Widefield's Bethany Rodrigues surprised a few folks and won the 4A 400 out of lane seven. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Note: I've been careful not to reveal marks of athletes who moved into top-18 ranked positions today or who were in vulnerable positions and moved up. For now, the only marks you'll find listed are of athletes who were already safely into the state meet.
For a long portion of Thursday afternoon, a track meet seemed the least likely thing to happen in Colorado Springs today. And, in fact, if the meet had been scheduled for anywhere near the north end of town, there would have been no meet today. Hail remains piled up on streets all across the northern end of the city as Colorado Springs turns in for bed.
But, all of the CSML schools got to Garry Berry safely and the meet began only 15 minutes behind its appointed start time.
Team leaders after one day of competition are Fountain-Fort Carson boys and Rampart girls in 5A, and The Classical Academy in both boys and girls in 4A.
Ashlyn Hare already has two league titles under her belt with a 36-6 triple jump and a 5-10 high jump. Just about as surprising was Andrea Willis' 12-0 winner in the 4A pole vault. Other girls field event winners included RaeAnn Queener (4A high jump), Gina Coleman (5A girls shot), Jesslyn Kiepke (5A Girls pole vault), and Ebone Gordon (4A girls shot).
Brian Bito of Mesa Ridge captured the 4A boys long jump title, Austin Brant the 4A boys discus, and Dalton LeFever of Woodland Park the 4A boys pole vault. Other field event winners included Brad Mattison (5A Boys pole vault), Dionne Taylor (5A boys long jump), and Adrian Brukner (5A Boys discus).
Most of the day's track events were preliminary rounds, but Pine Creek took a sweep of the 5A 3200s with the familiar names of Kaleigh Kroeker and Zachary Alhamra. Aubrey Till buried the 4A Girls 1600 field at 5:14.87, and Tanner Norman was comfortably ahead of the 4A Boys 1600. 400 titles went to Nick Deray (48.97), Duane McClurkin (47.97), Heide Baron (57.17), and Bethany Rodrigues of Widefield. Only the last of those qualifies as even a slight upset.
TCA swept the 4A 4x800 crowns, with Fountain-Fort Carson way out in front of 5A Boys and only slightly less convincingly ahead Coronado for the girls crown. Rampart left the track with the 5A SMR8 title. 4A 4x200s went to Widefield (girls) and Harrison (boys).
Results coming on Saturday