LAKEWOOD — A year ago, Lutheran put an end to Lyons’ run atop the Class 2A ranks in track and field.
The Lions weren’t down very long.
On Saturday, Lyons won the 2A state title at Jefferson County Stadium, claiming the top spot for the fourth time in five years. The Lions had 111.5 points, with Cedaredge in second at 100.
“It means a lot,” junior Paul Roberts said. “Last year, we had a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouth when we finished second to Lutheran. They’re a great team and they beat us fair and square, but we had a little bit of a chip on our shoulder, so we came out this year and wanted to beat all of our seeds and make sure we raced as hard as we could and take care of business each race.”
The Lions certainly did that, led by Roberts, who won the 1,600-meter title for the third year in a row on Saturday. He was followed closely by teammates Joel Such (fourth) and Matt Dillon (seventh).
That capped a great weekend for Roberts, who also won the 3,200 meters on Thursday.
Tullef Rudlong had a great Saturday, too, as he won the state crown in the 100-meter dash and placed fourth in the 200.
Zach Christiansen provided a bunch of points, too, by placing second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 110-meter hurdles. Owen George was fifth in the long jump and the 400-meter relay team was fourth.
On the girls side, Lyons was second, which is where it hoped to be. The Lions knew that state champion Paonia was too deep, and the Eagles cruised to their third title in a row, 132 points to 73.5. Still, Lyons was pleased with its performance.
“I know that everyone tried their best, gave it their all,” senior Jenna Anderson said. “I couldn’t have asked to run for a more supportive or better team.”
Anderson had a stellar weekend, capping it with an individual title in the 1,600 meters on Saturday, clocking in at 5:12.61. She won the 800 on Friday and was part of the 3,200-meter relay title on Thursday.
“It’s incredible,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I gave it my all and it was a great feeling.”
Sierra Tucker was second in the 1,600 with a time of 5:28.35. Lauren Simms added a fifth-place finish in the 100 hurdles and a sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles, and the 1,600-meter relay team was eighth.
TROJANS TAKE RELAY TITLE
Coming up short of the Class 4A 400-meter relay championship in 2014 served as fuel for the Longmont boys. On Saturday, the Trojans completed their title quest by outlasting the field in that event. The Trojans posted a time of 42.08 seconds to top second-place Mullen by .37.
“It feels really good,” junior Trevor Cook said. “Especially after last year getting third, and going out yesterday and getting second in the (800 relay), we really wanted this first place, so we came out and got it. The team’s been training hard all year for this.”
Cook teamed with fellow juniors Gianni Espinoza, Logan Goodner and Conlan Berger to win the relay.
“It was awesome,” Berger said. “We worked all year to get better and it paid off today.”
Longmont had a good day overall, including Elijah Sullivan placing seventh in the 110 hurdles, Berger eighth in the triple jump and Ethan Hitchcock ninth in the 300 hurdles.
On the girls side, Longmont won three medals Saturday, led by Sydney Wetterstrom’s second-place finish in the triple jump. She had a personal-best jump of 37 feet, 1.5 inch.
“I’m very pleased,” said Wetterstrom, who was second in 2014, as well. “I’m just glad to be back, because it was a really slow start transitioning from basketball to track. I’m just glad I peaked at the right time.”
Shiloh Berger was seventh in the triple jump, and the 400-meter relay team added an eighth-place finish.
NICE FINISH FOR FALCONS JUMPER
Coming into the 4A state meet, Skyline’s Alex Hellenberg was expected to win a medal in the girls triple jump. Yet, despite being seeded 12th, she busted out the best jump of her life Saturday (36-6.5) and placed fourth.
“I definitely was pretty happy with it,” the junior said. “Going in (to the finals), I was just really, really amped up. I thought I could make 36. That was definitely my goal, and the first 36 I hit was super awesome.”
Hellenberg also added an eighth-place medal in the long jump on Thursday and was 10th in the high jump on Friday.
“First experience at state, it’s definitely been really awesome and really fun,” she said.
HUTTON BATS A THOUSAND
Shining Mountain senior Ginger Hutton won the 1A 400- and 1,600-meter races on Saturday to complete a 4 for 4 final run through the track and field state championships.
Hutton ran a 57.89 in the 400-meter race to set a new Class 1A meet record and ran a 5:26.40 in the 1,600-meter race. It truly was a memorable way for Hutton to finish her prep career.
“I can’t believe my high school time is over,” said Hutton said. “I’m kind of mind-blown right now. I’m a little in shock. But it was an amazing way to finish.”
Hutton, who will run for Vanderbilt next year, led Shining Mountain to a runner-up team finish in 1A.
Also in the 1A 1,600-meter race, Paisley Sheehan (5:33.11) placed fourth, Emma Shaefer (5:47.02) was fifth and Ella Baca (5:52.78) was seventh. Keli Hall (15-1.5) placed eighth in the long jump. Shining Mountain’s 400 relay (55.89) placed seventh and the 1,600 relay (4:31.55) placed eighth.
Shining Mountain’s boys team finished eighth.
In the 1A pole vault, Jonah Baca (11-6) placed second, Ethan Kelner (10-6) placed seventh, and Gavin Edwards (9-6) and Howie Sam (9-6) tied for ninth. Jordan Cherin placed third (50.60) in the 400 and 12th (5:24.48) in the 1,600. The Shining Mountain boys 400-meter relay team placed ninth with a time of 47.82.
RAGIN LEADS LEGACY
Legacy Lightning senior Aaron Ragin made sure to collect a couple of state medals on Saturday before his prep career was all said an done.
Ragin placed fifth (48.73) in the 400 and eighth (22.49) in the 200.
Teammate Emma Gee placed fifth in the 5A girls 1,600 with a time of 5:08.63.
MUNSON BREAKS OUT
A relative newcomer to the outdoor track and field scene, Fairview’s Calvin Munson picked up some hardware on the outdoor track at Jefferson County Stadium on Saturday.
In the 5A 400-meter dash, Munson finished in 49.03 seconds to place fourth.
Erie’s Kyleen Newman had a good day, placing fourth in the Class 4A girls 200 meters, fifth in the 100 and helping the Tigers to a seventh-place finish in the 1,600 relay … In the 4A boys 1,600-meter run, Erie’s Sean Fitzgerald placed fifth overall, with teammate Shane Mathis just behind him in sixth … The Frederick girls earned a seventh-place medal in the 4A 400-meter relay … Centaurus’ Olivia Rogers placed 12th in the 4A 1,600 with a time of 5:14.38 … Peak to Peak’s Rachael Metzler was eighth in the 3A girls 1,600 meters, and teammate Tessa Anderson was ninth in the girls discus.
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