FORT COLLINS — Nico Magri has put in a lot of time over the past few weeks with the discus.

It paid off for the Monarch senior, who had a little extra motivation, on Wednesday at French Field on the first day of the Front Range League championships.

His personal best of 149-feet, 11 inches was good enough for second place and, more importantly, he bested his grandfather Jim Heineke's top prep throw from his days in Wisconsin.

"My grandfather and I have a competition going, and I really want to beat him," said Magri, a CU football commit whose grandfather also competed in both sports at the University of Wisconsin.

"In shot put his best was 53 feet, and I really want to get him there too."

Magri's final throw of the day was his best and as the tape went out he knew how good it was and showed the emotion with a double fist pump afterwards.

"It has always been my weaker event," said Magri, who finished just ahead of Broomfield's Garrett Betty (147-2). "I've been working on the spin a lot and in practice I have been hitting between 140 and 150, and to actually hit it in a meet is really nice."

Magri will be one of the favorites again on Friday, when the boys switch to the shot. But the momentum from a good showing isn't likely to carry over.

"For me it's two different trains of thought; and it will be back to business because there are thing I know I can improve on," said Magri, whose personal best is 52-2. "I'd like to hit 53 feet (grandfathers best); I thinks its achievable because we've also put in a lot of time on shot working out the kinks."


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There was one Coyotes record that did fall on Wednesday. Freshman high jumper Mia Manson cleared 5-2.5 and that was god enough for second place behind Fort Collins' Audra Koopman (5-4.5).

"I'm kind of bummed that I missed (5-4.5), but that makes me more excited to go for it next time," said Manson, whose personal best of 5.3.75 came last year. "Since I was so close, I know it's there. I see what I did wrong and what I can improve on and apply it to my next jumps."

The only individual running final on Wednesday was the 3,200 meters and Boulder's tandem of Luke Zacharias and Sean Riedel finished second and fourth respectively.

Zacharias' kick over the final 50 meters was good enough to overtake Fort Collins' Logan Broedner by .21 seconds in 9:44.71.

"With about 500 to go, Sean just told me to go for it and I went," said Zacharias, who is very close to securing a spot at the state meet.

Legacy's Anthony Lyle was the fastest qualifier in 100 meters and was the only runner to go sub-11 seconds at 10.98.

Monarch's Audrey Lookner (11:02.84) finished second in the 3,200 meters; well off the pace set by Fort Collins' Lauren Gregory (10:30.21).

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FRONT RANGE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

At French Field

(Results are not complete)

BOYS

3,200 run — 1. Joshua Krasfur, Fort Collins, 9:39.84; 2. Luke Zacharias, Boulder, 9:44.71; 3. Logan Broedner, Fort Collins, 9:44.92.

3,200 relay — Final event on Wednesday.

Discus — 1. Andy Kline, Fort Collins, 151-10; 2.Nico Magri, Monarch, 149-11; 3. Garrett Betty, Broomfield, 147-2.

Pole vault — Still competing.

GIRLS

3,200 run — 1. Lauren Gregory, Fort Collins, 10:30.21; 2. Audrey Lookner, Monarch, 11:02.84; 3. Luna Slater, Poudre, 11:18.78.

3,200 relay — Final event on Wednesday.

Triple jump — 1. Tate Thornton, Rocky Mountain, 35-10; 2. Sarah Eastwood, Fossil Ridge, 35-10; 3. Samantha Gordon, Fort Collins, 35-5.5.

High jump — 1. Audra Koopman, Fort Collins, 5-4.5; 2. Mia Manson, Monarch, 5-2.5; 3. Myles Hilbert, Rocky Mountain, 5-2.5.

Shot put — 1. Gabby McDonald, Rocky Mountain, 43-1; 2. Emma Dern, Fort Collins, 39-2.5; 3. Lauren Whyrick, Greeley West, 37-7.75.