In two short years the Stutler Bowl Twilight has quickly
become one of the highest quality meets in Colorado. After last years historical and near
historical performances by Jordyn Colter and Paul Roberts, this year's edition
had a lot of success to live up to.
The fine folks at Grandview High School and Cherry Creek
High School are on to something here. They've managed to bring together 12-15 quality teams, capped the size
of the meet...even turning away schools, which has produced an extensive waiting
list. All that is necessary, however,
otherwise there's no way this meet could be completed in the five to five-and-a-half-hour time frame on a calm and pleasant Friday afternoon/evening.
The first two highlights occurred early on as Mountain Vista
swept both 4x800 relays. Vista Nation's boys posted an 8:02.64,
winning by over twenty seconds, while their girl's won in 9:37.35, ten seconds
ahead of Broomfield's solid quartet.
Not long after that Fort Collins' Audra Koopman, regaining
the form of her freshman year, won the 100 meter dash to go along with a
victory in the long jump and was runner-up to Broomfield's Brenna Chase in the
200 meter dash. Max Borghi of Pomona
took the boys century in 11.04. Quite
solid considering the decent headwind and stiff competition that he faced from Broomfield's
Jordan Xiong and Cherokee Trail's KJ Sapp.
Both of the 1600 meter races offered highly anticipated match-ups. In the girls edition, Fort Collins' Lauren
Gregory, recently returning from injury, faced upstart Brie Oakley of
Grandview. Oakley shot straight to the
front--nervous of Gregory's presence--whereas Gregory took a more
conservative approach the first 300 meters.
At that point Gregory moved out of the pack and onto Oakley's
shoulder. It remained that way for two
laps. However, it was apparent that
Gregory still needs time to return to form, especially in facing a talent such
as Oakley. Thus the Grandview junior eased
away over the final 600 meters to win going away in 4:57, at least her fourth
time under five minutes this spring. Gregory struggled coming home and faded to fourth behind Jordan Herrera
of Cherokee Trail and Lillian Markusch of Cherry Creek.
The boy's race set up just the opposite, as it was a
tactical affair the first half, heading out on 4:36 pace. This seemed to play into the hands of the
favorite, Monarch's Isaac Green. Lyons' Paul Roberts, however, no slouch himself, made a surprise move
with 350 meters to go - undoubtedly to gain an advantage before Green's
devastating kick surfaced. In the
process, the strength that Roberts possesses allowed him to close in a
ridiculous 58 seconds flat and defeat Green by nearly 4 seconds. Roberts' splits...2:18 - 2:05!
Other highlights from the oval included Palmer Ridge's
Brandon Pappas coming from behind to take the 800 in 1:56.21 over Jarrett
Thollot of Thompson Valley and David Moore of ThunderRidge. Caleb Ojennes, also of Palmer Ridge, set a
meet record in the 200 at 21.92. Broomfield's 4x200 foursome ran a very quick 1:28.61. Fort Collins won a razor-thin battle in the
4x100 with a 43.12 to the 43.13 from Broomfield and 43.15 of Pomona. And to no one's surprise, Palmer Ridge
swiftly ran 3:20.12 in leading eight teams under 3:30 in the 1600 meter
The girl's side saw Delaney Smith of Cherry Creek win the
300 hurdles in a very nice time of 45.12. A nice race ensued in the 400 meter dash, as Fort Collins' Jasmine
Chesson eased past Niwot's Mackenzie Fidelak late, 57.28 to 57.88. Becca Schulte, also of Fort Collins, made a
rare move up to the 800 meters and finished in a flurry to win in 2:15.12 over
a strong field. Hannah Capek of Palmer
Ridge ran away with the 3200 in a very solid time of 11:06.
Niwot won the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays,
all with excellent times, especially the 4x400 with a 3:55.16 time and holding off
Schulte and Fort Collins, who ran 3:55.91. ThunderRidge went sub-4 as well.
Likely the biggest highlight of all occurred in the boy's
high jump. Cherokee Trail's David
Thornton easily and quickly dispatched of the field when he cleared 6-6,
leaving several tied for second at 6-2.
Thornton then had the bar raised to the milestone and personal record height
of 7-0. Much to the delight of the
growing crowd, he easily cleared that. According
to the Rutherford Lists, Thornton's clearance ties him for seventh all-time in
Colorado history. Two of his three
attempts at 7-1 were quite close as well.
Some other performances from the field events of note
include the following. Pomona's Hannah
McClure won the shot put at 40-0. Cherry
Creek's Avery Paxton took an exciting pole vault competition clearing 11-6,
with good attempts at 12-1. Field-event-deep Cherokee Trail, claimed another victory when Kj Sapp took the long jump
sailing out to 22-9. Finally, Davis
Butte set multiple PRs en route to scaling 15-6 in the pole vault. Connor Roberts of Cherry Creek and Ezekiel
Johnson of ThunderRidge succeeded at 14-6, as ten vaulters in all made at least
Cherokee Trail claimed both team titles.
The CT girls, defending state champions, prevailed over Fort
Collins. The two appear to be the top two
teams in 5A presently. Three-time
defending champ Niwot, and one of the favorites again in 4A (along with The
Classical Academy), wasn't too far back in third.
CT's boys stamped themselves as a title contender in 5A, as
they prevailed over a quality Broomfield squad.