LAKEWOOD — After placing second a year ago, and bringing the state’s best time into the weekend, the Peak to Peak girls track team knew a state title was possible this year in the 3,200-meter relay.
On Thursday, the Pumas came through.
The foursome of Mallory Oveson, Alice Oveson, Christina Hamerly and Dallas Frisbie finished in 9 minutes, 36.74 seconds to claim the Class 3A state title.
“We were definitely nervous and we didn’t want to expect anything, but yeah there was definitely more pressure this year,” said Mallory Oveson, the lone senior of the group. “(Winning the title) is everything I could have asked for, for sure.”
Oveson set the tone with the lead lap and then Alice Oveson and Hamerly helped build the lead for Frisbie, who never looked back in cruising through her leg of the race.
“Watching these girls run the first three legs was definitely motivating and made me want to put it out on the line for these ladies,” Frisbie said.
It was nearly the same team that finished second a year ago. Looking ahead, all but Mallory Oveson return next year, so a repeat could be possible.
“We’re looking forward to next year, but we’re going to soak in the moment right now,” Frisbie said.
TIGERS CLAIM SURPRISE TITLE
Seeded fourth coming into the meet, Holy Family appeared to be a bit of a longshot in the Class 3A boys 3,200-meter relay.
The determined Tigers — comprised of seniors Aaron Hillman, Tristan Smith, Dillon Roddy and Erich Hixon — surprised just about everybody, however, by winning the championship. They crossed the finish line in 8:12.48 — a new school record and nearly 16 seconds faster than their season-best time.
“Racing wasn’t all that fun,” said Hixon, who ran the anchor leg. “I don’t think any race is fun. It’s the afterwards that’s fun. To stand on top of (the podium) after what we all went through over cross country, it’s just going to feel amazing.”
Hixon said it was pretty much the same group of guys that went through a disappointing and injury-riddled cross country season.
“I think we came out here with a lot to prove and I’m just proud of them for actually doing it,” he said. “Some of us took our last finals today, so to wrap everything up so neatly and just tie it with a bow, this medal is going to be incredible.”
LIONS BREAK SCHOOL RECORD
The Lyons girls didn’t get the state championship they wanted, but they still walked away happy on Thursday.
Out-kicked by Hotchkiss down the stretch, the Lions finished second in the Class 2A girls 3,200-meter relay. They set a new school record in the process, crossing the finish line in 9:13.12.
“We were going for first, but second is OK, too,” said senior Miriam Roberts, who ran the anchor leg.
Roberts took the lead with about 500 meters to go, but was passed with about 100 meters to go, as Hotchkiss’ anchor runner sprinted to the finish.
“That is really frustrating, but she had a better kick and she gets it,” Roberts said. “I didn’t have anything left in my legs. I was going with everything I had.”
Roberts teamed with Jenna Anderson, Sierra Tucker and Lauren Simms on that relay. Despite the frustrating finish, Roberts was all smiles after the race.
“I’m proud of my girls,” she said.
The Lyons boys were third in the 3,200-meter relay. Trent Poulsen also scored points for the Lions, placing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 7.25 inches.
HUTTON EDGED AT FINISH
Shining Mountain’s Ginger Hutton was just a few feet away from a state title, but Rebekah Rairdon of Heritage Christian swooped in at the last moment and took it from her.
Rairdon passed Hutton just before the finish to win the Class 1A girls 3,200-meter run, in 12:13.15. Hutton was just .05 of a second behind her.
“A little bit (disappointed), but she’s a great runner, as well, so it was good racing with her,” Hutton said. “I heard people cheering, so I knew there was someone around me, but I didn’t know how close she was until about three feet away from the finish line, when I saw her out of the corner of my eye.”
It’s the first time in the four-year history of the 1A meet that a Hutton didn’t win this race. Ginger won the title a year ago and her older sister, Birdie, won it in 2011 and 2012.
Teammate Paisley Sheehan placed fourth on Thursday, and freshman Ella Baca was ninth.
PANTHERS SET NEW STANDARDS
Boulder posted a pair of school records on Thursday.
In the boys 3,200-meter run, junior Satchel Caldwell finished in sixth place, crossing the line in 9:35.37. He broke his own school record.
The Panthers girls also set a school record, in the 800-meter relay. During the preliminaries, the Panthers finished in 1:42.91 to break the mark and earn a spot in the finals.
Holy Family’s Ryan Younggreen and Ryan Willis came in with the top two times in the 3A boys 110-meter hurdles, but won’t get a chance to go 1-2 in the finals. Younggreen had the top time in prelims (14.76 seconds), but Willis was disqualified for interference. … Lyons junior Tullef Rudlong missed out on the finals in the 2A boys 100 meters. On Thursday he made his return from a nearly season-long ankle injury and placed 15th in the prelims.
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