BROOMFIELD — At it’s most fundamental level, each race is about finishing in first place. But to Kirk Webb, the races at Saturday’s Boulder County Track and Field Championships were about more than crossing the finish line before everyone else.
They were about history.
Running into the record books, the Monarch senior set new meet records of 1 minute, 53.99 seconds in the 800-meter run and 4:21.11 in the 1,600. It was exactly the type of memorable performance he was questing for and it earned him the meet’s Most Outstanding Performance award.
“It means a lot. I wish I could say it’s all about winning and as long as I get first, that’s what’s important,” Webb said. “But I want to leave a legacy in this state and records are the best way to do that.”
Webb, whose Coyotes finished fourth, also anchored the Monarch 1,600 relay team with a strong final leg that sealed first place. He said he was pumped up for the BoCo meet, which is annually marked on the calendars of most area athletes.
“Training has just been really good the past couple of weeks. We have some of the best coaches in the state and they know exactly what to do with us,” Webb said. “Other than state, this is one of the most crucial meets for us to perform. It’s all about the bragging rights.”
After coming in second several years in a row, Broomfield edged out Longmont for the team title this year. The Eagles won the 400 and 800 relays, and Ben Forsee won the 3,200 to help his team take first place after finishing second four of the past five seasons.
“It feels pretty good, especially with how young the team is,” Eagles senior Harrison Einspahr said. “This year, I think we have the highest chance we’ve ever had to win state. I’m excited, the coaches are excited, everybody out here is excited, especially to get the trophy today.”
For the Fairview Knights, who finished third, Ben Meyer took first with a time of 10.59 in the 100-meter dash and also won the 200 with a time of 21.48 seconds.
“I feel really good. Last week was kind of a breakthrough week for me,” the senior said. “I just put out these times I didn’t know I was capable of and I’ve just been carrying on that train, riding high. It feels good.”
The Knights also took first in the 3,200 relay and Ryan Prinster jumped 43 feet, 101/2 inches to win the triple jump title.
Boulder’s Hans Lehndorff broke his school’s 29-year-old record in the discus with a toss of 159-2.
“This year it’s been close, three feet of the record, four feet off the record,” Lehndorff said. “On my last throw, I set the record. It’s been my goal all season. In all my three sports, this is the most important thing I’ve done.”
David Young took third in the high jump and Alani Estrella took third in the 800-meter run to lead the Centaurus Warriors.
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