The inaugural Tony Wells Memorial Track and Field Meet (formerly known as the Colorado Flyers Invitational) provided us with one eye-popping result among several solid performances.
The unquestioned highlight of the meet occurred in the finals of the 17-18 year old division of the girls 60 meter dash, in which two nationally ranked teammates and former athletes of the great Tony Wells - Mary Beth Sant and Zainab Sanni - would once again face off. After posting a near pr of 7.42 on the fast Mondo surface in the prelims, it appeared that something special was on the horizon for Mary Beth Sant. Sanni, generally the faster starter of the two, got out well. This time however, Sant was out well too and caught Sanni earlier than usual - at around 25 or 30 meters - and then powered home in a nation leading time of 7.30! Sanni held her own in a close to pr of 7.59, though likely left a sub-7.50 clocking on the track due to the shock and awe of her teammate's performance. The crowd, coaches, and meet personnel were abuzz with thought, "Just where does this performance rank Sant on the all-time list?"
Ultimately it ranks her 11th all-time nationally for the high school girls indoor 60 meter dash.
The boys side of the program in the 60 provided a nice battle between Alex Mead and Jaylyn Mars. Mars had the slightly faster time in the prelims, 7.05 to 7.06, but Mead managed the victory in the tightly contested final 6.91 to 6.99.
In the 17-18 year old girls 60 meter hurdles, Dior Hall was in typical form winning in 8.42 over the likes of Talia Marquez and Carly Lester. In the younger division, Ashley Miller finished in 8.87, the second fastest time on the day.
The boys 800 meter run saw Zac Petrie win in a fairly even paced 2:02.57 as he came from behind over the last quarter in defeating a couple of teammates from Scottsbluff, NE, among others.
The 1500 meter races were much anticipated, given the names that were entered. On the girls side, All-American Jordyn Colter, made her indoor seasonal debut. She did not disappoint, easily dispatching of the 15-16 year field with a impressive time of 4:53.89 (roughly a 5:12 for 1600 meters). In the 13-14 year division, Julia Vitella posted a nice 5:19.15 to back up a solid run in the 800 meters earlier in the day.
The boys 17-18 race had its own featured entry in Cerake Geberkidane. In typical fashion, Cerake took it out fast, but was unable to hold it as he was passed by three runners in the final circuit of Balch Field House's 200 meter track. Andres Luna would take top honors in the 1500 with a time of 4:34.51.
The field events, though fairly sparse in terms of competitors, did deliver some nice performances. Talia Marquez, competing in four events on the day, won the long jump in 16-11.5, to go along with nice marks in the triple jump and high jump. John Reynolds won the boys long jump in 20-9.75.
All in all, Tony Wells would have been pleased with the amount of competitors who turned out and the overall effort given by them.