For those who had forgotten what she can do in a pair of spikes, Kaela Edwards offered a refresher course this last weekend. Photos by Ashley Green.
If the meet goes by the name of Liberty Bell and it's held in Littleton, Colorado, you know you want to pay attention. It doesn't matter if it's spring or fall.
This weekend was spring, and many of the biggest performances all season in the state were posted at the Littleton Public Schools stadium.
The weekend got off to a bit of a rough start on Friday with winds buffeting the stadium. But conditions improved, with the winds stayed light through most of the event, on Saturday and performances ratcheted up accordingly. You can pretty much pick your highlights.
Between relay legs, Littleton's Kaela Edwards blasted a 55.88 400 on Friday, and then let loose with a 55.08 on Saturday. To put those times into perspective, that is two marks roughly at least a second faster than anyone else in the state has run all season--regardless of conditions.
You could also choose Kirk Webb's 1:52.93 in the 800 as your highlight. Webb beat the Liberty Bell field by well over three seconds and beat his own season-best mark by just over a second. Webb's edge on the statwide competition now sits at 2.5 seconds.
You could opt for Chyna Ries in the long jump. It appears Ries has her board back, going 19-4 (+0.0) to win the long jump, and with loftier goals back in sight.
Maybe you're thinking it's time for some new blood to dominate something here in Colorado? If that's the case, then you're likely taking Pine Creek's Alleandra Watt's 200 as your performance of the meet. Watt's 24.61 (-1.2) beat favorites like Zainab Sanni, Emily Romo, and Chyna Ries--and not just by a step or two. And, Watt chipped in a couple of nice relay legs on the day as well.
Let's not forget that not every state sees a 13.53 100 hurdles performance whenever Dior Hall steps on the track.
Pomona's Jesse Dunn picked up a big win in the boys' 400 with a 48.17. Katie Weber of Fort Collins took her personal 300 meter hurdles standard below 44-flat for the season, joining a select group that should make for a rousing 5A state final. Thompson Valley (girls) and Smoky Hill (boys) crushed a couple of outstanding 4x800s. Devan Foster of Arapahoe posted a 2:14.15 800 to edge near the top of the rankings in the two-lapper.
Although he did not win the event (that honor went to Simon Hayes of Pine Creek at 22-0.0), Chase Thurgood of Fort Collins gave us another name to think about in the long jump, taking second at 21-10.25 (+0.0). As if Fort Collins didn't already have plenty of horses in the stable...
And speaking of Fort Collins, a lot of people came to Littleton hoping to see Raymond Bozmans obliterate something in the 200. It didn't quite work out that way as conditions never really quite converged for what might have been. Bozmans did easily dominate the event, but his biggest contribution on the day likely came in the 4x100. In one of the day's most exciting finishes (below), Bozmans battled Glen Taylor and Gavin McHenry down the finish straight, pushing the state's best 4x100 mark all the way down to 42.09. Grandview, Chaparral, and Harrison each finished in the 42s as well, making it easily the best 4x100 field the state has seen this season.
When you stop to consider that Fort Collins more than doubled the point total on their closest competition in this meet, you begin to realize just how dominant this team is capable of being. The Lambkins will have some decisions to make about event assignments in another couple of weeks but, as the saying goes, it's a good problem to have.
Meet Results and Photo Album