LYONS — Niwot's Oskar Wells was far from being blue after the Lyons Invitational on Saturday afternoon, despite wanting to get a little bit better time in his 800 meter run.
In Class 4A, the 800 seems to be where it's at among local boys teams, and Wells has continued to show he's in the mix — among several other area athletes — for a podium spot late in May. In fact, the way it's shaping up, the event could produce an all-BoCo podium with Silver Creek's James Lee, Niwot's Cruz Culpepper and Wells, and Erie's Adam Huonder all sitting in the 4A top five so far.
Only Huonder was part of the competition in Saturday's event, part of a large meet co-hosted by Lyons and Longmont at John "Jet Johnson" Field, but the Erie sophomore gave Wells a run for his money and pushed the Cougars junior to a meet record finish of 1 minute, 59.19 seconds.
It was one of several boys events that saw meet records set, including a shattering of the pole vault mark from Monarch's Max Manson.
"It's hard to get upset when you break two (minutes) and set a meet record, but I'm looking forward to the rest of the season because I still have a lot of races to go," said Wells, who currently sits third in the 800 with a top season time of 1:58.61. "I'm happy I got that meet record. I was hoping for a little faster time and I think I've struggled a little bit this season with hitting what I want to hit so far."
Wells, also a solid 400 runner, is used to being pushed by his own teammates in the 800 but didn't have Culpepper around to lean on this particular day. Culpepper, as well as Ares Reading, were down at the Texas Relays — the pair made some big news by going 4:11.54 (Culpepper in the mile) and 9:18.50 (Reading in the two-mile) in a big national meet.
Wells also helped NHS finish second in the 1,600 relay and pushed the Cougars to a fifth place team finish.
"I'm a large 400 runner, so that first lap and hitting my split there ... if I go in my first four and hit that split I have a positive feeling about the rest of it," Wells said.
Another mid-distance runner to be on the lookout for is Mead's Hunter Payne, and while he excelled on Saturday for the Mavericks as per usual, there were a number of eyebrow-raising runs for MHS that led the boys team to a third place finish overall.
Starting with senior Justin McDaniel's two-mile run for seventh, Mead continually found results in the top five throughout the meet just a week after hosting the RE-1J District meet at their school and setting more than a handful of personal bests.
Jake Wachter, a sophomore, finished third in both sprint events at Lyons and helped the 400 relay team to a second place finish — their time of 44.78 seconds would sit roughly 12th state-wide.
At the top of the 400 were two Mavs including sophomore Nick Scohy, who set a personal best on Saturday with a run of 52.50 seconds, just about a half-second off of Payne's pace (51.91).
Wachter and Scohy, both younger members of the squad to be true, seem eager to make sure their team isn't overshadowed by some of the other strong local 4A squads.
"I'm really impressed with the improvements we've made overall with our times, and as these meets get harder and more competitive we're keeping up" Wachter said. "It was nice being familiar with our track last week and just get our feet under us. (The 400 relay) was great compared to our run at our track. Our handoffs were terrible last week, and these went real smooth today."
"You just have to continue to work hard, and personally I know I have a lot of good guys to pace after around me to push me forward," added Scohy. "It's real great to have the family atmosphere we have."
Class 3A's Lutheran High School won the boys team title on Saturday with what appeared to be their full roster in tow.
In addition to Wells, Niwot's effort was boosted by Alex Herman's finishes in the 100, 200 and 400-meter runs (all scored points).
Longmont tied Niwot with 46 points, gaining most of those in the field events. Nick Paone and Cruz Garcia went third and fourth in the long jump, Eddie Kurjak and Jack Shew went third and fourth in the high jump, and Will Pruess placed fourth in the shot put.
Manson's 16-foot, 2 inch vault crushed the meet record by almost two feet, and MoHi's Cole Rowan also placed second in pole vault at 14 feet, 2 inches. The Coyotes' Will Dixon placed fourth in the two-mile, and Mitchell Waters was second in the 300 hurdles with a sizzling time of 40.98 seconds.
Lyons' 1,600 relay team finished third among a group of big-school stalwarts, and the Lions also had freshman Aidan Christiansen's 19 foot, 6.5-inch long jump to boast about as the freshman placed second.
Broomfield's 3,200 relay team placed second behind the team from Frontier Academy, but both foursomes had meet-record times (Broomfield's was 8:27.47).
At Lyons HS
Team scores — Lutheran 114, Roosevelt 92, Mead 58, Vista Ridge 52, Niwot 46, Longmont 46, Monarch 41, Lyons 34, Broomfield 33, Air Academy 32, Arvada West 30, Classical Academy 28, Frontier Academy 21, Valor Christian 19, Jefferson Academy 13, Thompson Valley 10, Peak to Peak 9, Denver West 9, Erie 8, Adams City 4, Boulder 3.
100 meter dash — 1. Hamby, Roosevelt, 11.20; 2. Arkell, Lutheran, 11.33; 3. Jake Wachter, Mead, 11.42.
200 dash — 1. Loper, Lutheran, 22.55; 2. Ammon, Lutheran, 22.57; 3. Jake Wachter, Mead, 22.82.
400 dash — 1. Ammon, Lutheran, 50.77; 2. Loper, Lutheran, 51.58; 3. Hunter Payne, Mead, 51.91; 4. Nick Scohy, Mead, 52.50.
800 run — 1. Oskar Wells, Niwot, 1:59.19; 2. Adam Huonder, Erie, 2:00.93; 3. Orozco, Roosevelt, 2:01.18.
1,600 run — 1. Thurman, Air Academy, 4:35.74; 2. Perez, Arvada West, 4:37.62; 3. Will Ledden, Peak to Peak, 4:39.38.
3,200 run — 1. Norman, Classical Academy, 9:43.23; 2. Berndt, Arvada West, 9:46.22; 3. Schubert, Thompson Valley, 9:46.80; 4. Will Dixon, Monarch, 9:47.85.
110 hurdles — 1. Hurtado, Roosevelt, 14.95; 2. Hanson, Lutheran, 15.26; 3. Grant, Classical Academy, 15.36; 5. Zackery Collins, Mead, 16.03.
300 hurdles — 1. Hurtado, Roosevelt, 40.90; 2. Mitchell Waters, Monarch, 40.98; 3. Davis, Vista Ridge, 42.44.
400 relay — 1. Roosevelt, 44.07; 2. Mead, 44.78; 3. Denver West, 45.49.
800 relay — 1. Lutheran, 1:30.37; 2. Broomfield, 1:32.96; 3. Longmont, 1:33.92.
1,600 relay — 1. Vista Ridge, 3:32.17; 2. Niwot, 3:33.43; 3. Lyons, 3:34.02
3,200 relay — 1. Frontier Academy, 8:24.47; 2. Broomfield, 8:27.40; 3. Lutheran, 8:53.84.
Long jump — 1. Keefe, Valor Christian, 21-2; 2. Aidan Christiansen, Lyons, 19-6.5; 3. Nick Paone, Longmont, 19-4.5.
Triple jump — 1. Argosino, Lutheran, 42-3; 2. Pargas, Roosevelt, 41-5.5; 3. Bryson Tillema, Mead, 41-1.5.
High jump — 1. Harper, Vista Ridge, 6-10; Goldhammer, Lutheran, 6-9; 3. Eddie Kurjak, Longmont, 6-1; 4. Jack Shew, Longmont, 6-1j.
Discus — 1. Heater, Roosevelt, 148-1; 2. Mazza, Lutheran, 132-0; 3. Max Towlen, Niwot, 128-3.
Shot put — 1. Simmons, Lutheran, 49-9; 2. Heater, Roosevelt, 47-7; 3. Podojil, Roosevelt, 47-1; 4. Will Preuss, Longmont, 44-8.5.
Pole vault — 1. Max Manson, Monarch, 16-2; 2. Cole Rowan, Monarch, 14-2; 3. Samuel Godwin, Broomfield, 13-8.