Justin Boldt's ride over the 300 hurdles was one of several Lyons qualifying marks for tomorrow's finals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Amazingly enough, Lyons does not hold the 2A boys points lead heading into the final day of the state meet. That honor would belong to Telluride.
But Telluride's total is also heavily skewed by points from events 800 meters and up. Today, Telluride's big point production came from Jeff (3rd) and Ty (7th) Williams in the 800. But, on Saturday, the 800-and-up event category includes only the 1600, while the rest of the day is sprint and hurdle heavy. To borrow an expression from tennis, advantage Lyons.
At the end of Friday's events, Telluride sits at 43, Lyons at 37.5, and Wiggins next at 22. With what Lyons has on tap for Saturday, there doesn't figure to be a mass emergence of teams working their way into contention on the final day.
Looking at Saturday's track events, Lyons is very well represented with Matt Radich in the 110s, Forrest Donnell in the 100 and 200, Marcel Such in the 1600, Ryan Boucher in the 400, Justin Boldt in the 300 hurdles, and two rock-solid relays for the 4x100 and 4x400. Perhaps best of all, no athlete is carrying an oppressive load. Lyons looks to be very well set up for the grand finale.
2A girls, however, could be a nail-biter right down to the very end. Current standings have Lyons in first with 61.5, Akron in second with 46, Paonia in third with 30, and Telluride all the way back in sixth with 20. But, to this point, event finals have been heavy in distance and field events. That all changes on Saturday, and you can expect Akron, Telluride, and, possibly, Paonia to pick up a surge of points. Lyons, on the other hand, is moving into events where they typically don't score as well.
Telluride, Akron, and Lyons will all be represented in the 100 hurdles, but the higher seeds belong to Telluride in the persons of Lindsey Stindt and Emy Ludwig.
Lyons will look to hold off the charge of the teams behind them with a solid set of three entires (Miriam Roberts, Olivia Raspotnik, and Kelsey Miner) in the 1600. If the Lions score well here, it could be over. Interestingly, of all the teams remaining in contention, only Lyons has entries in the 1600. That makes the injury to Rachel Hampton loom all the larger.
If Lyons can't close it out with the 1600, Telluride's Josephine Bush will be looking to make the 200 and 400 her own personal little kingdom. Lutheran's Kendall Horan also has designs on establishing a monarchy in these events, however.
Later in the day, Stindt and Ludwig come back in the 300 hurdles. With or without the extra motivation of a team title on the line, these two figure to be at or near the top of the podium.
Telluride also figures to run a very competitive 4x400. Paonia and Akron need to run exceptional relays and hope that a couple of things outside of their control happen to fall their way. Akron has a little better representation in the individual events than Paonia, but not enough to control their own destiny.
2A highlights from today include Nederland's Kelley Robinson turning aside a strong bid for the 3200 title from West Grand's Tabor Scholl, Ty Williams holding on to win the boys 3200 despite an illness, Akron's Jourdan Hottinger winning the pole vault at 13-6 (Sidney Merrill gave Akron a sweep of the PV titles), Daniel Weirich throwing 171-0 to win the discus, Coley David leaping 45-6.5 (wind-aided) to nail down the triple jump, Tabor Scholl coming back in the afternoon to win the 800, and Vanguard claiming the SMR8 title with a strong time of 1:51.63, just edging out Akron's claim to the title.