BROOMFIELD — The sky is the limit for Legacy's Anthony Lyle.
The Legacy senior sprinter has run with the best in the state over the last few seasons without lofty expectations.
This year is a different story, and the Lightning standout entered Saturday's 9th Annual Broomfield Shootout as the one to beat — at least according to the heat sheets.
"The biggest thing for him, is that he has to take care of his body," Legacy coach Wayne Voorhees said. "And that is what kids at this age struggle with sometimes, understanding what they have to do to be in top physical shape and all the little things you have to do to make you truly elite."
In the final of 13 heats of the 100 meters on Saturday at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, Lyle — starting in Lane 4 — lined up against one of the state best in Mullen's Christian Cumber for one of the better showdowns of the day.
After one false start forced them to think about their race a little bit longer, Lyle and Cumber each broke well and it was the Mustangs sprinter that held on at the end, winning in a time of 11.00 seconds to Lyle's 11.17.
"I thought I ran a pretty decent race considering I hurt myself last week," said Lyle, who anchored both of the Lightning's 400 and 800 relay teams that each took third.
And he was more than aware of who he was running against.
"That plays a big role, because I am very competitive and I like to win ... I mean, who doesn't?" Lyle continued. "It pushes me, that when I see someone with a faster time that I'm going to want to run harder every time."
Lyle finished 15th in both the 100 and 200 last season in his first trip to the state meet, one that Voorhees thought might have overwhelmed his sprinting stud.
But a renewed focus on those "little things" and making the most of learning the lessons from last year's state meet are what is driving Lyle to hopefully reach the podium.
"I have learned to just no give up and keep working to get better week by week," Lyle said. "We will just have to go from there."
Also on the boys side, Monarch's Isaac Green prevailed in the 1,600 meters, by holding off a late charge from Silver Creek's James Lee. Green finished in 4:19.15 to Lee's 4:20.19.
Of note in the field events, the machine that is Monarch pole vaulting was on full display. Max Manson and Cole Rowan each cleared 15-feet on Saturday, with Manson earning the victory based on fewer misses.
Niwot's Alexis Carroll cruised to victory in the 100-meter hurdles, winning in a time of 14.79 seconds — the only girl to go sub-15 seconds.
Despite her nearly flawless race, a quartet of Cougars coaches were able to pick apart snippets of her race and provide just the right amount of feedback that will only make her better.
"It's all part of it, which I like because I can keep doing the things I know I do well and then carry on with the things I still need to work on," Carroll said. "That's pretty normal for what its is."
Some other top performances from the girls side included Silver Creek high jumper Rylee Anderson. One week after setting the state record with a jump of 5-10, she went 5-9 to win by seven inches.
Broomfield's Joy Fafita threw the shot put 36-feet, 1-inch to finish second in that event. Fairview triple jumper Carina Schmid also finished second with a jump of 34-11.
Due to a timing malfunction at the beginning of the meet, full results will not be available until Sunday morning on co.milesplit.com.