LAKEWOOD — Not only was Thursday a successful end to Rylee Anderson's sophomore season at Silver Creek, it was also the start of milestone pursuit that still has two years to play itself out.
On Day 1 of the Colorado high school state track and field championships at Jefferson County Stadium, Anderson cleared 5 feet, 7 inches to secure her second Class 4A high jump title and remain a perfect two for two in her young career. After she outlasted the competition, Anderson then raised the bar to 5 feet, 8.5 inches and took three cracks at the state meet record.
She didn't get it. But the Raptors sophomore was close, real close.
"When it got to 5-7, I just had to walk myself through it and mentally prepare myself," Anderson said. "I knew I could do it, I just had to convince myself that it was going to happen. After I got it, going for the record was really great. My mom was a jumper at Niwot and she's my coach so if I would have gotten that, it would have been nice to bring it to our family."
The 4A state meet record currently belongs to Skyline graduate Jill Fadenrecht, who cleared 5-8.25 at the 1999 state championships. The all-time Falcons great can relax with the knowledge that her record is safe for at least one more year. Anderson can also rest easy Thursday night after overcoming a stumble at 5-5, the height she cleared to win her first state title as a freshman in 2015, that nearly prevented her second win.
"There was great competition and it was really fun," Anderson said. "But personally, I get really stressed out when it's on my third try. I missed my first two jumps at 5-5 but I was able to get over. After that, I didn't want to go through that again so I really focused and put together two solid jumps."
Anderson cleared both 5-6 and 5-7 on her first attempt. Cheyenne Mountain senior Elizabeth Wayne hung with Anderson over the 5-6 bar but couldn't clear it once it moved up to 5-7.
Amy (Rehage) Anderson, Rylee's mother, was the Boulder County high jump record-holder at 5-7 as a Niwot jumper from 1983 until Fadenrecht reset the record at 5-7.5 at the 1998 Boulder County championships. Rylee Anderson cleared 5-7.75 at this year's county championships to beat out both marks and begin her own reign atop the BoCo record books.
"It is thrilling to watch her jump," Amy Anderson said. "It's absolutely thrilling. She's better than I was already and she's just a sophomore so it will be fun to keep watching her as she goes for the state record."