Think of it is pre-state for the 1A crowd. They used to bill this one as the unofficial 1A state championship, but now that there's an official 1A state championship, there is no need for unofficial coronations.
Todge Ai-Cooper took the 100, but was turned aside in a bid for the double. Doing the turning aside was Walsh's Jonathan England. England had an even better result in the 400, going 50.72 for the win. That 50.72 is the new 1A 400 meter record. England is rapidly becoming one of the go-to guys Walsh needs to repeat as state champions. If you scroll down through the results to the team standings, you will see that--as of this moment--that bid to repeat as state champions is progressing very nicely.
Bethune's John Strobel dazzled the hurdle set, winning the 110s in 15.12 and the 300s in 40.37.
Holly did some serious lowering of the 1A 4x800 meter relay mark, taking it down to 8:34.79, about 20 seconds off the old mark.
After an extended layoff from track and field, Alexis Seifert seems to be getting her wheels back. She was speedy enough on Saturday to win the 200 and 400, plus finishing third in the 100. Her current curve of improvement has her aiming at being a serious contended for the state title in all three events, though there will be others with something to say about that.
Prairie's Sheyanne Warboys got two firsts and a second, but also got a serious preview of state competition when Shining Mountain's Ginger Hutton edged her in the 1600. For those for whom this is news, Shining Mountain has two Huttons.
Eads made sure Holly didn't have all the 4x800 fun. The Eagle girls ran 10:27.74 to win the relay. That mark would be a 1A classification record except for the fact that Eads runs and throws up to 2A.
Elbert took out their own 1A SMR record with a clocking of 1:56.12. It would appear the Bulldogs have the defense of that state title in view for this month.
While on the subject of 1A records, one that was easy to miss was Andrew Perry's 161-11. It's not easy getting recognition when you throw in the same meet as Daniel Weirich. Making it even better is the fact that this was two days in a row over 160 for Mr. Perry.
The girls team standings mark Elbert as a serious 1A contender. The absence of Jessica George from the Simla roster, however, has things a little confounded for the moment. We hope George is back, healthy, and at full speed for state.