You don't have to look long at the list of Simplot entries to find a lot of Colorado names who could do some serious damage before the weekend is over.
It's a long trip from almost anywhere in Colorado to Pocatello, Idaho. And, by most people's standards, February isn't the best time of year to make that trip. Still, hundreds do. And the results speak for themselves.
After a bit of a down year last year, Colorado appears to be poised to post some big marks and bring home some first-place hardware from Idaho.
Nowhere is that possibility more real than in the girls' explosive events--the 60, 60 hurdles, 200, long jump, and triple jump.
MaryBeth Sant, Chyna Ries, Christine Scott, Emily Romo, Zainab Sanni, Danielle Williams, Sierra Williams, Dior Hall, Kami Mendez, Kaylee Packham, and Vanessa Gillespie are all entered. For Sant, it's the 60 meters. For Ries, the 60 and the long jump. For Scott, the 60 and the 200. Ditto Romo. For Williams, the triple jump. Hall and Mendez in the hurdles. It goes on and on, and then on again. It's difficult to imagine a year, any year, where Colorado has brought more talent to the table in these events than we are seeing this year. And entries from all across the Rocky Mountain region and beyond will be seeing it as well.
Look for Chelsie Horton, Ana Holland, Payton Miller, and Grace Brittan in the 400. Kaela Edwards is a conspicuous name among the 800 entries. Tabor Scholl, Kelley Robinson, and Kristiana Oslund carry a similar status into the 1600. Curiously, if there's a Colorado entry in the girls 3200, I missed it entirely.
Carly Paul has the best credentials of the Colorado high jump entries, but will need to move her season-best marks up a little to fall into the places. McKenzie Comstock and Danielle Williams join Ries as highly-seeded long jump entries.
For the boys, there is another long list of very recongizable names, and a few expectations to go along with them.
Dillon Manzanares and Josh Holland figure to be among the last guys pole vaulting if things go according to the patterns we've seen thus far this indoor season. Tony Carodine is riding a very impressive hot streak in the long and triple jumps and must be considered a favorite in both events. Scott Carter, Lorne Jenkins, and John Reynolds join him in the horizontal jumps.
Shot putter Daniel Weirich finds himself as one of the favorites in a serious showcase event. Now a junior, we'll see how Weirich responds to the kind of pressure his performances have qualified him to enjoy.
On the track, Marcus Harris, Jaylyn Mars, Glen Taylor, Enyinna Isiguzo, Alex Mead, and Joey Scott aim make a memorable showing in the short sprint events. Jared Blake, Scott Carter, and Jace Horak will be looking to advance through the rounds of the 60 hurdles. Kordell Deffebaugh goes in as Colorado's top threat in a tough 400 field.
Thus far, indoor distance performances have been a little off this winter in Colorado on the whole, but Ed Cleary (1600), Chandler Reid (1600), and Justin Weinmeister will be among those trying to turn that trend on its head.
Keep checking back for results and summaries of the Colorado performances throughout the weekend. Some field event prelims and all 1600/3200 prelims will be contested on Thursday. As soon as those results become available, the results and a summary will be posted on Colorado Track XC.
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