If you're tempted to be unimpressed by McClanahan's win, take a moment to check out who was in second.
The boys 1600 featured a nice little showdown between Michael Duran and Dominic Compoz. No doubt aware of Duran's 4:19 1500 last week in Boulder, the field was giving Duran plenty of space up front in the early going. Somewhere about lap three, however, there was a collective realization made that Duran wasn't taking full advantage of the respect given, and the race was on. The lead group stayed tight through most of five laps before Compoz simply broke from the peloton. Duran gave chase, but Compoz wasn't coming back this time, winning in 4:41.39. Truth is, I thought this was a mile, but the results show it as a 1600. If someone comes back and tells me the results are in error about the distance, I can make the fix.
There was no similar drama in the girls 1600. Kaleigh Kroeker put the hammer down and pounded on folks. Do not be misled by Kroeker's size, she can do some serious pounding, as Ahsley Litoff can attest. Kroeker wins in 5:25 in an uncontested effort.
But is was mostly the 60s that people came and sweated in the seats for.
While the girls 60 was undeniably the showcase event of the entire meet, the boys 60 was an exceptionally good act as well. If only it could have been called the warm-up act...
But, it couldn't, on account of A) Things were already plenty warm, and B) it was after the girls 60.
As usual, prelims were mostly an exercise in the favorites getting through to finals. And, for the most part, that's exactly what the favorites did. Finals provided an outstanding showdown between Kossi Tchenawou and Jai'Shawn Thompson. Tchenawou got the better of it this time, 6.85 to 6.90. Jacob Peterson and Trever Cook were just over 7-flat in third and fourth.
For Jai'Shawn Thompson, there would be redemption later in the evening with a win in the 200 at 22.04. Worth noting here is that second in the 200 at 22.29 was Greg Pearson. The team listing for Pearson is Jaguar Track and Field, which should associate with D'Evelyn. But, the only Greg Pearson we have in the database associates with Englewood and didn't see a whole lot of track time last spring. Somebody has a bonus 200-meter guy this spring who hasn't previously been on our radar screen. Take due note.
Ally Watt, Chyna Ries, and Shayna Yon gave us perfunctory efforts in the prelims of the girls 60. Each knew this day wasn't about prelims. Even with measured efforts in prelims, however, they seeded together in the middle of the track for finals.
It was a pitched battle all the way down the straight with Watt's finishing speed being the determining factor, edging Ries 7.43 to 7.46. Yon was just slightly behind at 7.51. The times easily came in as season-best marks for all three. We'll probably see this match-up again at some point...
Ally Watt would come back in the 200 and run a US#1 mark of 24.31. When she gets the look on her face, she can hit like a linebacker. Dior Hall would take second in the 200 in a very respectable 25.01.
In a quick tour of other meet highlights, Austin Williams came over from Cedaredge to win the shot put at 46-8, while Tyler Russell sent a few ripples through the high jump community with a win at 6-6.75. For the girls, take note of Katie Rainsberger warming up her season at 2:20 for 800 meters, and Maya Ries winning the triple jump at 36-1.5 after confusion about which take-off mark she was using. Ries believed she was jumping from 28, but the official believed 24 and marked as same. So, though it doesn't show in the results, we could be talking about a 40-foot triple jump here.
If Ries triple jumps in the CHSAA-sanctioned season, we could have a new 5A favorite here.