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Track & field: Gonzales wins 1,600 to lead Broomfield to Boulder County title

Greg Lindstrom
Broomfield’s Ethan Gonzales (right) outlasts Lyons freshman Paul Roberts in the one-mile run at the Boulder County track and field championships.

LONGMONT — Ethan Gonzales had only just crossed the finish line, his breath still escaping him raggedly after an exciting race against Lyons standout freshman Paul Roberts, when Gonzales revealed his motivation at the 37th annual Boulder County track and field championships.

Gonzales had just watched Niwot’s Elise Cranny establish a new state record in the girls’ one-mile race as the Broomfield junior toed the starting line for the boys’ one-mile race. While Gonzales didn’t think a record was within reach, the extra jolt of adrenaline proved critical in a neck-and-neck race with Roberts.

It was a race Gonzales managed to win with a dominant final lap. His effort was one of the key reasons why the Eagles were able to capture their second consecutive boys team title at the annual local showdown, as Broomfield outscored runner-up Longmont 110-96.

“I was getting pumped up watching Elise Cranny set that record and I was getting chills down my spine,” Gonzales said. “Any time I race Paul it’s going to be something special. It’s good to have a guy like him to push each other. It works out pretty well.”

Gonzales posted a first-place time of 4 minutes, 25.35 seconds, outpacing Roberts by 1.85 seconds. It was a thrilling final lap, which began with the two runners going pace-for-pace before Roberts surged ahead. The pair traded leads over the final 400 meters before Gonzales finally managed to pull away down the stretch.

Gonzales also placed third in the two-mile run, finishing behind Roberts and event winner Chandler Reid of Centaurus.

“Paul, he’s one of my really good friends when it comes to running,” Gonzales said. “I knew he was going to try and push it. Whenever we got onto a curve he wanted to surge and I just kind of hung back. I talked to my coach about making it a Lap 4 race, because I knew I had a great kick. Once we hit that (300 meters), I threw in everything I had. It ended up working out pretty well.”

The Eagles also took first in the 800-meter relay, as the quartet of Noah Tripp, Jake Morris, Zack Barton and Jordan Xiong also outpaced Lyons with a winning time of 1:30.31 — a mark that was good for the seventh-best time in the event in the 37-year history of the invitational.

That group, all underclassmen, also placed second in the 1,600-meter relay.

“We graduated a lot from last year’s team and now we have a really young team, but the way they stepped up today was fantastic. I’m real excited for them,” Broomfield coach Craig Boccard said. “We didn’t have a senior on either of our relay teams. Some of them didn’t factor a lot this year, but they’re stepping up and scoring for us this year. Jordan Xiong as a freshman is really becoming a factor for us.”

SHOELESS SANCHEZ

When a fellow runner clipped Richard Sanchez’s heel, forcing the junior from Fairview to kick off his shoe early in the 800 run to go with the one-sock, one-shoe approach, Sanchez did what runners tend to do: He used the setback as motivation.

Refusing to let the loss of a shoe ruin his day, Sanchez recorded one of the Knights’ two individual victories by turning in a winning time of 2:01.31.

“It was basically half-on, so I figured it would be easier to run without it,” Sanchez said. “I guess the adrenaline took me the rest of the way. It was all more out of spite for not having a shoe. I just kind of wanted to show myself I could still do it.”

Junior Zane Vanderberg recorded the Knights’ other individual victory, posting a time of 49.23 seconds while winning the 400. Fairview recorded another win in the 3,200 relay, with Zach Swenson, Kyle Lund, Nathaniel Gilbert and Sanchez taking first with a time of 8:04.44.

NOTABLE

Boulder junior Brad Werner won the discus with a throw of 134-11. … Monarch sophomore Andrew Barlow won the pole vault with a mark of 13-6.

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Boulder County Championships

At Everly-Montgomery Field

BOYS

Team scores — Broomfield 110, Longmont 96, Fairview 89, Lyons 69, Erie 67, Niwot 53, Boulder 52, Silver Creek 38, Skyline 37, Mead 34, Monarch 28, Centaurus 11, Peak to Peak 10, Frederick 8.

100 dash — 1. Alex Mead, Mead, 10.90; 2. Kevin McClanahan, Erie, 11.11; 3. Jordan Xiong, Broomfield, 11.32; 4. Trevor Cook, Longmont, 11.36; 5. Garret Angstead, Skyline, 11.37; 6. Lee Pappas, Fairview, 11.39; 7. James White, Silver Creek, 11.40; 8. Noah Tripp, Broomfield, 11.41.

200 dash — 1. Trevor Cook, Longmont, 22.56; 2. Julian Dulaney, Monarch, 22.61; 3. Jordan Xiong, Broomfield, 22.78; 4. Noah Tripp, Broomfield, 22.83; 5. Garret Angstead, Skyline, 22.97; 6. Zane Vanderberg, Fairview, 22.99; 7. Ryan Boucher, Lyons, 23.07; 8. Lee Pappas, Fairview, 23.32.

400 dash — 1. Zane Vanderberg, Fairview, 49.23; 2. Ryan Boucher, Lyons, 49.31; 3. Mason Douillard, Boulder, 50.87; 4. Julian Dulaney, Monarch, 51.15; 5. Austin Gunnarson, Silver Creek, 51.42; 6. Austin Ebbers, Niwot, 51.51; 7. Dane Myers, Mead, 52.40; 8. Jake Morris, Broomfield, 52.50.

800 run — 1. Richard Sanchez, Fairview, 2:01.31; 2. Max Worthy, Boulder, 2:02.89; 3. Zach Swenson, Fairview, 2:03.55; 4. Chris Meduna, Skyline, 2:04.46; 5. Cameron Healy, Peak to Peak, 2:04.90; 6. Anthony Hause, Broomfield, 2:05.31; 7. Dylan Moore, Boulder, 2:05.43; 8. Matt Sarno, Broomfield, 2:05.85.

1,600 run — 1. Ethan Gonzales, Broomfield, 4:25.35; 2. Paul Roberts, Lyons, 4:27.20; 3. Max Worthy, Boulder, 4:35.93; 4. Kyle Lund, Fairview, 4:36.69; 5. Chay Weaver, Monarch, 4:38.20; 6. Kyle Lewis, Boulder, 4:39.32; 7. Chris Meduna, Skyline, 4:39.84; 8. Tyger Roch, Monarch, 4:40.15.

3,200 run — 1. Chandler Reid, Centaurus, 9:47.05; 2. Paul Roberts, Lyons, 9:49.91; 3. Ethan Gonzales, Broomfield, 9:57.78; 4. Joel Such, Lyons, 10:06.85; 5. Marcel Such, Lyons, 10:09.67; 6. Bridger Tomlin, Fairview, 10:12.37l; 7. Daniel Alvarez-Chao, Broomfield, 10:12.70; 8. Satchel Caldwell, Boulder, 10:15.35.

110 hurdles — 1. Lorne Jenkins, Niwot, 14.87; 2. Matt Radich, Lyons, 15.14; 3. Ryan Bant-Cogburn, Longmont, 15.54; 4. Sawyer Hammond, Fairview, 15.63; 5. Anthony Emberley, Silver Creek, 16.16; 6. Zack Barton, Broomfield, 16.17; 7. Nathan Johnson, Skyline, 16.27; 8. Nate Knowles, Broomfield, 16.35.

300 hurdles — 1. Lorne Jenkins, Niwot, 39.56; 2. Zack Barton, Broomfield, 40.38; 3. Justin Boldt, Lyons, 40.52; 4. Sawyer Hammond, Fairview, 41.60; 5. Tristen Nordloh, Erie, 41.74; 6. Ryan Bant-Cogburn, Longmont, 42.49; 7. Matt Radich, Lyons, 42.78; 8. Ethan Hitchcock, Longmont, 42.97.

400 relay — 1. Erie (Brett Goodwin, Cole Lewis, Kevin McClanahan, William Schell), 43.73; 2. Mead 44.34; 3. Longmont 44.41; 4. Skyline 44.55; 5. Boulder 44.97; 6. Niwot 45.26; 7. Fairview 45.47; 8. Broomfield 46.92.

800 relay — 1. Broomfield (Noah Tripp, Jake Morris, Zack Barton, Jordan Xiong), 1:30.31; 2. Lyons 1:30.75; 3. Erie 1:31.10; 4. Longmont 1:32.08; 5. Niwot 1:32.88; 6. Fairview 1:33.42; 7. Boulder 1:34.13; 8. Frederick 1:34.40.

1,600 relay — 1. Erie (Brett Goodwin, Cole Lewis, Brennan Manion, William Schell), 3:28.37; 2. Broomfield 3:31.43; 3. Silver Creek 3:31.82; 4. Fairview 3:34.40; 5. Lyons 3:34.75; 6. Boulder 3:34.90; 7. Skyline 3:40.70; 8. Peak to Peak 3:44.07.

3,200 relay — 1. Fairview (Zach Swenson, Kyle Lund, Nathaniel Gilbert, Richard Sanchez), 8:04.44; 2. Erie 8:17.27; 3. Niwot 8:26.49; 4. Boulder 8:30.94; 5. Broomfield 8:33.50; 6. Longmont 8:36.45; 7. Silver Creek 8:47.93; 8. Centaurus 8:51.08.

Long jump — 1. Forrest Wetterstrom, Longmont, 20-7.25; 2. James White, Silver Creek, 20-5.5; 3. Kevin McClanahan, Erie, 20-3; 4. Ryan Bant-Cogburn, Longmont, 20-2.75; 5. Dane Myers, Mead, 20-0.75; 6. Alex Mead, 19-11.5; 7. Justin Boldt, Lyons, 19-9.75; 8. Ladd Bunker, Erie, 19-8.25.

High jump — 1. Colton Dabney, Skyline, 6-3; t-2. Joe Wise, Frederick, 6-1; t-2. Gavin Lamp, Fairview, 6-1; 4. Jayson Dupre, Broomfield, 6-1; 5. Max Clark, Peak to Peak, 5-11; 6. Dane Myers, Mead, 5-9; 7. Elijah Sullivan, Longmont, 5-9; 8. Eli Walters, Boulder, 5-9.

Triple jump — 1. Lorne Jenkins, Niwot, 47-01; 2. Forrest Wetterstrom, Longmont, 45-10; 3. Travis Pfeifer, Broomfield, 41-20.5; 4. Jayson Dupre, Broomfield, 42-8; 5. Robert Carlson, Broomfield, 41-8.5; 6. James Henry, Skyline, 40-10; 7. Elijah Sullivan, Longmont, 40-9.5; 8. Chris Roob, Peak to Peak, 40-5.5.

Pole vault — 1. Andrew Barlow, Monarch, 13-6; 2. Austin Metzner, Silver Creek, 13-6; 3. Jacob Kirlan-Stout, Fairview, 13-0; 4. Ladd Bunker, Erie, 12-6; 5. James Hinker, Lyons, 11-00; t-6. David Gelagay, Niwot, 10-0; t-6. Austin Ebbers, Niwot, 10-0.

Shot put — 1. Marcus Johnson, Longmont, 52-07; 2. Andrew McLean, Broomfield, 45-10; 3. Michael Horner, Broomfield, 40-11; 4. Cole Wildner, Fairview, 39-07; 5. Aaron Granger, Longmont, 39-02; 6. Tyler David, Erie, 38-10; 7. Sean Larson, Niwot, 38-08; 8. Ryley McCarthy, Boulder, 37-11.

Discus — 1. Brad Werner, Boulder, 134-11; 2. Forrest Wetterstrom, Longmont, 132-00; 3. Miles Rivera, Longmont, 129-06.5; 4. Quinton Elkins, Erie, 124-05; 5. Braden Ruddy, Mead, 123-06.5; 6. Anthony Emberley, Silver Creek, 123-02; 7. Marcus Johnson, Longmont, 123-01.5; 8. Jacob Prinz, Silver Creek, 117-5.5.