LAKEWOOD - For a moment last season, Logan Kuskie of Lyons was in the running for a pole vault state championship.
But her older sister Brenna Kuskie, who was a senior at the time, cleared 11 feet, one inch to emerge victorious from the Class 2A girls pole vault state finals. When Brenna graduated that same month, Logan instantly became the favorite to win the 2A pole vault title in 2018.
Friday she did just that during the state championships at Jefferson County Stadium.
What Logan also did was to one-up her older sister by breaking Brenna's school record by one inch in the same pole vault pit where she set the record the year before.
The new Lyons High School girls pole vault record is 11-02 and it belongs to junior Logan Kuskie.
"It feels really good because I've been chasing that all season," Logan said. "I set a mark at the beginning of the season one inch below our school record so all season that's what I've been looking forward to. It feels great to see it all come together here today."
Logan Kuskie entered Friday's finals as the clear favorite and passed Wray sophomore Abigail Shay at 10-05. She then moved the bar up and cleared 10-08 and then 11-02 before missing three tries at 11-06.
"I was just ready to have a good day and compete well with the others," Kuskie said. "Abigail Shay from Wray competed really well and pushed me through the whole competition and I give her a lot of kudos for that. I've made big strides between each year and in all of my training so as long as I keep my momentum going, I hope to come back next year and come back and take some jumps at the state meet record."
Brenna Kuskie also challenged the 2A state meet record after locking up the 2017 state title but couldn't best the 11-09 mark set by Vail Christian's Taylor Alexander in 2016. Lyons sophomore Katie Fankhouser placed third in the pole vault, clearing 9-08 on Friday, and also placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:24.31. The Lyons girls - Hana Fankhouser, Alexa Karsel, Charlotte Rogers and Hannah Paton - finished runner-up in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:49.24.
On the boys side, Lyons sophomore Isaac Roberts placed second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:55.55. Try as he might, Roberts just couldn't reel in Rocky Ford senior Cody Danley who ran away with the title in 9:42.94.
"I tried to stick on him, just kept falling off him the whole race," Roberts said. "Then on the last lap, I just couldn't finish with him. He had a great race. He started going before I could and I just had nothing left to keep up with him."
Lyons senior Field Soosloff placed seventh with a time of 10:22.61 in the 3,200. Junior Colton Jonja-Plahn placed fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:00.14. The Lyons boys 800-meter relay team - Nathan Radich, Jackson Reeves, Braden Sandersfeld and Hauk Hubbard - placed third in 1:32.68.
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The Nederland and Lyons girls distance runners have developed a friendly rivalry over the years due to their close geographic proximity and perennial talent.
At the track and field state championships on Friday, the rivalry played out in the 2A girls 3,200-meter state finals. Between them, the Nederland Panthers and Lyons Lions account for four of the nine total spots on the podium.
Nederland's Sarah Davidson placed third with a time of 11:56.13, teammate Helen Cross was fourth in 11:56.43, Lyons senior Georgia Barone was eighth in 12:46.56 and Lyons junior Kylee Udovich finished ninth in 12:47.66.
"Lyons and Nederland I think have a really good relationship," Davidson said. "We race against each other a lot and we're like friends. We talk to each other and we communicate before and after races. They give us a lot of competition that we can rely on, which is good because the small schools are often racing against competition on the other side of the state so it's nice to have them close by."
More medals for Jefferson Academy
After claiming several pieces of hardware on Thursday, the Jefferson Academy Jaguars left Jefferson County Stadium with more after Day 2.
Jaguars senior Kaitlyn Thimsen placed fourth in the 3A girls triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, 4.5 inches. Thimsen also teamed with Kristen Capan, Lily Thimsen and Rebecka Ballard to place fifth in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:47.96.
Shining Mountain's Emma Schaefer still going strong
After winning the 1A girls 3,200-meter title on Thursday, Shining Mountain senior Emma Schaefer returned to place third in the 800 with a time of 2:28.76. Teammate Abby Leauchten placed sixth in 2:33.34 and Olivia Jabari placed eighth in 2:36.30.
The Lions girls also placed third in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 10:48.65. The Shining Mountain boys 3,200-meter relay placed fourth with a time of 9:03.68.