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LAKEWOOD — Keely Parish knew that to win a state title she would need a combination of perfect form, a strong wind at her back, and a fair amount of luck.

The Longmont senior didn’t get all of that, but she still walked away from the Class 4A state track and field championships satisfied with the results.

Parish placed second in the 4A girls discus on Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium.

“I am pleased with my performance,” she said. “I knew it was my last opportunity to perform in high school, so I gave it my all on the last one. I didn’t quite hit what I wanted to as far as distances are concerned, but I’m content knowing I laid it all out on the line on the last one.”

Parish recorded a top throw of 138 feet, 11 inches. Unfortunately for her, the favorite in the event, Haley Showalter of Valor Christian, was nearly unbeatable, topping out at 158-5.

“It would have to be a pretty massive throw to catch her,” Parish said. “It just wasn’t today; maybe some other time.”

It’s the second year in a row that Showalter and Parish have finished 1-2 at state.

Parish still has the shot put to go on Saturday, but the discus is her main event. She walks away with two second-place state medals, the school record of 153-2.

“It’s been a fun ride,” she said. “It’s been long and fun, and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Parish was one of a trio of Trojans to take home medals Thursday. Shiloh Berger was fourth in the girls long jump, while Conlan Berger was fourth in the boys long jump.


Once again, the Monarch girls were really fast, but not quite fast enough in the Class 5A 3,200-meter relay.

The Coyotes placed second, with a time of 9 minutes, 15.78 seconds, finishing 8.24 seconds behind state champion Cherry Creek.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Monarch has placed second in this event, and the Coyotes were third in 2011. It’s the sixth consecutive year the Coyotes have been on the podium in the girls 3,200-meter relay.

Monarch led a quartet of area schools to medal in the event. Boulder was seventh, Fairview eighth and Broomfield ninth.


Fairview junior Heather Betz came in with a goal, reached it, and came away with a fifth-place medal in the Class 5A girls high jump.

“I was happy with today,” she said. “(Jumping) 5-3 was my goal and I made that, so that was great.”

Betz hit 5-3 on the nose to break out of a recent slump.

“I had a rough couple of weeks the past few weeks not making the heights I wanted to, and to come here today and be able to get back up to where I’m used to is great,” she said.

Betz was seventh last year as a sophomore.


On Friday, Erie’s Kyle Leahy will take the field with the Tigers’ baseball team at the Class 4A state tournament. On Thursday, however, he had to finish off his track season, and he did that in style.

Leahy was second in the 4A boys high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 5 inches. He improved one spot from a third-place finish in 2014.

His teammate, Shane Mathis, was third in the boys 3,200 meters. He posted a time of 9:31.93.

Erie also placed fourth in the boys 3,200 relay and after the first day, the Tigers sit third in the overall team standings, with 21 points.


Niwot sophomore Alexis Carroll came into the state meet seeded 14th in the Class 4A girls long jump.

With her best jump of the year — by far — she wound with a third-place medal. Carroll had a leap of 18 feet, 0.5 inches, blowing past her previous best of 16-7.5.

Carroll earned one of four medals by the Cougars from Thursday’s action.

Senior Gabrielle Casey, who was seeded 14th in the girls pole vault, finished sixth with a season-best vault of 10 feet, 9 inches.

In addition, Niwot’s boys 3,200-meter relay team placed eighth and the girls 3,200-meter relay team was ninth.


Silver Creek freshman Abigail Gray placed seventh in the 4A girls pole vault. Her teammate, Brock Knechtel, was eighth in the boys discus … Skyline’s Alex Hellenberg was eighth in the 4A girls long jump … Mead’s Dane Myers finished eighth in the 4A boys long jump, and the Mavericks were seventh in the 4A boys 3,200-meter relay … Nederland freshman Sarah Davidson placed seventh in the 2A girls 3,200 meter run.

Brian Howell: or @BrianHowell33

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