No doubt about it, this was the big meet of the weekend. It lived up to all expectations, and probably then some.
While we all understand that team scores have to be taken with a grain of salt at any invitational, and especially so on this weekend, you couldn't help but notice Loveland nearly tripling the score on everyone in the girls' field. You also had to be impressed with how closely matched 4A boys contenders Broomfield and Longmont were, right behind 5A ThunderRidge.
It sounds like a broken record to keep talking about it, but the Loveland girls' relays were on fire. This time it was 48.38 in the 4x100 and 1:41.80 in the 4x200. Next-door neighbor Thompson Valley beat Loveland (as well as cross-town rival Mountain View) in the 4x400, but also dropped the first sub-4 4x400 of the season to get it done.
It's not as if Loveland threw everything at the relays, either. Kaylee Packham won the 100 and 300 hurdles. Stefanie Tuder went second in the 100 and first in the 200. Taylor Buschy went second in the 200 and first in the 400. Sometimes, you just have to know that you're surrounded--and outgunned. And, by the way, the Loveland throws aren't doing badly, either.
Speaking of throws, Megan Patterson and Valarie Allman pitched new season-best (all classification) marks in the shot put and discus, respectively. Actually, they ended up trading off firsts and seconds in those events.
Addy Neibauer pushed the season standard for the girls' pole vault to 11-2.
Can we talk about the boys now?
Not quite yet. You may have missed it, but Christine Scott is officially back on the track, winning her first 100 in 12.15 (-0.5).
Now we can talk about boys.
Let's start with Harrison Einspahr. His day can be summarized by 10.79 (+0.2) and 21.82 (+0.4). Those kind of times are going to be highly destructive in 4A.
It must have been fun to see Keifer Johnson sandwiched between the Boulder County duo of Kirk Webb and Richard Sanchez in the 800, all three at 1:56.01 or faster. What do you suppose, did any of these guys get any training done over the winter months? In case anyone was doubting his fitness, Webb won the 800 after winning the 1600 in 4:19.69.
Longmont's Braden Hitchcock is starting to look more and more the part of a legitimate top-tier 300 hurdler. It's a whole new world on the south side of 40 seconds, and Hitchcock just found himself there with a 39.93.
Poudre running a 3:23.20 4x400? Take note of that, 5A types.
Wait a minute, hold the phone, did I notice the same name winning all three jumps? I did! A big high five to ThunderRidge's Brandon Rodewald: 6-4, 22-4, and 44-0. Nice marks for the end of March, even if the weather has been unusually cooperative.
And while we're on the subject of, "Did I just see that in the results?" take a look at the boys shot put results. I think Longmont has found themselves a shot put contender in the person of Marcus Johnson. Three-quarters of an inch short of 50 feet. That one just might eat at Mr. Johnson all week long.
Could you have asked for a better meet in March? I don't think so.