Sometimes you can tell athletes all you want about holding back a little on the first day of state, and adrenaline still takes over. Maybe that explains what happened at state today.
Records were falling like rain, and not just in 1A where there is only one year of state meet history. In 2A/3A, The Classical Academy was the first to take out a state meet record, running the SMR8 in 1:48.25. It didn't take long for another to fall when Sierra Williams of Cedaredge ripped an 11.86 (+1.1).
At that point, it essentially became open season on records. In 3A, Alex Mead took the 100 meters mark down to 10.78 (+1.8), Sierra Williams took the girls 200 down to 24.53 (+0.0), Alexa Chacon lowered the 100 hurdles mark to 14.88, Cedaredge smashed the 4x200 record with a 1:42.91, and The Classcial Academy took five seconds off their own 4x800 mark from two years ago, running 9:24.95.
In 2A, Nederland shaved several seconds off their classification's 4x800 record, running a 9:42.86.
1A's records lack the historical pedigree of the records of other classifications, but several went the way of the dinosaur nevertheless. Anna Kindvall of Merino sent the discus mark to 108-6. Kylie Alexander upped the pole vault mark to 10-3. Birdie Hutton lowered her own 3200 mark to 11:49.83. Alex Duarte ran the boys 3200 in 10:22.77 for antoher record. And, Alberto Gutierrez long jumped 20-8.25 (+1.9) for the final record of the day.
Records aside, the team races seemed to stay mostly on track in each of the small school classifications and genders.
In 3A, TCA had a solid day in the 4x800 and 3200 for both boys and girls, though Colorado Springs Christian threw a serious scare into the Titans in the boys 4x800 before succumbing, 7:59.85 to 8:03.05. Rifle advanced their sprinters and got a nice pole vault result out of Brando Kittle to keep their boys train on track. Faith Christian, who needs everything to go right, collected all the points they could have reasonably expected with a 1-2 in the discus by Derek McCartney and Grayson Bundick, plus a 1-7 in the 3200 courtesy of Evan Fortney and James Marquardt. Eaton's girls didn't have many opportunities to score points on day one, but they keep their relays alive into finals, as well as advancing several sprinters to finals. Ryleigh Haynes did collect seven points for the Reds in the high jump. The prelims advancement picture was much the same for Berthoud
Suffice it to say that both 3A team contests are still very much undecided.
At the 2A level, Lyons enjoyed a very good day. Whether boys or girls, just about everything Lyons did today came up roses, including a win for Nola Basey in the high jump and another for Forrest Donnell in the long jump. The Lions got a better-than-expected result in the girls 4x800 and advanced both 4x200s to finals.
It was also a solid day for Telluride. Lindsey Stindt moved up a few places over her seed to finish second in the long jump. Stindt, Emy Ludwig, and Josephine easily advanced all of their individual races on the day to finals.
Vanguard ran a very nice SMR8 in prelims and advanced both Jessy Sweet and Rachel Hough in the 400, but lost a key relay when they picked up a DNF in the 4x200.
There were relatively few 1A events contested on day one, but Walsh (boys) and Merino (girls) did nothing on the day to diminish their status as favorites.