Broomfield girls track and field coach Justin Hazzard had seen the fluidity and speed Brenna Chase plays with on the basketball court. The guard has been one of the most decorated players in the state in the last few years with a state title and first team all-state honors under her belt, not to mention a scholarship to Brigham Young University.

Not surprisingly, Hazzard was more than pleased with Chase's decision to try her talents on the track for the first time as a senior for the Eagles. As much as transitioning to a new sport has its difficulties, Chase has quickly risen into one of the better sprinters state-wide.

On Friday on her home track at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on the final day of the Front Range League Championships, she earned bronze medals in all three sprint disciplines in finishing third in the 100 in 12.23 seconds, the 200 in 25.39 and the 400 in 57.53.

"I've seen Brenna in and out of the halls for a long time and watching her on the basketball court and seeing how explosive she is, I've been telling her she's a state caliber runner," Hazzard said. "I don't think it's any surprise to the coaching staff, but it has been fun and it makes you learn something new."

When it comes to sprinting, having natural explosiveness is essential and Chase certainly has her share of genetic ability. But her intensity on race day has also pulled her to some eye-opening times.


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"She's so talented on the basketball court and she's so dang competitive," Hazzard said. "That competitive drive lets her gut out the 400's. She's working on mechanics and she's getting much better. She's narrowing the gap on those 55 girls. Hopefully in two weeks she can move up a few places from where she's at right now."

The Broomfield boys also had plenty of high-level performances again on Friday as Jordan Xiong won both the 100 and the 200, Johnathan Penrose won the 300 hurdles, and the 800 and 1,600 relays were both victorious. Final team point totals in full, along with a few individual events, were unavailable as of press time, but the Eagles finished as the team runner-up to Fort Collins, who won both boys and girls.

For an area with plenty of track and field tradition, featuring other programs that tend to reload rather than rebuild, Monarch added a freshman in Max Manson who won his first Front Range League title in the pole vault with a mark of 14 feet, 6 inches. The name 'Manson' might be familiar to those who follow Colorado track and field as his father, Pat Manson, still owns the Colorado record of 17 feet, 3 inches from 1986 at Aurora Central. And, on top of that, his pole vault coach at Monarch, Mike Tully, was the 1984 Olympic silver medalist.

Fairview’s Annalise Arant competes in the pole vault during the Front Range League track and field championships on Friday at Broomfield High School.
Fairview's Annalise Arant competes in the pole vault during the Front Range League track and field championships on Friday at Broomfield High School. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

The Monarch girls sprint medley team of Chloe Bernard, Tatiana Cherry Santos, Danielle Honan, and Paige Overcash won the league title with a time of 1:49.38.

As for other area results, Boulder backed up an impressive win in the boys 3,200 relay on Wednesday with Isaac Fournier's third-place finish in the 800 in a time of 1:58.19. The Panthers also placed third in the girls 3,200 relay, third in the girls 800 relay and Lauren Neugeboren was third in the 800 in 2:16.84.

Legacy's Anthony Lyle was the runner-up to Xiong in the 100 in a time of 11.05 seconds and Fairview's Eli Chance was the runner-up to Manson in the pole vault.

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Front Range League Championships

At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium

BOYS

100 meter dash — 1. Jordan Xiong, Broomfield, 10.86; 2. Anthony Lyle, Legacy, 11.05; 3. Owen Raisch, Loveland, 11.08.

400 dash — 1. Adam Stark, Loveland, 50.30; 2. Aron Gordillo, Broomfield, 51.46; 3. Cameron Castro, Fort Collins, 51.50.

800 run — 1. Henry Raymond, Poudre, 1:53.65; 2. Marcus Quere, Loveland, 1:54.65; 3. Isaac Fournier, Boulder, 1:58.19.

1,600 run — 1. Henry Raymond, Poudre, 4:18.81; 2. Isaac Green, Monarch, 4:22.02; 3. Bryan Hird, Rocky Mountain, 4:25.83.

3,200 run — 1. Henry Raymond, Poudre, 9:22.42; 2. Dylan Ko, Fossil Ridge, 9:38.66; 3. Jake Mitchem, Broomfield, 9:44.87.

300 hurdles — 1. Johnathan Penrose, Broomfield, 39.33; 2. Drake Zuroski, Fossil Ridge, 39.57; 3. Dalton Ill, Broomfield, 39.70.

400 relay — 1. Fort Collins, 43.12; 2. Loveland, 43.94; 3. Monarch, 44.20.

800 relay — 1. Broomfield (Aron Gordillo, Dalton Ill, Johnathan Penrose, Jordan Xiong), 1:29.30; 2. Loveland, 1:30.76; 3. Fort Collins, 1:30.83.

3,200 relay — 1. Boulder (Eli Fournier, Isaac Fournier, Gage Hornung, Sam Primozich), 7:59.98; 2. Fort Collins, 8:02.01; 3. Fossil Ridge, 8:16.82.

Long jump — 1. Zac Bitton, Greeley West, 21-6.5; 2. Micaylon Moore, Fort Collins, 20-10.5; 3. Logan Burgess, Monarch, 20-9.5.

High jump — 1. Aaron Hargis, Fossil Ridge, 6-2; 2. Koy Bowen, Horizon 6-0; 3. Bryce Ramler, Poudre 5-10.

Discus — 1. Marco Colbray, Rocky Mountain, 154-6; 2. Garrett Betty, Broomfield, 151-11; 3. Justin Green, Rocky Mountain, 151-0.

Pole vault — 1. Max Manson, Monarch, 14-6; 2. Eli Chance, Fairview, 14-6; 3. Nathan Vinson, Rocky Mountain, 14-0.

GIRLS

100 meter dash — 1. Audra Koopman, Fort Collins, 11.96; 2. Mia Coats, Mountain Range, 12.05; 3. Brenna Chase, Broomfield, 12.23.

200 dash — 1. Becca Schulte, Fort Collins, 24.82; 2. Mia Coats, Mountain Range, 24.92; 3. Brenna Chase, Broomfield, 25.39.

400 dash — 1. Becca Schulte, Fort Collins, 55.24; 2. Mia Coats, Mountain Range, 55.38; 3. Brenna Chase, Broomfield, 57.53.

800 run — 1. Madison Mooney, Horizon, 2:15.32; 2. Lauren Gregory, Fort Collins, 2:16.57; 3. Lauren Neugeboren, Boulder, 2:16.84.

1,600 run — 1. Megan Mooney, Horizon, 5:03.57; 2. Kacey Doner, Rocky Mountain, 5:04.72; 3. Lauren Gregory, Fort Collins, 5:08.67.

3,200 run — 1. Megan Mooney, Horizon, 10:53; 2. Kacey Doner, Rocky Mountain, 11:26; 3. Ivy Gonzales, Broomfield, 11:29.

100 hurdles — 1. Zoe Gilbertson, Mountain Range, 13.62; 2. Tate Thornton, Rocky Mountain, 15.18; 3. Hannah Weinmaster, Loveland, 15.37.

300 hurdles — 1. Zoe Gilbertson, Mountain Range, 42.87; 2. Sheridan Davis, Fossil Ridge, 46.27; 3. Hannah Weinmaster, Loveland, 46.29.

800 relay — 1. Fossil Ridge, 1:45.75; 2. Loveland, 1:45.83; 3. Boulder, 1:45.98.

3,200 relay — 1. Horizon (Megan Mooney, Natalie Platil, Piper Morris, Madison Mooney), 9:29.88; 2. Rocky Mountain, 9:30.75; 3. Boulder, 9:45.88.

Sprint medley — 1. Monarch (Chloe Bernard, Tatiana Cherry Santos, Danielle Honan, Paige Overcash), 1:49.38; 2. Fossil Ridge, 1:51.50; 3. Rocky Mountain, 1:52.05.

Triple jump — 1. Alex Koschel, Loveland, 37-5.25; 2. Kailey Paterson, Fort Collins, 36-1.75; 3. Tatum Rembao, Loveland, 36-0.5.

High jump — 1. Audra Koopman, Fort Collins, 5-4; 2. Sarah Eastwood, Fossil Ridge, 5-2; 3. Heather Betz, Fairview, 5-2.

Discus — 1. Gabriella McDonald, Rocky Mountain, 137-5; 2. Kelly Ervin, Fort Collins, 118-4; 3. Wendy Dykstra, Loveland, 116-10.

Shot put — 1. Gabriella McDonald, Rocky Mountain, 40-1.5; 2. Emma Dern, Fort Collins, 37-8; 3. Brenna Fankell, Broomfield, 36-1.