LAKEWOOD — Despite a last-minute lineup switch, the Fairview girls had a solid finish to the Class 5A state meet at Jefferson County Stadium on Sunday.
The Knights capped the meet with a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay. Seeded first coming into the meet, Fairview clocked in at 4 minutes, 0.35 seconds, just .63 off their season-best time.
"I was planning on being the second leg, actually, and we were going to have Marlena (Preigh) anchor," said senior Hannah Freeman. "But she just ran the 1,600 and she was feeling pretty beat, so we decided that I should anchor at the last minute. But I was excited to anchor since it was my last race on this track."
For Freeman, it was a good finish to her career, as she also placed fourth in the individual 800 meters.
Preigh, a sophomore, finished third in the 1,600 meters less than two hours before the relay, and placed seventh in the 800 in the morning. Sophomore Vanessa Haggans and freshman Isabel Thornberry also ran on the 1,600 relay.
A sixth-place finish in the pole vault by Annalise Arant helped the Knights finish fifth in the overall team race.
Schaefer holds down the fort for Shining Mountain
The promise of the weekend was lessened significantly for Shining Mountain once it became clear that an illness would keep one of their top runners from competing in the state meet.
But that didn't stop junior Emma Schaefer from doing her thing. After winning the 1A 3,200 on Saturday, she followed that state title with another gold in the 1,600, winning the race in 5:32.27.
"Going into it, I didn't really know what to expect but I just tried to go into it with a positive mindset," said Schaefer, who also placed fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:27.31. "I did that and I really pushed the last stretch, which I feel good about. I'm really excited how the meet turned out and I'm looking forward to next year and setting new goals."
Teammate Abby Leuchten was sick and missed the entire state meet. She was seeded second in the 1,600 on Sunday and would have competed in several other events.
Eagles' Mooney runner-up
Broomfield junior Madison Mooney placed second in the 5A girls 800-meter run, posting a season-best time of 2:11.25.
Mooney, who was nearly two seconds faster than her previous best time, finished just .31 of a second behind Fort Collins senior Lauren Gregory. Mooney finished third in the event a year ago while running for Horizon.
Later in the day, Mooney added a seventh-place finish in the 1,600 meters. On the boys side, Michael Mooney was sixth in the 1,600.
Also for the Eagles, Alison White finished second in the girls pole vault.
Lyons girls second in relay
The Lyons girls finished the state meet with a strong performance in the 2A 1,600-meter relay, placing second.
A trio of freshmen - Katie Fankhouser, Alexa Karsel and Hannah Paton - teamed with junior Hayley Karsel to help the Lions to a win in their heat. They finished second to Meeker, which won the first heat.
Junior Ixchel Leeuwenburgh also finished well, placing second in the girls discus. She had a season-best throw of 119 feet, 3 inches.
Paton added a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters and Ceann Udovich was ninth in the 1,600.
On the boys side, Nate Christy had a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, and the Lions capped the day with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay.
Falcons' Wathen claims three medals
Skyline sophomore Jack Wathen came away from the state meet with three medals, including two on Sunday.
Individually, Wathen placed ninth in the 4A boys 400 meters. On Sunday, he also helped the Falcons to a sixth-place finish in the 400 relay. Wathen was a part of Skyline's fourth-place finish in the 800 relay on Saturday.
Wathen teamed with Braden Kram, Moses Rivera and Kyle West on both relays.
Three medals for Erie's Brand
Erie sophomore Teagan Brand had an exceptional meet for the Tigers.
Individually, she played seventh in the 4A girls 400 meters. She also helped the Tigers to a fifth-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay and a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter relay.
Senior Rylin Brett and sophomore Haley Hahn ran on both relays with Brand. Sophomore Kaelin Hawkins ran on the 400 relay and sophomore Alia Brand on the 1,600 relay.
Warriors' Aragon jumps to third
Frederick's Kelly Aragon finished her career in style, with a third-place finish in the 4A girls high jump.
With a top jump of 5 feet, 4 inches, Aragon was just shy of her personal best (5-5), but came away with her first state medal. She was 13th at state a year ago.
St. Vrain schools had three of the top five finishers in the event, with Silver Creek's Rylee Anderson winning and Longmont's Katherine McCain placing fifth.
Aragon wasn't the only Warrior to win a medal. Senior Julia Wyatt placed eighth in the 4A girls shot put.
JA's Van Cleave third
Jefferson Academy senior Christian Van Cleave closed his career with a third-place finish in the 3A boys 800-meter run.
Van Cleave, who was fifth in the event a year ago, posted a season-best time of 1:56.25. Later in the day, he helped the Jaguars place ninth in the 1,600 relay.
Also for the Jaguars, Tyler Thimsen was fourth in the boys triple jump and Aidan Boyd was ninth in the 110 hurdles.
The Boulder girls had a pair of fourth-place finishes on Sunday. Individually, Lauren Neugeboren was fourth in the 5A 1,600 meters. She also helped the Panthers to a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 relay. ... Longmont's Kayla Waterman placed seventh in the 4A girls 100 meters. The Trojans added a sixth-place finish in the boys 1,600-meter relay. ... Nederland teammates Sarah Davidson and Helen Cross both finished in the top five of the 2A girls 1,600-meter run. Davison, a junior, was fourth, while Cross, a freshman, was fifth. ... Abby Glynn of Mead was fifth in the 4A girls 400 meters. ... Holy Family sophomore Diandra Romero finished seventh in the 3A girls discus, while junior Jody Gallagher was ninth. Teammate Payton Corah, a junior, took home a state medal with a ninth-place finish in the 3A girls 800-meter run.