Track and field: Lyons’ Justin Boldt takes care of business in long jump

Greg Lindstrom
Lyons’ Nola Basey clears the bar during the high jump at the state championships in Lakewood on Thursday.

LAKEWOOD — Justin Boldt arrived at the 2013 Colorado track and field championships fairly confident he could win the 2A long jump title.

After such confidence turned to disappointment at the previous year’s state meet, Boldt also arrived determined not to let it happen again as a senior.

“I came here to take first in the 300 hurdles last year and that didn’t work out,” said Boldt, who clipped a hurdle and placed second a year ago. “That’s been in the back of my mind since last year and all track season. It’s state. It’s a whole different atmosphere and everybody PRs. I just wanted to stay focused, not get too cocky and do what I came here to do.”

Boldt said he had fresh legs for Thursday’s long jump and knew he would likely need to jump a personal best to win. He beat his previous best from the Patriot League meet by seven inches, taking first place with a leap of 21-101/2.

Boldt missed the Lyons school record, set by Forrest Donnell in 2012, by one inch. Donnell was in attendance Thursday.

“I really wanted to make that a big deal for him,” Boldt said. “He finished up last year and I’ve been chasing his record. I was close so that’s pretty nice.”

Meet officials started the 2A girls high jump 15 minutes early, which prevented Lions senior Nola Basey from getting her usual run-through warm ups. That didn’t stop her from defending her title by winning the event with a 5-foot, 4-inch jump.

“We figured we just had to adapt,” Basey said. “I came in at an earlier height just to get a run-through and I would say I adapted pretty well. It didn’t affect me that much. I didn’t get a PR. It’s great to have the win but I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t PR at my last state.”

Basey will chase titles in the long jump on Friday and the triple jump on Saturday.

The Lions girls 3,200-meter relay finished third behind Paonia, who crushed the previous 1A state meet record with a 9:33.81, and Hotchkiss. The Lions, led by junior Miriam Roberts’ personal-best 2:17.00 split, set a new Lyons school record of 9:44.66.

“We ran great,” assistant coach Jeff Boele said. “We thought we had a very good chance to win and we also thought we could run under 9:45.00, which we did. We knew it was gonna be a close race. We ran great, they just ran fantastic.”

The Lions boys 3,200-meter relay team took 12th with a time of 8:51.83 and senior Olivia Raspotnik took 11th in the high jump, reaching 4 feet, eight inches.

The Lions are looking for their third straight boys and girls teams titles. Both teams are still in the hunt to three-peat based on potential point-scoring still available, Boele said.



Pumas push the pacers

Entering the 3A girls 3,200-meter relay seeded fifth, the Peak to Peak team found itself pushing the leaders for a state title and finished in second.

Sensing that they had a shot, sophomore anchor Dallas Frisbie said the Pumas impressed themselves with a time of 9:51.49.

“The first three girls ran great legs and put me in really good position,” Frisbie said. “The first lap I ran behind Frontier Academy and pushed in the last lap. Coaches told me the last 200, you pick it up. We wanted a top-three finish and when we saw the opportunity in front of us during the race, we took advantage of it and it pushed us to run a great race.”

Freshman Christina Hamerly started the race, senior Emily Williams ran the second leg and junior Mallory Oveson ran third.

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