LAKEWOOD — Quinn McConnell kept waiting for somebody else to make a kick and run with her on Friday.

Nobody did, and it's quickly becoming a theme that Class 3A competition is having a tough time keeping up with the Peak to Peak freshman.

McConnell won the 3A state title in the girls 800-meter run at Jefferson County Stadium, making her three-for-three in state competition this school year.

"I keep saying, I'm really surprising myself," said McConnell, who won the 3A cross country title in the fall and helped the Pumas to the 3,200-meter relay championship on Thursday. "Coming into the track season, I knew I had a lot of momentum from cross country; there was a lot of pressure there. I just wanted to have fun again. It's only my freshman year, so whatever happens, I'm happy with it, and this is just incredible."

McConnell finished Friday's 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 16.02 seconds, leading wire to wire and beating second-place Kiara Mattern of James Irwin by 4.55 seconds.

"I wasn't expecting to lead the whole time," McConnell said. "I kind of wanted to wait and kick a little bit more, but I just took it out at the pace I felt comfortable with and waited a little bit. Nobody came, so I saw the clock at 400 (meters to go) and knew I could (set a personal record). That was the best part, just finishing the last 200."

After anchoring the 3,200-meter relay victory on Thursday, McConnell said Friday was a bonus.


"I just wanted to go in and have fun after winning the 4x8 yesterday with my team," said McConnell, who is seeded third for Saturday's 1,600 meters. "I was already happy with how the weekend was going, so I didn't put too much pressure on myself."

Peak to Peak had five girls in the 800, four of them seeded in the top eight, but McConnell's teammates struggled a bit. Freshman Tiana Bradfield finished ninth, but was the only other Puma to medal in the 800.

Also on Friday, sophomore Robin Peterson and senior Tessa Anderson brought home state medals for Peak to Peak.

Peterson placed third in the 3A girls pole vault, with a personal-best vault of 9 feet, 10 inches. Anderson finished fifth in the 3A girls discus with a throw of 109 feet, 8 inches.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.