WESTMINSTER — The female hurdlers at Niwot deservedly get tons of recognition, what with a triple threat of sorts between Kela Fetters, MacKenzie Fidelak and Alexis Carroll.
But Nelson Menjivar is working hard to make sure his name — and the Cougars boys team — doesn't slip through the cracks.
Menjivar had a standout performance in the 300 hurdles at the Mountain Range Mustang Invite on Saturday, finishing third at 42.50 seconds to establish a season best. Knowing he's gone sub-42 before, however, he continues to push his own limits early in the season.
Currently looking at the Maxpreps.com rankings in the event, Menjivar would be in the middle of the pack of qualifiers in Class 4A and top-30 state wide.
"Our hurdling program is out of this world and I'm glad to be part of it," Menjivar, a senior, said. "This is the first race we've had all season where it wasn't snowing or windy, so it was nice to get a good race and compete against great athletes."
The only two hurdlers that finished ahead of Menjivar at North Stadium were 5A athletes, and certainly was a boost of confidence.
"This season has been a lot about conditioning so far for all of us in the hurdling program because our coach has taught us all the basics we need to know," Menjivar said. "It's been a little while for the boys ... we scored three points last year at state. We have a great group of guys this year. We're hoping to qualify a ton for state and put Niwot boys back up there."
While Menjivar helped the Cougars boys secure some points, the NHS girls finished second overall to Loveland with a bundle of top-3 finishes and two relay wins. The Cougars won the 3,200 relay in the morning and finished off the meet with a victory in the 1,600 relay.
Fairview field events excel
The Knights have shown so far in both genders that their field athletes are a force to be reckoned with.
Amongst some top competition, the FHS girls jumpers came away with three wins on Saturday. Annalise Arant scored a first place in pole vault at 11 feet even, Heather Betz nailed the high jump at 5 feet, 5.5 inches and Sarah Hopkins triple-jumped 37 feet, 2.25 inches.
On the boys side, Eli Chance cleared 14 feet on the pole vault to finish third.
"I'm really happy with the start of the year and we're showing just a much stronger team," said Hopkins, who achieved her personal best (37-3.5) at the Simplot Games this year. "For me, I didn't do super well at state last year but right now I'm in the top five. I'm hoping to keep doing well through the season but definitely a lot better at state."
Anderson doubles up
Peak to Peak's Tessa Anderson won both throwing events Saturday, but it didn't reflect initially in the results. The senior had a 38-foot throw in the shot put in preliminaries that mistakenly was not transferred over to her finals sheet, but head coach Kim McConnell made sure to get up to the press box and get Anderson the credit she deserved.
Anderson threw a season best in the discus (110 feet, 9 inches) and Peak to Peak finished fifth on the girls side as a team.
The Erie boys 3,200 relay team rolled right with one of the best in the state (Mountain Vista) to finish third, turning in a season best time of 8:33.81. ... Will Domier of Holy Family finished a brisk second in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes including a season best 11.04 in the 100. ... Centaurus' 3,200 relay squad finished third on the girls side. ... Legacy's Anthony Lyle won the 200 with a season best 23.09.