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Track and field: Silver Creek’s Anderson wins at Runners Roost

LITTLETON — The annual Rooners Roost Invitational track and field meet at Mullen High School attracts some of the best athletes and teams the state has to offer, with more than 50 schools and 2,500 entries.

And for the second straight year, Silver Creek’s Rylee Anderson was the best of the best in the high jump.

The Raptors’ record holder cleared 5-foot, 6 inches to add this year’s title to the one she won as a freshman last season with 5-05 mark and defended it by edging Lutheran’s Morgan Barone, who also cleared 5-06.

“It’s such a big meet and there are so many great girls that it’s great to win,” Anderson said. “Even when we went up to 5 feet, and even at 5-2, I think there were still about 16 girls left so it was really exciting.”

Also in the high jump, Fairview’s Heather Betz (5-04) tied with Longmont’s Sydney Wetterstrom for third place. Monarch’s Alison Stouffer (5-00) was ninth and Longmont’s Katherine McCain (5-00) was 10th.

Fairview senior Sarah Hopkins has already made her decision to attend the University of Colorado next season.

That decision was based purely on academics. Whether or not there is a possibility of Hopkins continuing her track and field career as a walk-on is another question entirely, and one that likely won’t be answered for some time.

But Hopkins has hope and she has a plan. On Saturday Hopkins showed that her marks are coming along when she won the girls triple jump with a mark of 36-7.

“My legs weren’t feeling too good so it didn’t go as well as I wanted but I was still excited,” Hopkins said. “Last season I was at 34s and 35s so this is putting my in a whole other league and it’s been fun to be able to compete against a different set of girls and get to know them as competitors as well as people.”

At last year’s state meet, Hopkins jumped 34-03 to place 16th in the Class 5A triple jump. Fairview head coach Tricia Vieth said the Knights’ senior came into her final prep season having already improved on that mark and has been building steadily since the 2016 campaign began.

Come the state meet in May, Hopkins expects to be furthering her case for a college shot by finishing on the podium.

“I’d like to get past 37-5 and hopefully past 38,” Hopkins said. “I’m trying to get better marks going into college next year so I can show that I have potential as an athlete. I think if I can get into that range, I might be in walk-on territory and maybe I can get some looks.”

Also in the Runners Roost triple jump, Wetterstrom (32-03) was sixth and Silver Creek’s Kaitlin James (30-03) was 13th. McCain (30-01) was 15th.

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