LAKEWOOD — It wasn't the record he was truly after, but Lyons senior Paul Roberts still registered a state meet time for the ages on Friday.

On the second day of the Colorado track and field state championships at Jefferson County Stadium, Roberts won the Class 2A boys 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 26.17 seconds. The time broke the previous 2A state meet record by over two seconds.

"The overall goal was to try to go after the 9:05.89 record (Brent Vaughn) but obviously that didn't happen," Roberts said. "I went out pretty fast through the first three laps but then I started falling off. I just didn't keep grinding as well as I should have, or could have. But we really wanted to get the win and getting the 2A meet record by two seconds was nice too."

Before Roberts' race on Friday, Hayden High's Chris Zirkle was the record-holder with a 9:28.79 that he ran in 2011.

It took a meet record from Soroco's Ben Kelley (1:55.61) to beat Roberts in Friday's 2A 800, in which the Lyons senior placed second with a time of 1:58.08.

Also in the boys 3,200, Lyons senior Joel Such out-ran his by seed by three places to finish third in 10:00.52. Freshman Colton Jonjak-Plahn placed 15th in 10:41.07 and sophomore Landon Milbrath finished 18th in 11:02.38.

"It was a good race and I beat my seed, and that is kind of the goal this whole state meet: to score more points than you're supposed to get," Such said. "I was going for second place. I didn't get that today but I have the mile tomorrow so I'll try to put together another good race."


In the girls 3,200, Lyons junior Ceann Udovich took third in 11:42.78, senior Sierra Tucker placed sixth in 12:05.78 and sophomore Georgia Barone placed 18th in 13:29.80. Tucker also placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:24.07.

Lyons junior Brenna Kuskie cleared 10 feet, 2 inches in the pole vault and finished runner-up to Vail Christian's Taylor Alexander, who set a meet record of 11-9. On the boys side, Lyons vaulter Owen George cleared 13-11 and placed fourth. Senior Lars Basey jumped 41-6 to place third in the triple jump.

Overall, it was a much better day for the Lions after a disappointing Day 1.

"It was nice to get a record and that was Paul's best finish in the 800 so I couldn't be more proud of him," Lion head coach Mark Roberts said. "We're grinding a little bit and we preach to our kids all the time that you're not always in control of whether you're 100 percent or not and that you have to just go out and compete."

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