David R Jennings
Longmont’s Steven Wacker clears 14 feet in the pole vault on Friday at the Broomfield Shootout.

BROOMFIELD — Braden Hitchcock has faced his share of challenges during his senior season of track. But Friday the Longmont athlete appeared far from hamstrung by his litany of injuries.

The Trojan turned in one of his team’s most impressive finishes of the Broomfield Shootout, winning the 300-meter hurdles in convincing fashion. And remaining undefeated through his first four outings in the event has Hitchcock more than convinced this is the year he will strike in the event.

A state title run in the hurdles is not out of the question.

“It feels like it is,” said the senior, who finished third in the 300 hurdles at the 2011 Class 4A state meet. “I sprained my ACL in football, so I missed most of basketball season. I just need to get in shape.”

Hitchcock raced to a time of 39.93 seconds, but even with the solid finish — in a race he led the entire time — the Trojan is certain he has more in store.

“I would like to see myself drop to the low 38s or 37s,” he said. “I’m pushing myself in practice. I definitely think it’s possible.”

Pole vaulter Steven Wacker was the Trojans’ other top finisher on the afternoon. Wacker had difficulty finding the right pole Saturday, but despite switching weights mid-competition the Longmont senior vaulted to the top.

Wacker cleared 14 feet, beating the rest of the field by six inches. But the feat took some tinkering after the heavier, snappier poles were not creating the pop Wacker was after.

“I had to switch up a couple of times,” he said. “I went up at 14 (feet) to a heavier pole and wasn’t feeling it. Then I moved down again, but then I went right into the bar.”

The meet had a timing breakdown midway through. From that point on, official results were not available in real time, nor were team results. But the glitches did not hit the system before Harrison Einspahr turned in a top sprint showing.

The Broomfield senior blew the doors off the 100-meter dash field, winning the sprint by nearly 10-meters. But his time, a 10.79, is only a foreshadowing of what Einspahr believes he is capable of this season.

“A little was missing from my start, I didn’t get out as quick as I would have liked,” said the senior, who has a season-best time of 10.73. “Hopefully get a few more races under my belt over the next few weeks and get some better times.”

Boulder had a strong showing on the field, with Hans Lehndorff and Haley Hampson each walking away champions.

Lehndorff won the discus with an attempt of 154 feet, 11 inches. Hampson won the high jump with a 5-foot trip over the bar. But it was a Panther on the track that really proved her prowess.

Sam Lewis considers the 3,200-meter run her strongest event. But Saturday the Boulder distance specialist made a pretty good case for her contention in a shorter event. Lewis dusted the 1,600-meter field, with a strong kick in the middle of the race.

The Panther turned it on at the end of the second lap and had nearly a 100-meter lead by the time she snapped the tape.

“I knew going into the third lap I needed to make my move and see what would happen,” said Lewis, who recorded a time of 5:18.13. “It worked out well.”

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BROOMFIELD SHOOTOUT

At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium

Note: Only partial results available due to timing system problems.

BOYS

3,200 relay — 1. Thompson Valley (Weneka, Baldwin, McKenna, Lara), 8:03.5; 2. Broomfield, 8:09.07; 3. Loveland, 8:23.68; 4. Poudre, 8:41.38; 5. Cherokee Trail, 8:45.17.

110 hurdles — 1. Josh Mielke, Thompson Valley, 15.41; 2. Josh Cogdill, Longmont, 15.60; 3. Scott Dickinson, Broomfield, 15.77; 4. Ryan DeYoung, Mullen, 15.84; 5. Lorne Jenkins, Niwot, 16.28.

300 hurdles — 1. Braden Hitchcok, Longmont, 39.93; 2. Lorne Jenkins, 40.31; 3. Charles Rappe, Poudre, 40.82; 4. Josh Cogdill, Logmont, 41.04; 5. Justin Boldt, Lyons, 41.53.

100 dash — 1. Harrison Einspahr, Broomfield, 10.79; 2. Enyinna Isiguz, George Washington, 10.94; 3. Ben Meyer, Fairview, 10.95; 4. Jamal Shields, Thomas Jefferson, 11.16; 5. Micah Lund, Cherokee Trail, 11.28.

800 relay — 1. ThunderRidge (Rozier, Findley, Morningstar, Ciurczak), 1:30.63; 2. Cherokee Trail, 1:30.89; 3. Greeley Central, 1:31.74; 4. Mountain View, 1:32.02; 5. Loveland, 1:33.55.

1,600 run — 1. Kirk Webb, Monarch, 4:19.69; 2. Daniel Lara, Thompson Valley, 4:28.48; 3. Conner Timms, Skyline, 4:29.40; 4. Ethan Gonzales, Broomfield, 4:35.48; 5. .Collin Lowe, Monarch, 4:37.01.

400 relay — 1. Mullen (Vaughn, Mars, Johnson, Brown), 43.63; 2. ThunderRidge, 44.40; 3. Lyons, 44.55; 4. Greeley Central, 44.56; 4. Silver Creek, 44.56.

Pole vault — 1. Steven Wacker, Longmont, 14-00; 2. Erik Monahan, Silver Creek, 13-06; 2. Isaac Wilson, Broomfield, 13-06; 4. Mackenzie Felkley, Boudler, 13-00; 4. Scott Baldwin, Silver Creek, 13-00.

Boys long jump — 1. Brand Rodewald, ThunderRidge, 22-04; 2. Braden Hitchcock, Longmont, 21-03; 3. Lorne Jenkins, Niwot, 21-03 1/2; 4. Ryan Morningstar, ThunderRidge, 20-09; 5. Forrest Donnell, Lyons, 20-07.

Discus — 1. Hans Lendorff, Boulder, 154-11; 2. James Roberts, Broomfield, 150-10; 3. Mile Bergner, Longmont, 148-10; 4. Ryan Magnuson, Greeley Central, 144-11; 4. Josh Ouimet, Loveland, 144-09.


GIRLS

100 hurdles — 1. Kaylee Packham, Loveland, 14.65; 2. Taylor Klein, Mullen, 14.69; 3. Amanda Andrews, Cherokee Trail, 15.83; 4. ShaRay Nelson, George Washington, 16.15; 5. Katie Croell, Broomfield, 16.19.

300 hurdles — 1. Kaylee Packham, Loveland, 44.44; 2. ShaRay Nelson, George Washington, 46.91; 3. Katie Croell, Broomfield, 47.51; 4. Erin Bowers, ThunderRidge, 47.470; 5. Amanda Andrews, Cherokee Trail, 49.23.100 dash — 1. Christine Scott, Mullen, 12.15; 2. Stefanie Tuder, Loveland, 12.52; 3. Khadijah Sayyid, Peak to Peak, 12.73; 4. Daisha Stanley, Cherokee Trail, 12.81; 5. Vanessa Gillespie, Thomas Jefferson, 12.85.

400 dash — 1. Taylor Buschy, Loveland, 57.74; 2. Kelsey Traxinger, Niwot, 59.40; 3. Heather Harrower, Fairview, 59.48; 4. Amanda Diaz, Mullen, 1:00.37; 5. Julia Wockner, Poudre, 1:01.28.

1,600 run — 1. Sam Lewis, Boulder, 5:18.13; 2. Kailie Hartman, Loveland, 5:20.92; 3. Riley Cooney, Mountain View, 5:21.40; 4. Taylor Floming, Monarch, 5:21.43; 5. Kaitlyn Benner, Monarch, 5:23.12.

800 relay — 1. Loveland (Packham, Fuchs, Bushy, Tuder), 1:41.80; 2. Cherokee Trail, 1:46.28; 3. ThunderRidge, 1:49.31; 4. Longmont, 1:51.76; 5. Mountain View, 1:53.71; 5. Niwot, 1:53.71.

800 sprint medley — 1. Mountain View (N/A) , 1:50.19; 2. Loveland, 1:50.47; 3. Thompson Valley, 1:52.43; 4. Greeley Central, 1:52.81; 5. Thomas Jefferson, 1:55.36.

3,200 relay — 1. Thunder Ridge (Kohrs, Waters, Atwell, Hemminger), 10:08.49; 2. Loveland, 10:14.01; 3. Peak to Peak, 10:15.29; 4. Dakota Ridge, 10:15.42; 5. Broomfield, 10:26.99.

High Jump — 1. Haley Hampson, Boulder, 5-00; 2. Maccy Leonard, Monarch, 5-00; 3. Ashley Krawczuk, Loveland, 5-00; 4. Megan Wenham, ThunderRidge, 4-10; 5. Olivia Todd, 4-08.

Triple Jump — 1. Hannah, Cherokee Trail, 34-11 1/2; 2. Sarah Hughes, Broomfield, 34-06 3/4; 3. Ali Artzberger, Thopmson Valley, 34-01; 4. Jae Ferrin, Dakota Ridge, 33-07 1/2; 5. Abby Watson, Mountain View, 33-07 1/4.

Shot put — 1. Megan Patterson, Pueblo South, 47-03; 2. Valarie Allman, Silver Creek, 39-07 1/2; 3. Rachel Pott, Poudre, 39-01 1/4; 4. Sydnie Spencer, Loveland, 36-06 1/2; 5. Katrina Wager, Greeley Central, 36-05 3/4.