Zac McCoy didn't have the lead coming off the final turn of the 400, but he finishes better than most. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
It was a meet with an identity crisis. Florence was hosting the meet, but it was Canon City's new facility. The weather forecast called for strong winds in the afternoon, but only managed to deliver one brief gust just before the 3200s. The gust was enough, however, to take out the clerking tent. So, like Jonah at Nineveh, the rest of the clerking had to be done without shade. Unlike Noah at Nineveh, however, there wasn't enough time left in the sun to get all that uncomfortable and curse the conditions.
Canon City took to the meet like it was their home meet. Although the Tigers did not win either of the meet titles, they did enjoy a few very nice performances. Andrea Tuck outdueled TCA's Alexa Chacon all the way down the straight in the 100 hurdles, take a narrow wind-legal win of 15.32 to 15.36. The win gave Tuck a solid hold on the #2 position in the 4A 100 hurdles rankings. But, she was far from done for day. The Canon City senior went on the win the triple jump at 34-9 (+0.0) and finish second in the shot put at 32-11.75. The Canon City girls also got wins from Christine Conley in the long jump at 15-5.75 (-3.4) and Aubrey Till in the 1600 (5:17.76). Till's time gave an existing Canon City school record a little longer to live, but that record would be wise to ensure that its life insurance premiums are paid up. Till doesn't figure to miss many more times. Conley also added a second in the 400.
For the Tiger boys, the performance of the day was Zac McCoy's 49.26. With 80 meters to go, Pueblo County's Jordan Chavez appeared to have the race in hand, but McCoy found a gear the rest of the field never knew existed and sprinted to an easy victory over those final meters. McCoy becomes the third 4A runner to post a sub-50 400 mark on the season. Canon City also got two seconds out of Dylan Brant in the shot put and discus.
With almost every team in the meet on one end of spring break or the other, everyone had a few gaps in their rosters. On account of that, some eagerly anticipated matchups simply failed to materialize. But, there were some were still a few pretty nice marks to be had.
Vista Ridge turned over some familiar ground with Josh Lewis posting a 10.88 to win the 100 and Brandon Cartagena going 22.51 to win the 200, both marks were wind legal, and Cartagena's mark even came into a headwind. TCA got big performances from Shelby Stableford in the 3200 (11:23.42), Collin Scheer in the high jump (6-6), and a 3:30.52 from the boys' 4x400 that keeps them atop the 3A rankings in that event. Rye's Ty Van Oort won both the shot put and discus, but his 53-6.5 put goes down as a personal record--assuming I've not missed something--in that event.
The home-away-from-home Florence Huskies got individual event titles from Cortlynne Huppe in the high jump (5-0), Tyler Correa in the triple jump (41-2), and Makenna Green in the shot put (33-3.25).
Team titles went to TCA in a rout on the girls' side and, more narrowly, to Pueblo West on the boys' side. Remember this Pueblo West team in another year, however. The team is young and good now. As they mature, this team should become a very dangerous 4A boys entry.
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