LAKEWOOD — Longmont High School sophomore Sydney Wetterstrom spent much of the week leading up to the Class 4A state track and field finals tweaking her triple-jump technique, after spending much of the season fighting her urge to power her way to victory.
With all that on her mind Thursday during the 4A state triple jump finals, Wetterstrom decided she just need to relax. When she did, Wetterstrom had her best jump of the day, hitting 36 feet, 8.25 inches to take second place.
“I was getting a little tense and too focused, I guess you could say,” Wetterstrom said. “Then I just ran relaxed and tall so I could use my strength. I didn’t PR or anything but I had a good strong jump and it felt good. Kudos to the girl who got first.”
While she entered as the top seed after marking a 36-10.75 at the St. Vrain Invitational on May 2, Wetterstrom’s best jump on Thursday tied Palmer Ridge’s Lauren Cherry. However, Wetterstrom’s second jump was 8.25 inches better than Cherry’s, which broke the tie for second. Eagle Valley’s Michelle Carbajal won the state title with a 36-10.75.
Trojans senior Dailyn Johnson threw 36-9.5 and took fifth place in the 4A girls shot put. Teammate Keely Parish placed 14th with a throw of 32-10.25.
One medal in the bag already, Johnson said Thursday’s opening even was a decent start to the state meet, though she felt she could have done better with a seeding mark of 41 feet.
“It was a little disappointing because I wanted to get a PR,” Johnson said. “It’s all right. It’s good to get working on your mentality and make sure you’re ready to go. Tomorrow we’ll just practice a little bit at the school and get ready for discus.”
Parish and Johnson enter Saturday’s 4A discus competition seeded second and fourth, respectively, behind Valor Christian’s Haley Showalter.
In the 4A boys shot put, Trojans senior Miles Rivera threw 45-9.75 to take13th. He will enter Saturday’s discus seeded third.
Trojans freshman Katherine McCain medaled in the high jump, jumping 5-1 to place sixth. Centaurus’ Madison Miller cleared 5-1 to place ninth and Erie’s Haley Gallagher placed 12th with a jump of 4-11.
The Erie boys 3,200-meter relay team claimed the third spot on the podium. The Tigers team ran a 8:00.49 to set a personal-best time by more than five seconds.
“It went really well. We got a five-second PR, so that’s pretty good,” said junior Shane Mathis, who anchored the relay. “We had a shot at second but what can you do? I chased a little too hard on Broomfield and died a little at the end.”
Mathis ran out of steam trying to close a big gap between himself and Broomfield leader Ethan Gonzales. Slowing at the end, Eagle Valley slipped into second place.
In the girls 3,200-meter relay, Erie (10:02.13) took 13th and Niwot (10:06.06) took 14th.
Niwot’s Anna Ift (35-0.25) was 11th in the triple jump.
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