Erie's Taylor Johnson has had the pleasure of getting to the state track meet in past years as a member of the Tigers relays, but it was still eating at the senior that he had never qualified in an individual event.

He shouldn't have that issue anymore.

While till holding hope there's a good 400 meter run left in him with a little over a week left to qualify, Johnson simply blazed past his previous best in the 800 meter run Friday on the second day of the Tri-Valley League Championships and essentially assured himself of working out a couple more weeks for the chance at an individual medal.

He had a hard time even beginning to describe how he felt after the run at Everly-Montgomery Field, after entering the shared championship meet (Northern League, Mile High League) ranked 20th in the Class 4A 800 field according to MaxPreps.com. Only 18 get to run at state, and Johnson's time of 1 minute, 57.88 seconds put him in the top six.

"I don't know what came over me, honestly. I just saw today as an opportunity to see what I could do with these legs God's given me," Johnson said. "It was a great day."


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Last year, Johnson was only about a tenth of a second off that No. 18 spot in the 800. The determination grew steadily over the year, and Johnson had lowered his time down to 2:00.24 last week. Even with little in the way of being pushed Friday (he won the Tri-Valley league title by 7.5 seconds), Johnson risked an early sprint in the first lap but kept up a pace he didn't even think he had in him.

"I was 19th in state last year by (a tenth), and I was getting worried since it was getting close to the end but I'm happy that chase is over," said Johnson, also ranked 23rd in the 400. "Just being able to put all my energy into this one so I could solidify my spot and then work on the 400 next week.

"I was hoping for 1:59 or sub-2:00, anything in that area. Like I said, it was a good day."

Judging by times, one wouldn't guess that Holy Family's Will Domier is also seeking his first state track meet appearance, and he is not flirting with being a borderline qualifier, either. After winning Thursday's Tri-Valley 100 meter dash, Domier backed it up with a win in the 200 on Friday and will be considered a podium candidate in both events in a couple weeks.

Domier sat in third in Class 4A in the 100 and eighth in the 200 prior to the weekend. He goes against the grain a bit in being a big-framed sprinter, but he's certainly learned to deal with it over the past year after falling just a bit short of state last year.

Domier also anchored the 400 relay Friday and that foursome will be seeking a better finish as they did not improve on their 19th-place standing.

"I wasn't disappointed last year not qualifying because it was my first year running, but I had some extra weight on me that I wanted to get off," Domier said. "I really tried to slim down into running shape versus football shape, and it's worked."

In Northern League action, Longmont's Trevor Cook also won the 200 to back up his Thursday 100 win. The Trojans also set a meet record in the 400 relay. Silver Creek's Brock Knechtel also won the discus.

Other event winners included Skyline's Aaron Carmichael (Tri-Valley pole vault); Mead's Tony Feula (TV 300 hurdles); the Mavericks' 400 relay team; Erie's 1,600 relay team; and Lyons' Paul Roberts (800 and 3,200).

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Northern League Championships

At Everly-Montgomery Field

BOYS

Team scores — Mountain View 212, Longmont 150, Thompson Valley 88, Silver Creek 85, Greeley Central 70, Niwot 47, Centaurus 26, Northridge 23.

200 dash — 1. Trevor Cook, Longmont, 22.27; 2. Jordan Kress, Mountain View, 22.51; 3. Collin Schmitt, Greeley Central, 22.67.

400 dash — 1. Kyle Thomas, Greeley Central, 49.73; 2. Ryan Vomacka, Mountain View, 50.56; 3. Collin Schmit, Greeley Central, 51.55.

800 run — 1. Jarrett Thollot, Thompson Valley, 1:57.37; 2. James Lee, Silver Creek, 1:58.37; 3. Alex Strohecker, Mountain View, 2:00.29

3,200 run — 1. Peter Franklin, Mountain View, 10:02.82; 2. Brock Dykema, Silver Creek, 10:03.28; 3. Logan Simington, Thompson Valley, 10:05.20.

300 hurdles — 1. Tanner Wall, Thompson Valley, 39.17; 2. Luke Gordley, Mountain View, 39.58; 3. Nolan Kembel, Mountain View, 40.03.

400 relay — 1. Longmont, 42.68*; 2. Mountain View, 42.99; 3. Thompson Valley, 44.28.

1,600 relay — 1. Mountain View, 3:21.69; 2. Thompson Valley, 3:24.85; 3. Niwot, 3:34.30.

Triple jump — 1. Austin Delier, Mountain View, 43-5.75; 2. Conlan Berger, Longmont, 42-7; 3. Danny Ahern, Longmont, 42-5.25.

High jump — 1. Ramon Salgado, Mountain View, 6-1; 2. Cruz Garcia, Longmont, 6-1j; 3. Mathew McMann, Silver Creek, 5-9.

Discus — 1. Brock Knechtel, Silver Creek, 159-11; 2. Scott Sipes, Mountain View, 157-6; 3. Sam Merrill, Longmont, 139-7.

Pole vault — 1. Ramon Salgado, Mountain View, 14-7; 2. Brenton Emmons, Mountain View, 14-7; 3. Logan Kidd, Mountain View, 12-7.

Tri-Valley League Championships

At Everly-Montgomery Field

BOYS

Team scores — Berthoud 150, Roosevelt 117.50, Mead 111, Windsor 89.50, Skyline 76.50, Erie 72.50, Holy Family 70.50, Frederick 12.50.

200 dash — 1. Will Domier, Holy Family, 22.49; 2. Luke Desmond, Windsor,

400 dash — 1. Luke Desmond, Windsor, 50.12; 2. Chad Ellis, Berthoud, 51.40; 3. Harrison Wagnaar, Erie, 52.63.

800 run — 1. Taylor Johnson, Erie, 1:57.88; 2. Braden Bartlett, Holy Family, 2:05.38; Elijah Grewal, Berthoud, 2:06.14.

1,600 run — 1. Cale Englert, Windsor, 4:45.88; 2. Elijag Grewal, Berthoud, 4:49.00; 3. Justin McDaniel, Mead, 4:49.19.

300 hurdles — 1. Tony Feula, Mead, 41.58; 2. Angelo Hurtado, Roosevelt, 42.83; 3. Cooper Skoric, Berthoud, 43.56.

400 relay — 1. Mead, 44.15; 2. Skyline, 44.41; 3. Windsor, 44.56.

1,600 relay — 1. Erie, 3:29,70; 2. Mead, 3:30.10; 3. Roosevelt, 3:35.78.

Triple jump — 1. Everett Owens, Berthoud, 41-8; 2. Bryce Meier, Erie, 41-4.75; 3. Brock Voth, Berthoud, 40-9.5.

Discus — 1. Max Bump, Berthoud, 147-10; 2. James Heater, Roosevelt, 135-11; 3. Jamie Grey, Berthoud, 134-01.

Pole vault — 1. Aaron Carmichael, Skyline, 13-7; 2. Devon Hansen, Erie, 12-7; 3. Brayden Davis, Roosevelt, 12-7j.

Mile High League Championships

At Everly-Montgomery Field

BOYS

Team scores — Resurrection Christian 159, Heritage Christian 138, Lyons 119, Highland 96, Liberty Common 83, Dayspring Christian 49, Denver Christian 22, Twin Peaks Charter 13, Nederland 3, Denver Academy 1.

200 dash — 1. Cooper Ward, Resurrection Christian, 22.80; 2. Evan Anderson, Resurrection Christian 23.24; 3. Michael Stevenson, Resurrection Christian, 23.55.

400 dash — 1. Evan Anderson, Resurrection Christian, 51.24; 2. Michael Stevenson, Resurrection Christian, 52.97; 3. Cameron Cross, Lyons, 53.72.

800 run — 1. Paul Roberts, Lyons, 1:58.02; 2. Kyle Gee, Liberty Common, 2:01.65; 3. Christian Fagerlin, Resurrection Christian, 2:03.59.

3,200 run — 1. Paul Roberts, Lyons, 10:00.44; 2. Joel Such, Lyons, 10:10.16; 3. Nathan Dowdy, Liberty Common, 10:11.31.

300 hurdles — 1. Josh Damir, Heritage Christian, 44.26; 2. Taylor Motschall, Heritage Christian, 45.09; 3. Nathan Radich, Lyons, 45.17.

400 relay — 1. Resurrection Christian, 44.38; 2. Highland, 45.55; 3. Liberty Common, 45.85.

1,600 relay — 1. Liberty Common, 3:42.30; 2. Lyons, 3:43.51; 3. Resurrection Christian, 3:36.40.

Triple jump — 1. Nate Hayes, Denver Christian, 41-10; 2. Lars Basey, Lyons, 41-9; 3. Luke Fick, Resurrection Christian, 40-10.

Discus — 1. Mitchell Sides, Dayspring Christian, 153-8; 2. Anton Watson, Resurrection Christian, 141-9; 3. Jordan Spencer, Resurrection Christian, 127-5.

Pole vault — 1. Corbin Mayes, Liberty Common, 13-1; 2. Cameron Cross, Lyons, 11-1; 3. Jakeob Trujillo, Highland 10-7.