If early results are any indication, this is shaping up to being a memorable track and field season.

And it isn't because of the inordinate number of postponements that have occurred already due to inclement weather. When athletes have been able to compete this spring, they've been putting up some spectacular results.

At Monday's Longmont Invitational in Lyons two state marks were smashed, as Air Academy's Katie Rainsberger set a new standard in the 1,600, and Air Academy's Andrea Willis soared to a Colorado-best in the pole vault.

Ironically, both records that fell have plenty of history with BoCoPrep-area athletes.

Rainsberger, a senior who will run for the Oregon Ducks next year, crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 44.31 seconds, eclipsing the mark of 4:46.22 set by Jordan Coulter of Cherry Creek at last year's state meet.

Before Coulter, the record had been held by Niwot's Elise Cranny (4:47.54 in 2014) and Boulder's Melody Fairchild (4:49.86 in 1991).

The record-setting vault by Willis of 13-foot-4 1/4 inches bested the 13-3 that Longmont's Elizabeth Stover cleared in 2008.

There were other records that fell that day as well — Paul Roberts of Lyons set a new meet standard in the 3,200 in 9:18.13 and Rainsberger won the 800 in 2:11.80.


Earlier in the month, the Boulder Snow Invitational saw several local school records fall. Silver Creek's Rylee Anderson vaulted 11-6 to break Erin Ehrmantraut's school mark, and teammate Abigail Gray broke her own record with a 5-6 high jump.

At that same meet, Skyline's Alex Hellenberg set a school record of 17-10 1/4 in the long jump.

• In Roberts and Rainsberger, the Longmont Invitational featured two of Colorado's all-time greats competing in the same event for one of the final times during their high school careers.

Roberts, who will run for Colorado State-Pueblo next season, is Colorado's first four-time cross country state champion and led the Lions to 2A team titles in each of his four seasons.

Roberts also owns the fifth-fastest 3,200-meter time ever run by a high school athlete in Colorado, placed 59th at the IAFF World Cross Country Championships in China, placed fifth at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and finished 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals.

Rainsberger won the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet earlier this month with a Colorado-record in the mile (4:36.61), the third-fastest time ever turned in by an American high school girl. She also won the Nike Cross Country National Championship last fall.

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