LONGMONT — Competing in the all-classification St. Vrain Invitational is perennially a chance for the two-time defending 2A state champion Lyons boys and girls track teams to prove their worth against the state’s big dogs.
Jumping at the chance to play underdog, the Lions enjoy representing Class 2A. At Everly-Montgomery Field on Friday, Lions senior Ryan Boucher did more than just represent his classification. He owned it.
Boucher finished the 400-meter dash in 48.88 seconds to set a new all-time mark for Class 2A.
“That’s not what I was expecting. It’s what I was hoping for, though,” Boucher said. “It’s beautiful weather and I’m not gonna get conditions like this, especially with the Valor kid I ran against.”
Lowering his personal best time by four-tenths of a second, the Lions senior placed second behind Valor Christian’s Spencer Jamison.
The 2A defending state champion in the 400, Boucher said Friday’s historic time bolstered his resolve to repeat in 2013.
“It really makes me feel more confident,” Boucher said. “Now I know what an open 48 feels like. It lets me know at my next races how hard I should be going and what times I should be running. It makes me feel better knowing that this is where I peaked last season and I’m still dropping times compared to last season.”
LORNE’S LONGEST GETS LONGER: He already had Colorado’s best prep triple-jump mark this season, and Niwot’s Lorne Jenkins stretched out his lead on Friday.
Scratching on consecutive jumps before hitting 47 feet, 7 inches on his final attempt, the Cougars senior broke his own stadium record and set a new meet record.
“I went 47-1 at BoCo and then I went 47-7 today so I can’t really complain,” Jenkins said. “To go 47 two times in a row feels great because I can be consistent.”
Longmont’s Forrest Wetterstrom took second with a leap of 45-101/2. Jenkins led Wetterstrom by just a half inch going into the finals.
“We’ve been jumping against each other a lot and he helps me jump far,” said Jenkins, who also won the 300 hurdles.
MR. MEAD LEAVES HIS MARK: Alex Mead wanted to leave his mark on the St. Vrain Invitational record books and he did.
Mead set records for the meet and Everly-Montgomery stadium at 21.55 seconds, just breaking Broomfield graduate Harrison Einspahr’s record of 21.57 from 2012.
“My 200 is blossoming a lot more than my 100 is,” said Mead, who also won the 100. “This is the last time I’ll run here so my goal was to leave here with the stadium record.”
FASTEST FRESHMEN: Although the veterans dominated the podium, Friday’s field featured the state’s most talented ninth-graders in their respective events.
Longmont freshman Trevor Cook, who holds Colorado’s best freshman time in the 200, took 11th in the event with a time of 22.66 seconds.
“So far it’s been pretty good,” Cook said. “I’ve just been getting better and better as the season goes on.”
Broomfield freshman Jordan Xiong, the fastest freshman in the 100, took 10th in the 100 and ninth in the 200. Lyons freshman Paul Roberts, the top freshman in the 1,600 and 3,200, finished third in the 1,600 behind Centaurus’ Chandler Reid and Broomfield’s Ethan Gonzales.
LONGMONT LONG TOSS: Trojans senior Marcus Johnson won the shot put with a 54-foot, 51/2-inch throw.
In the discus, Trojans Miles Rivera (156-9) took third, Miles Bergner (140-2) took ninth and Forrest Wetterstrom (129-3) took 15th.
ERIE RELAYS: The Tigers took third in both the 800-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay.
The Tigers also took sixth in the 400-meter relay.
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