Relays are about unity.

When it comes to running a foursome, and especially for a sprint group, each step is carefully planned. Each handoff is done with as much precision as possible. Four teammates work together in one race.

Of course, how quickly a relay rolls is determined, more than anything, by how fast each member of the group can run. The Longmont boys have a large helping of speed and the Trojans have turned that talent into awe-inspiring 400 and 800-meter relays this season.

On Friday at the St. Vrain Invite at Everly-Montgomery Field, one of the better invites each spring, the Longmont 400 relay of Conlan Berger, Eli Sullivan, Logan Goodner and Trevor Cook shattered the stadium and meet records with a time of 41.69 seconds. Valor Christian held both with a 42.12 in 2013.

Sullivan, who bettered his season best in the 110 hurdles with a blistering winning time of 14.65 to claim the 110 hurdles crown, enjoyed one last night on his home track with his three fellow seniors. For Sullivan, a standout three-sport athlete at Longmont, the good vibes at Everly-Montgomery actually started in middle school.

"It's been almost the exact same team since eighth grade," he said. "We had our eighth grade championship meet here and we broke a middle school record. We knew we had something special going on."

For a group that ranks No. 1 in all classifications in both the 400 and 800 relays (1:28.43) and the Class 4A title favorites in both, the Trojans also smashed the school record on Friday.


"We knew we had a good time going in," Sullivan said of bettering their 42.58 previous season best. "We just wanted to push ourselves, race ourselves and get a school record. We all felt fast tonight."

The top 18 in the final rankings of each classification on Sunday will qualify for the state championships next Thursday through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Several other Boulder County competitors either moved up in the rankings or solidified themselves as contenders in their respective events.

Heather Betts of Fairview competes in the high jump in Longmont on Friday.
Heather Betts of Fairview competes in the high jump in Longmont on Friday. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

In the 3,200 relay, the Broomfield boys foursome of Jake Mitchem, Chad Croell, Shane Kaiser and Josh Schoep won in a likely 5A qualifying time of 8 minutes, 11.84 seconds. Lyons, with Paul Roberts and Joel Such, ran the second quickest 3A time in finishing third in 8:18.53.

The Monarch girls (Holly Bent, Liz Hogan, Audrey Lookner, Elizabeth Moore) won the same relay in 9 minutes, 45.14 seconds, a state qual time, while Mead will enter the 4A field with a 17-second season best of 9:52.77, rising from 18th to seventh. The Coyotes also won the 400 relay in 48.91 seconds, while Niwot was third.

Distance excellence continued with the 800-meter run as Boulder County swept the boys and girls races. Isaac Green of Monarch fine-tuned before state with a season best of 1:55.44. Quinn McConnell of Peak to Peak won the 800 in 2:18.03, while her teammate Anna Shults was the 3,200 winner in 11:15.41.

Mackenzie Fidelak of Niwot placed first in the 300 hurdles, while Mead freshman Abbie Glynn was second. Silver Creek sophomore Rylee Anderson tied Lutheran's Morgan Barone for first in the high jump as both tied the St. Vrain record of 5 feet, five and a half inches.

Fairview's Carina Schmid moved into 13th in 5A in the triple jump with a winning mark of 35 feet, 8 inches. Paul Roberts of Lyons had a new personal best of 4 minutes, 17 seconds in the 1,600 to pull away from Loveland's Marcus Quere and nearly shatter the stadium record.

Luke Gordley of Skyline wins his heat of the 110 meter hurdles on Friday. Go to for more photos.
Luke Gordley of Skyline wins his heat of the 110 meter hurdles on Friday. Go to for more photos. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

A few results from the meet were unavailable as of press time.

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St. Vrain Invitational

At Longmont High School

200 dash — 1. Kent Harris, Lutheran, 21.68; 2. Caleb Ojennes, Palmer Ridge, 21.80; 3. Jordan Xiong, Broomfield, 22.03.

800 run — 1. Isaac Green, Monarch, 1:55.44; 2. Brandon Pappas, Palmer Ridge, 1:55.88; 3. Ryan Vomacka, Mountain View, 1:57.08.

3,200 run — 1. Jared Durney, Broomfield, 9:45.72; 2. Brock Dykema, Silver Creek, 9:51.51; 3. Charlie Perry, Monarch, 9:55.49.

Cameron Cross of Lyons begins the 3200 meter relay on Friday.
Cameron Cross of Lyons begins the 3200 meter relay on Friday. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

110 hurdles — 1. Eli Sullivan, Longmont, 14.65; 2. Matt Hanson, Lutheran, 14.86; 3. Kharon Hall, Lutheran, 14.92.

300 hurdles — 1. Nolan Kembel, Mountain View, 38.81; 2. Jonathan Penrose, Broomfield, 38.83; 3. Mitchell Gorman, Broomfield, 39.56.

400 relay — 1. . Longmont (Conlan Berger, Eli Sullivan, Logan Goodner, Trevor Cook), 41.69; 2. Greeley Central, 43.11; 3. Broomfield, 43.25.

800 relay — 1. . Mountain View (Jordan Kress, Nolan Kembel, Luke Gordley, Logan Stewart), 1:29.02; 2. Vista Ridge, 1:29.99; 3. Palmer Ridge, 1:30.21.

3,200 relay — 1. Broomfield (Jake Mitchem, Chad Croell, Shane Kaiser, Josh Schoep), 8:11.84; 2. Cheyenne Mountain, 8:18.03; 3. Lyons, 8:18.53.

Long jump — 1. Breon Michel, Vista Ridge, 22-2.5; 2. Conlan Berger, Longmont, 21-5; 3. Eli Sullivan, Longmont, 21-0.

High jump — 1. Jacob Berajano, Roosevelt, 6-5; 2. AJ Oswald, Palmer Ridge, 6-2.5; 3. Kyle Rex, Palmer Ridge, 6-2.5.


100 meter dash — 1. . Maya Evans, Vista Peak, 12.12; 2. Brenna Chase, Broomfield, 12.29; 3. Kayla Zink, Caliche, 12.61.

200 dash — 1. Brenna Chase, Broomfield, 24.79; 2. Maya Evans, Vista Peak, 25.20; 3. Blair Bernhardt, 25.21.

400 dash — 1. Madison Mooney, Horizon, 57.89; 2. Olivia Whitaker, Air Academy, 57.90; 3. Paige Kadavy, Greeley Central, 58.23.

800 run — 1. Quinn McConnell, Peak to Peak, 2:18.03; 2. Maria Mettler, Air Academy, 2:20.31; 3. Marlena Preigh, Fairview, 2:20.37. +

1,600 run — 1. Lauren Offerman, Mountain View, 5:08.67; 2. Holly Bent, Monarch, 5:12.00; 3. Lily Tomasula-Martin, Estes Park, 5:12.73.

3,200 run — 1. . Anna Shults, Peak to Peak, 11:15.41; 2. Claudia Burgess, Boulder, 11:19.97; 3. Luna Slater, Poudre, 11:25.24

100 hurdles — 1. Kiana Gomez, Brighton, 14.65; 2. Alexis Carroll, Niwot, 15.25; 3. Erika White, Brighton, 15.62.

300 hurdles — 1. Mackenzie Fidelak, Niwot, 44.75; 2. Abbie Glynn, Mead, 45.58; 3. Hannah Weinmaster, Loveland, 46.39.

400 relay — 1. Monarch (Chloe Bernard, Tatiana Cherry Santos, Danielle Honan, Paige Overcash), 48.91; 2. Cheyenne Mountain, 49.05; 3. Niwot, 50.03.

800 relay — 1. Air Academy (Caitlyn McCubbin, Allyson Stanley, Kamerin Valdes, Olivia Whitaker),, 1:45.83; 2. Boulder, 1:45.86; 3. Palmer Ridge, 1:46.04.

3,200 relay — 1. Monarch (Holly Bent, Liz Hogan, Audrey Lookner, Elizabeth Moore), 9:45.14; 2. Fossil Ridge, 9:48.41; 3. Mead, 9:52.77.

Sprint medley — 1. Range, 1:48.65; 2. Loveland, 1:49.23; Fossil Ridge, 1:50.61.

Triple jump — 1.Carina Schmid, Fairview, 35-8; 2. Alex Hellenberg, Skyline, 35-7.25; 3. Sydney Wetterstrom, Longmont, 35-1.

Discus — 1. Raquel Valdez, Mountain View, 134-3; 2. Hannah Lenz, Wray, 121-5; 3. Raegan Rehm, Loveland, 118-9.

Shot put — 1. Tara Traphagan, Yuma, 40-4.5; 2. Belle Whyrick, University, 38-5; 3. Tessa Anderson, Peak to Peak 38-3.5.

Pole vault — 1. Taylor Alexander, Vail Christian, 11-9; 2. Chloe West, Fossil Ridge, 11-3; 3. Josie Spitz, Berthoud, 11-3.