Silver Creek’s Rylee Anderson clears the bar in the high jump during the St. Vrain New Balance Invitational at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont
Silver Creek's Rylee Anderson clears the bar in the high jump during the St. Vrain New Balance Invitational at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont Friday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Everly-Montgomery Field is hallowed ground for Colorado track and field.

With competitors gathered from nearly 60 schools for the St. Vrain Invite on Friday night, top-flight contenders from the area sharpened up in anticipation of next weekend's state meet.

Two-time defending 4A champion Rylee Anderson of Silver Creek was one such competitor as she proved more capable than any high jumper in meet history, topping the bar at 5 feet, 7.5 inches. She had been in a tie for the meet record, posted as a freshman, at 5 feet, 5.5 inches. Vista Peak freshman Raina Branch also surpassed the record with a leap of 5 feet, 6.5 inches.

"I felt pretty good today," Anderson said. "I mean, I had a three hour volleyball practice last night. That obviously drains my legs pretty good, but I think I did pretty good."

Competing the day after a long practice is atypical for the junior, but the 4A classification record holder (5 feet, 10 inches earlier this season, tied with Amy Bladow of Lewis-Palmer from 2003) still had enough juice in her legs to out leap everyone again. In fact, Anderson is now undefeated in her last 21 competitions in the high jump.

"I feel pretty good about state," she said. "I've been consistently hitting five-six, five-seven. That does me really well mentally and physically. There's a lot of great competition in 4A this year."


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Anderson is ecstatic about the success of the Silver Creek program as a whole this season as well. Junior Thomas Blazon had a new personal best of 11.29 to place third in the 100-meter dash. Blazon was just outside the top 18 rankings in 4A, but the Northern Conference boys team champions also had runner-up finishes in discus and shot put out of Brock Knechtel (164-11, 52-10.75).

"We've got lots of really good talent on the boys and girls sides this year," Anderson said. "We've qualified probably more people for state this year than we have any other year."

Valor Christian sophomore Anna Hall, one of the top young heptathletes in America, and Branch figure to challenge Anderson in her pursuit of a third high jump championship in three years. Monarch freshman Mia Manson (5 feet, 4.5 inches) placed third at St. Vrain in high jump, and posted top three performances in the 100-meter dash (3rd, 12.47) and pole vault (1st, 12-1) as well. She's a strong contender for the 5A crown in pole vault already.

A number of other girls and boys shined bright on a sunny day at Everly-Montgomery.

Mead’s Victoria Thorne competes in the shot put during the St. Vrain New Balance Invitational at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont Friday. Go to
Mead's Victoria Thorne competes in the shot put during the St. Vrain New Balance Invitational at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont Friday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Mead sophomore Abby Glynn took down her own school record in the 400-meter dash, just getting inched out at the line by Air Academy's Olivia Whitaker 57.28-57.36. Glynn (46.55) also nabbed third in the 300 hurdles. Boulder County swept the podium places in the 800 as Broomfield junior Madison Mooney (2:13.24) scurried away just enough from Peak to Peak sophomore Anna Shults (2:13.73). Monarch senior Holly Bent placed third in 2:15.60.

Shults and sophomore teammate Quinn McConnell (2:14.13) are No. 1 and No. 2 in 3A in the two-lapper. McConnell was runner-up in the 1600 in 5:00.01 in the evening.

The Erie quartet of Teagan Brand, Rylin Brett, Haley Hahn and Kaelin Hawkins (1:49.24) rode a tremendous 400-meter anchor leg by Brand for the come-from-behind win over Loveland (1:49.29). Erie's season best time ranks second in 4A.

The Niwot girls 800 and 1600 relays set new 4A top times this season in the 800 (1:42.36) and 1600 (3:56) relays. Mackenzie Fidelak, Mary Gillett and Alexis Carroll form the core of a team with realistic title aspirations.

The boys 3200 was also a clean sweep of the podium by area athletes with Boulder's Sean Riedel (9:51.32) holding off Monarch's Isaac Russo (9:51.99). Broomfield's Joseph Carwin (10:00.27) was third. Broomfield junior Ivy Gonzales claimed the girls 3200 crown in 11 minutes, 34 seconds and Eagle hurdler Mitchell Gorman was second in the 300 hurdles.

Centaurus' sophomore trio of Kyle Piper, Cooper Brown and Torey Puckett paired with junior John O'Malley to move past Niwot on the final leg of the 3,200 relay, winning and posting a season best time of 8:13.08 to Niwot's 8:13.98. Both relays should be safely into the 4A state meet.

Centaurus’ Torrey Puckett takes his team to a first place finish in the 3,200 meter relay during the St. Vrain New Balance Invitational at
Centaurus' Torrey Puckett takes his team to a first place finish in the 3,200 meter relay during the St. Vrain New Balance Invitational at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont Friday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Monarch senior Isaac Green got the better of a duel with Silver Creek junior James Lee in the 1600, shattering the meet and stadium records with a new personal best on Colorado soil of 4 minutes, 12.26 seconds. Lee ran easily the quickest 4A time in the state with a 4:14.61. The all-classification state record of 4:10.98 (Widefield's Rich Martinez in 1981) seemed in danger throughout the race with both runners pressing the pace, but the mark held for another week. Monarch's Charlie Perry (4:21.71) also had a new personal best for third place.

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St. Vrain Invitational

At Everly-Montgomery Field

BOYS

100 meter dash — 1. Nik Chapee, Air Academy, 11.12; 2. Nick Ciccio, Lutheran, 11.15; 3. Thomas Blazon, Silver Creek, 11.29.

200 dash — 1. Nik Chapee, Air Academy, 21.90; 2. Anthony Bellot, Vista Ridge, 21.93; 3. Nick Ciccio, Lutheran, 22.46.

400 dash — 1. Isaiah Lapioli, Vista Ridge, 49.20; 2. Nik Chapee, Air Academy, 49.32; 3. Cooper Harmon, Fairview, 50.40.

800 run — 1. Talon Berta, Grand Junction Central, 1:55.13; 2. Jeremy Meadows, Palmer Ridge, 1:56.30; 3. Adam Marcus, Mountain View, 1:56.92.

1,600 run — 1. Isaac Green, Monarch, 4:12.26; 2. James Lee, Silver Creek, 4:14.61; 3. Charlie Perry, Monarch, 4:21.71.

3,200 run — 1. Sean Riedel, Boulder, 9:51.32; 2. Isaac Russo, Monarch, 9:51.99; 3. Joseph Carwin, Broomfield, 10:00.27.

110 hurdles — 1. Luke Gordley, Mountain View, 14.87; 2. Angelo Hurtado, Roosevelt, 15.51; 3. Aaron Clausen, Lutheran, 15.52.

300 hurdles — 1. Luke Gordley, Mountain View, 38.49; 2. Mitchell Gorman, Broomfield, 40.07; 3. AJ Crowley, Glenwood Springs, 40.38.

400 relay — 1. Vista Ridge, 42.54; 2. Lutheran, 42.74; 2. Rangeview, 43.09.

800 relay — 1. Thompson Valley, 1:29.97; 2. Longmont, 1:30.41; 3. Skyline, 1:30.96.

3,200 relay — 1. Centaurus, 8:13.08; 2. Niwot, 8:13.98; Holy Family, 8:16.09.

Long jump — 1. Raymon Harper, Vista Ridge, 23-2.75; 2. Gift Chinda, 22-10.50; 3. Zach Weinmaster, Loveland, 22-1.

Triple jump — 1. Chad Mikelson, Sedgwick County, 44-10.50; 2. Raymon Harper, Vista Ridge, 44-1.75; 3. Hunter Maldonado, Vista Ridge, 43-06.50.

High jump — 1. Raymon Harper, Vista Ridge, 6-03.50; 2. Ryan Goldhammer, Lutheran, 6-02.50; 3. Bryce Risner, Glenwood Springs, 6-02.50.

Discus — 1. Adam Dawson, Lutheran, 171-09; 2. Brock Knechtel, Silver Creek, 164-11; 3. Jacob Dack, Lutheran , 151-10.

Shot put — 1. Jacob Dack, Lutheran, 55-00.25; 2. Brock Knetchel, Silver Creek, 52-10.75; 3. Chad Mikelson, Sedgwick County, 51-09.

Pole vault — 1. Cole Rowan, Monarch, 14-07; 2. Tane Wilson, Brighton, 14-01; 3. Dawson Hopkinson, University, 13-07.

GIRLS

100 meter dash — 1. Dawnielle Lewis, Rangeview, 12.16; 2. Maya Evans, Lutheran, 12.20; 3. Mia Manson, Monarch, 12.47.

200 dash — 1. Dawnielle Lewis, Rangeview, 24.72; 2. Maya Evans, Lutheran, 25.21; 3. Michaela Moore, Cheyenne Mountain, 25.78.

400 dash — 1. Olivia Whitaker, Air Academy, 57.28; 2. Abby Glynn, Mead, 57.36; 3. Hannah Freeman, Fairview, 58.41.

800 run — 1. Madison Mooney, Broomfield, 2:13.24; 2. Anna Shults, Peak to Peak, 2:13.73; 3. Holly Bent, Monarch, 2:15.60.

1,600 run — 1. Lauren Offerman, Mountain View, 4:57.79; 2. Quinn McConnell, Peak to Peak, 5:00.01; 3. Naomi Harding, Battle Mountain, 5:06.95.

3,200 run — 1. Ivy Gonzales, Broomfield, 11:34.22; 2. Sydney Teslow, Fossil Ridge, 11:38.71; 3. Grace Johnson, Battle Mountain, 11:44.65.

100 hurdles — 1. Zoe Gilbertson, Mountain Range, 14.50; 2. Hannah Weinmaster, Loveland, 15.24; 3. Mackenzie Fidelak, Niwot, 15.61.

300 hurdles — 1. Sequoia Kellogg, Glenwood Springs, 46.28; 2. Mary McCowen, Cheyenne Mountain, 46.34; 3. Abby Glynn, Mead, 46.55.

400 relay — 1. Mountain Range, 48.73; 2. Rangeview, 48.81; 3. Niwot, 49.04.

800 relay — 1. Niwot, 1:42.36; 2. Monarch, 1:44.16; 3. Battle Mountain, 1:45.83.

3,200 relay — 1. Roosevelt, 9:43.76; 2. Holy Family, 10:03.10; 3. Battle Mountain, 10:06.66.

Long jump — 1. Maya Evans, Lutheran, 20-10.00; 2. Tatum Rembao, Loveland, 17-10; 3. Carina Schmid, Fairview, 17-00.

Triple jump — 1. Sequoia Kellogg, Glenwood Springs, 35-01.00; 2. Carina Schmid, Fairview, 35-00.50; 3. Shiloh Berger, Longmont, 34-05.50.

High jump — 1. Rylee Anderson, Silver Creek, 5-7.50; 2. Raina Branch, Vista Peak, 5-6.50; 3. Mia Manson, Monarch, 5-4.50.

Discus — 1. Alexis Dubiel, Vista Ridge, 123-07; 2. Katelin Gallegos, Air Academy, 118-10; 3. Cindy Ybarra, Thompson Valley, 116-09.

Shot put — 1. Jeneen Ibrahim, Wiggins, 38-02; 2. Alexia Soria, Greeley West, 37-00; 3. Moira Dillow, Loveland, 36-02.

Pole vault — 1. Mia Manson, Monarch, 12-01.00; 2. Alison White Broomfield, 11-07.00; 3. Ivy Todd, Estes Park, 11-01.00.