Damacio Vigil became another 4A hurdler of concern with a dominating win in the 110s at Friday's La Junta Tiger Relays. All photos by Alan Versaw.
La Junta is typically warmer than most of the rest of the state. But, the weather in La Junta isn't necessarily any better. Yesterday, it was both. To be sure, the weather threatened a time or two, but never stepped up and delivered on those threats.
So, while a number of meets yesterday closed up shop, even in characteristically balmy Grand Junction, the La Junta Tiger Relays enjoyed superb conditions.
We already know about the record-breaking mile at the Tiger Relays, but an entire high school meet wrapped itself around Tabor Stevens' run to a moment of glory.
Aubrey Till got things started by shaving three seconds off her state-qualifying mark with an 11:24 3200. Perhaps more importantly, she helped pull Pueblo West's Ava Barrier to an 11:46--putting her squarely into contention for a state-qualifying berth.
Shortly thereafter, Coronado's Adam Egger got his season's 3200 credentials under 10 minutes. Right on his heels were Zach Watson and Blake Davis of Lamar. Davis's 10:05 leaves him behind only Thompson Valley's Logan Simington for freshman 3200s.
With the helping as much as it could (+1.9), Pueblo County's Damacio Vigil won the 110s at 15.17, vastly improving his 4A standing in the event.
Ashley Snyder twice held off Kim's Zariah Mason, once in the 100 and again in the 200, but the Kim freshman is mostly assuredly the real deal. Mason actually had the faster prelims time in the 200, but that may simply reflect a senior's experience and the understanding of how to get to finals without burning as much high-grade to get there.
That little extra Snyder likely saved paid off with a 59.37 400, a chart-topper for 3A.
Canon City's Elinor Enderle unleashed a vicious 5:14.66 1600. That effort, once again, left Ava Barrier in second. But, I'm inclined Barrier will take her 5:16.01 without lodging any complaints about the competition. Air Academy's Lilli Hamilton was another beneficiary of the quick pace, finishing at just over 5:20.
And, who knows, maybe some of the buzz of the men's elite mile was still in the air when the girls 1600 went to the track. In any case, those are very quick times.
Not too many minutes later, Air Academy's Luc Hagen was clipping off a 4:29 1600.
In field events, Air Academy's Nikol Podlacha had the big throw with a discus mark of 135-4, beating Courtney Clark by ten feet. For their efforts, Podlacha now trails only Keely Parish and Haley Showalter in the state rankings, while the Colorado-School-of-Mines-bound Clark sits comfortably in the #2 seat for 3A.
Brenna Vallejos and Jose Flores took advantage of nice conditions to extend their triple jump marks on the season, Vallejos going to 35-4 and Flores to 42.5.75.
And in the pole vault, contested Thursday in Pueblo, Palmer Ridge's Kyle Rex found his way to 14-2.
The coaches at the Tiger Relays were smiling, and with good reason. Most of them knew all too well what conditions were like along the Front Range while their teams were posting some very nice performances in the Queen City of Otero County.