LAKEWOOD - With about 100 meters to go in the Class 5A boys 3,200-meter run on Thursday, Broomfield's Michael Mooney knew he needed to find another gear.
The senior found it and sprinted to the finish to claim his first championship at the state meet at Jeffco Stadium.
"It's a great feeling to win any race and at state it's an even better feeling," he said. "It's so much fun to race against these guys and they're all great competitors. It's a really fun time."
Mooney finished in 9 minutes, 12.97 seconds, shattering the school record in the process.
He had the lead with about 200 meters to go, but Denver East's Harrison Scudamore passed him. Coming out of the final turn, Mooney took off.
"As I came around the turn, I just wanted to get next to him, and the last 100 meters was just all heart," he said. "Give it everything I had left and hopefully he didn't have as much as I had left."
Mooney, who will run the 1,600 meters on Saturday, was pleased to have Scudamore pushing him.
"It's fun to be neck and neck with someone all the way down to the last 200 meters and passing each other back and forth," he said. "It was a great race."
Mooney had the first of two state titles for the Eagles on Thursday.
Later in the day, Broomfield's girls won the championship in the 3,200-meter relay. Seeded third coming in, the Eagles flew past their previous best time, finishing in 9:16.33. Their seed time was 9:30.62.
Mooney's twin sister, Madison, teamed with fellow senior Katelyn Mitchem and sophomores Lauren Felknor and Sydney Swanker to take the title.
Mitchem placed fourth in the individual 3,200 meters, with teammate Ivy Gonzales placing eighth.
Also for Broomfield, Samuel Godwin placed fourth in the boys pole vault.
Mavericks claim relay title
Going into the 4A state meet, Mead certainly was not the favorite to win the boys 3,200-meter relay.
The Mavericks never lost sight of that goal, however, on Thursday, they achieved it. Seniors Isaac Dukes, Justin McDaniel and Jack Weis teamed with junior Hunter Payne to claim first place with a blistering time of 7 minutes, 55.55 seconds.
"We felt like we've had a legitimate shot since the first practice of the year," Dukes said. "We were talking about that on our warmup. We set that as our goal, along with breaking 8 minutes. It all just kind of came together."
Seeded fourth going in, the Mavs' previous best time was 8:09.44, but Dukes got them off to a good start. By the time Payne got the baton for the anchor leg, they were in great position.
Still, with less than a lap to go, Payne and the Mavs had to hold of Pine Creek and Silver Creek, which had standout James Lee running the anchor.
"When it came down to like 250 to go, I saw (Lee's) kick," Dukes said, "but I saw Hunter turn on the jets like I've never seen before. That was insane, because an hour ago he just ran the 400.
"The amount of adrenaline and energy between all four of us right then was insane and watching him cross the line, it still feels kind of like a dream."
Runner-up finish for Siles
Legacy sophomore Brynn Siles had a tough end to her cross country season in the fall, but is off to a great start in the state track meet. Siles placed second in the 5A girls 3,200-meter run with a career-best time of 10:39.30.
In the fall, Siles was one of the favorites to win the state title in cross country, but was a late scratch because of an injury. She was seventh as a freshman.
On Saturday, she will compete in the 1,600 meters, coming in with one of the top five times of the year in 5A.
Boulder senior Claudia Burgess was third in the 3,200, posting a season-best time of 11:00.30. She was also third at the state cross country meet in the fall.
Martin third for Warriors
Lilly Martin of Frederick placed third in the 4A girls triple jump. She came up short of her season best, but posted a jump of 35 feet, 3.5 inches.
For Martin, who is the only Frederick athlete at the meet, it was the start of a busy weekend. She ran in the prelims of the 200 and 400 on Thursday, as well, but did not qualify for finals. On Friday, Martin will compete in the long jump.
Just behind Martin was Niwot's Sophia Grant, who had a season-best jump of 35-3 to place fourth. Silver Creek's Kaitlin James was sixth, with a jump of a 34-9.5.
Raptors' Dykema fifth
Silver Creek senior Trent Dykema finished fifth in the 4A boys triple jump.
Dykema, who is going to the Colorado School of Mines for basketball, set a new school record with a jump of 44 feet, 9.75 inches.
One of the big surprises of the day came in the 4A boys shot put, where Silver Creek's Samuel Dirkes came in as the favorite to win. Dirkes scratched on all three of his throws, however, and did not place. ... Niwot's girls placed second in the 3,200-meter relay, with the team of Erika Timbang, Lucca Fulkerson, Samrawit Dishon and Maggie Smith clocking in at 9:27.43. ... In addition to Burgess, Boulder had two other athletes reach the podium: senior Maria Chapman placed eighth in the 5A girls long jump and junior Dylan Rodgers was seventh in the 5A boys pole vault. ... Fairview's girls 3,200-meter relay team placed fourth. The team of Alexis Beggan, Isabella Bowland, Lauren McKenna and Isabel Thornberry posted a season-best time of 9:36.34.