The 4x100 was the third of four Fountain-Fort Carson winning relays on the day. Photo by Tim Hilt.
The first weekend in May held special significance. For the second time, the world would see the Avengers assemble on the big screen. For the track community on the Front Range a different kind of superhero team assembled, that is to say the Trojans of Fountain-Fort Carson.
Wearing the familiar vibrant red-and-blue, Fountain-Fort Carson swept every relay on the track at Garry Berry Stadium at Doherty High School's annual Spartan Invitational.
Individual Trojan victories were ubiquitous as Tevin Donnell won the 100m (10.86) and the 200m (21.33), Juan Sabino won the 400m (50.39), Benjamin Thomas won the 800m (1:55.61), Jequan Hogan won the high jump 6-3), and Jamarcus Mathis won the triple jump (42-09).
Aside from the pole vault and the 3200m, Fountain-Fort Carson scored in every event, but merely scoring in an event was rarely enough. In the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, both hurdle events, the triple jump, and the shot put the Trojans scored three athletes.
As the rain fell on the 4x400m at Gerry Berry, it set a cinematic scene for Fountain-Fort Carson's 230-point total. The nearest team could have tripled their effort and still would have fallen short.
It is yet to be seen how the Avengers sequel performed at the box office, but on the track there can be no doubt that the Fountain-Fort Carson show was a blockbuster.
Canon City's Trenton Stringari continues to excel in the hurdles. He bolted in front of the 2-3-4 contingent from Fountain-Fort Caron to finish the 300s in 37.83, nearly three seconds in front of the Trojans.
Throws also saw good performances with Sheldon Downs from Palmer throwing 51-03.75. The toss was over five feet farther than the nearest competition, which was, no surprise, two throwers from Fountain-Fort Carson.
2A junior Garrett Quintana of John Mall hurled the throw of the day with a 159-4 in the discus. Quintana's toss joins Jake Dunn's 1:56.03 in the 800m and Miguel Molas's crashing of the Fountain-Fort Carson sprint victory party as the most notable small school performances of the meet. Molas ran 10.91 in the 100m and 21.68 in the 200m to place 2nd and 3rd in those events.
For the girls the meet was not as centralized to a single team, but the performances did not suffer for it.
With the 3200m as the first event of the day, the field looked to Aubrey Till to set the tone of the meet. She did not disappoint. Till led all eight laps finishing in 11:04.04, a devastating 58 seconds ahead of the next runner.
Till was not the only girl to finish her race with ae enormous gap. Cammy Sargent of Green Mountain ran a circuit of the track to the tune of 57.57 leaving over two seconds between her and Kiara Mattern of James Irwin. Marlee Brown of Palmer also saw a big win. The junior won the 100H by almost a second running a season best time of 14.69.
Speaking of hurdles, Green Mountain's Bailey Sharon ran 46.01 in the 300H to beat Elinor Enderle of Canon City by 0.16. The leaning finish got the crowd to their feet in what was the most exciting race of the day for the girls.
Yet the girls performance of the meet may belong to Fountain-Fort Carson's Gina Coleman. Coleman swept both throws with a 38-9 in the Shot Put and a division topping 124-5 in the Discus.
The weather held out until the 4x400m when the dark clouds that had been haunting the stadium finally began to yield rain. Green Mountain's 4x400m didn't mind. The Rams ran a 4:04.12, nearly eight seconds ahead of the next team.
The performance capped a great day for the girls of Green Mountain as they beat Fountain-Fort Carson for the top spot in the team contest 111-100.