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State track: Fairview 4×200 relay takes third with season-best time

MARK LEFFINGWELL
Fairview sophomore Rich Sanchez, here anchoring Fairview’s 3,200-meter relay to a runner-up finish on Thursday, took home a fourth-place finish on Friday in the 800-meter run at the state track meet.

LAKEWOOD — The Fairview boys’ relays have been biding their time the last couple of years as they were filled with youth. So far at the 2012 state track and field championships, all of those trials have been paying off.

After taking second in the 4×800 relay on Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium, the Knights took third in the 4×200 relay Friday. FHS entered state seeded just ninth in the 800 relay, but finished with a season-best time of 1:28.21 on Friday to finish behind Fountain-Fort Carson and Grandview.

“It’s magical,” relay member Lee Pappas said.

Pappas raced with Andrew Cobb, Zane Jeffress and Ben Meyer, who will contend for high finishes in the 100 and 200 on Saturday.

“We’ve been running with each other for some of us more than two years now,” Meyer said. “So our relays have been getting it because we trust each other.”

The Knights’ other big finisher on the day showed FHS still has some more promising youth coming up. Sophomore Rich Sanchez took fourth in the 800 in a personal best time of 1:53.99 in a fast race where Monarch’s Kirk Webb set a new 5A meet record of 1:51.75.

Sanchez was also a member of the 4×800 on Thursday. “I’m happy with it all,” Sanchez said. “It’s a great end to the season.”