Kirk Webb takes thrid place on the podium for the 800 meters. The winner of the event, Tyler Smith of Canada, ran 1:49.46. Contributed photo.
It's not that everything went right for Colorado on the day of finals. It didn't. Most notably, Dior Hall hit the fifth hurdle in the finals and missed her opportunity to bring home Simplot gold.
But, on balance, it was an outstanding day for the Colorado entries.
Probably nobody had a bigger day than Scott Carter of Elizabeth. Carter undid some frustration in the triple jump, winning with a leap of 48-11.5, putting him almost a foot ahead of the field. But Carter also came home with an 8th in both the long jump and 60 hurdles. In a meet that isn't regarded as conducive to high finishes in multiple events, Carter had a very successful weekend of it.
Chyna Ries won the long jump. And, although 19-6 no longer seems like a breakout jump for Ries, her middle name in this event has become consistency. Ries finds a way to win.
MaryBeth Sant took home 60 meter honors in 7.48 after baiting a few people with not-quite-revealing mark in the prelims.
But probably the one very few of us saw coming was in the boys 200. Alex Mead has been patiently working this event all winter. Somehow, though, the tight turns at Balch Field House must have been hiding Mead's full potential in this event. No matter, though, Mead splintered the Idaho State track for a 22.02 to win the title. The world of 3A track and field has now been officially served notice.
There was also a boatload of second-place finishes for those from Colorado. And these were no minor league seconds. Glen Taylor backed up Mead's title in the 200 with a 22.11. Christine Scott did her own second in the 60 at 24.37. Danielle Williams went 40-8 for second in the triple jump. Marcus Harris took second in the 60 at 6.86. Tabor Scholl, getting a head start on a much-anticipated rivalry with Kelley Robinson, ran an eye-popping 5:00.31 for second in the 1600. Tony Carodine went 23-1.25 for second in the long jump.
And thirds? Well, there were plenty of those to go around. As suggested above, Kelley Robinson ran third in the 1600. Kirk Webb shut the door on a week of illness, taking home third in a very tough 800 final. Jaylyn Mars went third in the 60. Ana Holland had a third in the 400, as did Kordell Deffebaugh on the boys' side of the ledger. And, finally, Colten Deters staked his claim to third in the shot put.
Several relay results and the girls 3200 results (which had no Colorado entries) have yet to be posted. Thus far, Colorado's only relay title came in the girls' 4x800 by the Ric Rojas club. I'm guessing that relay included Kelley Robinson and Rebecca Hermann, but even that is a bit of a shot in the dark.
Congratulations to all who ran so well this weekend, and best wishes for safe travel back to Colorado!