BROOMFIELD — With a total of six track and cross country state titles to her credit, Kelley Robinson has mastered the art of turning in her best races whenever the pressure is greatest.
That said, the senior from Nederland does not get to enjoy many opportunities on the high school circuit to test her mettle against her big-school rivals. For that reason, the Boulder County Invitational always is circled on Robinson’s calendar, and on Saturday Robinson added another chapter to her glorious prep career.
Robinson successfully defended her BoCo championship in the 3,200 meter run, highlighting a day that also saw the Monarch relay teams turn in a pair of record-setting performances.
“When we come to this meet, we are the smallest school here by a long ways,” Robinson said. “It’s kind of nice to represent that. Just because we’re small, that doesn’t mean we can’t compete at the same level as the 5A and 4A schools. I love coming here. We go to a lot of small meets, and it’s not the same. This is healthy competition.”
It was the first time this season that Robinson, the two-time defending Class 2A champion in the 3,200, has run the two-mile event, and she won the race in 11 minutes, 14.96 seconds. Robinson also helped Nederland to a second-place finish in the 3,200 relay.
Niwot won the girls division for the third consecutive year, outscoring runner-up Monarch 104-82.75.
Monarch set meet records in a pair of relay events. The Coyotes’ 3,200 relay team — Kaitlyn Benner, Elissa Mann, Alyssa Reese, and Karina Mann — shattered the record Monarch established last year, winning the race in 9:32.90. Monarch’s 1,600 relay team, comprised of Caroline Bartlett, Claire Green, and the Manns, set another meet record with a winning time of 3:58.37.
Other area highlights included:
Peak to Peak senior Khadijah Sayyid won a pair of sprint events, posting a 12.54 in the 100-meter dash and a 25.98 in the 200.
Boulder’s Zoe Robb won the pole vault by reaching a personal-best mark of 9-9, topping her former personal best by three inches.
Fairview’s Heather Harrower won the 400 in 58.25 seconds, which was the seventh-best time in the meet’s history.
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