Brenna Kuskie, of Lyons, can’t quite clear 11 feet after setting a school record in the pole vault at the 2016 Eagle 9-Team Invite at Broomfield High
Brenna Kuskie, of Lyons, can't quite clear 11 feet after setting a school record in the pole vault at the 2016 Eagle 9-Team Invite at Broomfield High School on Friday. More photos: Bocopreps.com. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

BROOMFIELD — Brenna Kuskie has been chasing the Lyons High School pole vault record for a while now and she finally got it on Friday.

At the Broomfield 9-Team Invitational, the Lyons junior cleared 10 feet, 7 inches to break the record. The previous record was set at 10-6 by Kelly Yelverton in 2009.

It's been quite an 11 months for Kuskie, who last May won the Class 2A state pole vault title as a sophomore.

"I finally got my school record so I'm really excited," Kuskie said. "I was hoping to get to 11 too but I'm really happy with how it went."

Kuskie won the pole vault handily at the Broomfield 9-Team Invitational, beating runner-up Sarina Kopf from Lakewood by six inches. Once she was the lone vaulter remaining, she took a couple shots at 11 feet and nearly cleared it. For the rest of the season, she'll be chasing Vail Christian's Taylor Alexander for the 2A title.

"My goal is to get as close to her as I can but she's up at 12 feet so it's going to take a lot of work to get there," Kuskie said. "I was the state champ last year because she hurt her shoulder so it's her and I."

Xiong overcomes slow start in fast race

In a field that included several top-tier sprinters like Longmont's Trevor Cook and Conlan Berger, Broomfield's Jordan Xiong couldn't afford any slip ups in the 100-meter dash.


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Unfortunately for the Eagles senior, he got off to a poor start. But fortunately for Xiong, who placed seventh in 5A last year, he's really fast. Despite the slow start, Xiong won the race with a lunging finish in 11.06 seconds.

"In the 100, my start wasn't that great but I got going so it was really close at the end," Xiong said. "I don't even know who won it but it was really exciting for how I started out. It's my last year so I'm going to try my very best."

Cook finished in 11.07 and Berger finished in 11.10. Xiong also won the 200-meter dash in 23.06.

Boulder wins thrice

The Boulder Panthers won a trio of events on Friday - the girls 800-meter relay, girls 800-meter run and the boys 3,200-meter run.

In the 800-meter relay, Jamie Hegg, Lily Margolis, Emma Richardson and Kara Holbrook) teamed up to finish first in 1:47.95. Lauren Neugeboren won the girls 800 in 2:24.25. Luke Zacharias won the boys 3,200 in 9:59.70.

New meet hits its mark

For its first year in existence the Broomfield 9-Team Invitational was a successful endeavor.

"This is the first year we've done this, mostly because we wanted something smaller especially this time of year," Broomfield head coach Justin Hazzard said. "It's a nice meet with a nice flow to it and it's a lot of teams we're friends with a northern area teams like Longmont, Boulder and Lyons that we like to compete against."

ThunderRidge, Mountain View, Longmont, Boulder, Grandview, Thompson Valley, Lyons and Lakewood joined host Broomfield at this year's meet.

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