Track and field: Lyons embraces competition at ‘home’ meet

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Lyons' Isaac Roberts competes in the 3,200 meter run during the Lyons Invitational on Saturday at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    From left, Shining Mountain's Ethan Pineda, Monarch's Calvin Fuchs and Lyons' Trenton Burton compete in a heat of the 100 meter dash at Saturday's Lyons Invitational.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Silver Creek teammates Madeline Manning, left, and Kaitlin James compete a heat of the 100 meter hurdles at the Lyons Invitational on Saturday afternoon.



LONGMONT — Lyons had to move its home invitational meet to Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont Saturday, but the Lions were ready for the task at hand despite the change of scenery.

For many smaller schools, scheduling a home meet with higher-level competition can be a scary thought. This Lyons team, however, looks forward to the challenge that level of competition brings to their home invitational each year.

“It just kind of pushes everyone,” Lyons’ Aidan Christiansen said. “We know we’re going up against top kids in the state. In 2A, we’re not quite as good as the ones in 5A, so going up against those schools will lead to better jumps and times all around.”

Christiansen started his day in the 100 meter dash running in the final heat with the other top runners in the event. His time did not see him place in the event, but his day would end on a positive note when he won the long jump by hitting a mark of 19 feet, 8.25 inches.

“I’ve been working on my form,” Christiansen said. “Right now, all of us has jumps that will get us to state. We’re just trying to get our form there, our bodies healthy and increasing our speed so we can bring more speed on the track and in the pits.”

Lyons would get a couple of points from Colton Jonjak-Plahn in the high jump and 800, as well as Isaac Roberts in the 3,200. The 4×200 relay would finish seventh, resulting in nine points being added to the 10 team points scored by Christiansen in the long jump.

Things were just as successful for Lyons on the girls side as they secured a top-10 finish in their meet. Leading the way was Logan Kuskie in the pole vault and Kylen Christiansen in the discus. Kuskie, the school record-holder in the pole vault, cleared the bar at 10-feet-2 inches to win. Christiansen would beat Nakiya Gomez of Vista Ridge with a throw of 98-feet-4 inches to win her throwing event. Charlotte Rogers scored the other top-three finish for the team in the 100 hurdles, finishing third in 17.59.

Lyons scored in six events to rack up 43.5 points, beating a number of teams from higher classifications in the meet.

Facing higher-classified teams now will reap great benefits for Lyons at the end of the season, according to Christiansen.

“Looking back at 2A and where you’re at for state, you know we will be a little higher up,” Christiansen said. “It’s been going pretty good so far this season, but I know I can be better.”

Finding strengths

Longmont’s Eddie Kurjak took second place in the triple jump when he hit a mark of 42-9 on Saturday. Later in the afternoon, he cleared the high jump bar at 6-1 to win the event.

Normally, scoring 18 points in two events would equate to a good day at the track. But for Kurjak, he came away with a different feeling on Saturday.

“I’m not very happy with it,” Kurjak said. “I still got first (in the high jump), but I think I could have done better. It is a little bit cold out, but I shouldn’t let that affect my jumps.”

Longmont as a whole had another quality day in the jump pits on the boys and girls side, an area that has become a strength so far in the season. Joining Kurjak in placing for the boys team was David Hernandez in the long jump as he finished in second place. The Trojans had two placing efforts from the girls side in the long jump by Sally Marshall (third place) and Jenna Johnson (fourth). Marshall would hold off Kaitlin James of Silver Creek for second place in the triple jump while Johnson was fourth and Caroline Demosthenes took sixth.

“I think we have really good coaches,” Kurjak said. “Every day we want to get better in practice. We really focus on where we need to get better and attack it. I think that’s allowing us to jump higher and farther.”

Throwing events were dominated by Silver Creek and turned out to be a big reason for both teams to come away with second place in the meet. Sam Dirkes was able to get the sweep and win the shot put and discus for the boys team and scored 20 of the team’s 83 points. Margaret Goldsberry was the top thrower in the shot put and Colleen Tyrrell was able to place in the shot put and discus, helping Silver Creek finish with 69 team points.

The other aspect of the meet controlled by one team came from Monarch in distance events. The Coyotes secured the top three spots in the girls 800 meter run with Julia Mainland taking first, Chloe Smith finishing second and Arianne Le coming in third. Anna Wexler was second in the 1,600 to round out a strong distance day for the girls. On the boys side, Henry Little ran the fastest time in the 1,600 and saw teammates Trevor Senior (fifth place) and Paxton Hansburg (sixth) also score. Monarch would get some points in the 800 from Luke Johnson finishing second and Avery Conaghan taking fifth.

Peak to Peak had perhaps the most dominant win of the day, pushing themselves in the girls 3,200 relay with a time of 9:31.38 to unofficially set the state season standard so far this spring. Makenna Turner would get a first-place finish for the Pumas in the long jump with a mark of 15-feet-11 inches.

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Lyons Invitational

At Everly-Montgomery Field


Team scores — Vista Ridge 102, Silver Creek 83, Rock Canyon 79, Longmont 56, Frontier Academy 47, Mead 45, Pueblo West 43, Arvada West 35, Denver West 33, Monarch 33, Lutheran 21.5, Heritage Christian 21, Classical Academy 21, Peak to Peak 20, Lyons 19, Gateway 15, Wheat Ridge 6, Boulder 5.5, Thompson Valley 5, Greeley Central 5, Faith Christian 1.

100 meter dash — 1. Daniel Ford, Silver Creek, 11.49; 2. Dawson Menegatti, Pueblo West, 11.64; 3. Khalif Harrington, Vista Ridge, 11.72.

200 dash — 1. Daniel Ford, Silver Creek, 22.80; 2. Nicholas Nuhfer, Arvada West, 23.18; 3. James McHenry, Rock Canyon, 23.36.

400 dash — 1. Nicholas Nuhfer, Arvada West, 50.52; 2. Jose Limas, Longmont, 52.22; 3. Brandon Bartush, Mead, 53.01.

800 run — 1. Yasin Sado, Denver West, 1:55.83; 2. Luke Johnson, Monarch, 1:56.32; 3. Levi Kilian, Heritage Christian, 1:59.38.

1,600 run — 1. Henry Little, Monarch, 4:33.51; 2. Jesse Hayward, Frontier Academy, 4:34.30; 3. Rory Seidel, Wheat Ridge, 4:35.70.

3,200 run — 1. Yonas Mogos, Gateway, 9:24.08; 2. Mason Norman, Classical Academy, 9:36.09; 3. Seth Bruxvoort, Heritage Christian, 9:42.42.

110 hurdles — 1. Zayden Davis, Vista Ridge, 15.23; 2. Sean Burns, Vista Ridge, 15.69; 3. Julius Cotton, Denver West, 16.21.

300 hurdles — 1. Zayden Davis, Vista Ridge, 39.63; 2. Sean Burns, Vista Ridge, 40.57; 3. Julius Cotton, Denver West, 41.39.

400 relay — 1. Silver Creek, 44.63; 2. Vista Ridge, 45.10; 3. Arvada West, 45.63.

800 relay — 1. Vista Ridge, 1:32.76; 2. Rock Canyon, 1:34.08; 3. Arvada West, 1:34.50.

1,600 relay — 1. Frontier Academy, 3:34.93; 2. Rock Canyon, 3:37.12; 3. Longmont, 3:37.24.

3,200 relay — 1. Pueblo West, 8:39.13; 2. Rock Canyon, 8:52.00; 3. Lutheran, 9:00.22.

Long jump — 1. Aidan Christensen, Lyons, 19-8.25; 2. David Hernandez, Longmont, 19-7.5; 3. Kadin Ogren, Frontier Academy, 19-7.

Triple jump — 1. Micah Hilts, Vista Ridge, 43-9.75; 2. Eddie Kurjak, Longmont, 42-9; 3. Dante Whaley, Pueblo West, 41-2.75.

High jump — 1. Eddie Kurjak, Longmont, 6-1; 2. Micah Hilts, Vista Ridge, 5-11; 3. De’lan Gandy, Vista Ridge, J5-11.

Discus — 1. Samuel Dirkes, Silver Creek, 156-9; 2. Emmanuel Taylor, Vista Ridge, 131-8; 3. Hezekiah Mosley, Denver West, 123-6.

Shot put — 1. Samuel Dirkes, Silver Creek, 55-6; 2. Gavin Howard, Pueblo West, 46-4.5; 3. Caleb Sedegan, Silver Creek, 41-1.

Pole vault — 1. Hunter Potrykus, Silver Creek, 14-8; 2. Seth Rohr, Rock Canyon, 13-2; 3. Noah Kelly, Lutheran, 12-8.


Team scores — Classical Academy 118.5, Silver Creek 69, Monarch 58, Vista Ridge 57, Mead 55, Rock Canyon 52, Longmont 50.5, Lyons 43.5, Lutheran 35, Frontier Academy 32, Peak to Peak 26, Denver West 26, Arvada West 22, Pueblo West 19, Faith Christian 19, Wheat Ridge 15, Thompson Valley 11.5, Vanguard 10, Heritage Christain 4, Coronado 2.

100 meter dash — 1. Nya Henderson, Denver West, 12.76; 2. Julia Pattison, Monarch, 13.32; 3. Makenna Turner, Peak to Peak, 13.39.

200 dash — 1. Abbey Glynn, Mead, 26.78; 2. Nya Henderson, Denver West, 27.07; 3. Esther Eyberg, Classical Academy, 27.70.

400 dash — 1. Abbey Glynn, Mead, 57.33; 2. Randi Higashi, Rock Canyon, 60.85; 3. Reganice Small, Vista Ridge, 62.11.

800 run — 1. Julia Mainland, Monarch, 2:23.58; 2. Chloe Smith, Monarch, 2:24.75; 3. Arianna Le, Monarch, 2:28.53.

1,600 run — 1. Tiya Chamberlin, Wheat Ridge, 5:20.64; 2. Anna Wexler, Monarch, 5:31.17; 3. Sadie Haymond, Arvada West, 5:35.61.

3,200 run — 1. Kaylee Thompson, Classical Academy, 11:21.43; 2. Katie Flaherty, Classical Academy, 11:30.73; 3. Shannon King, Faith Christian, 11:43.95.

100 hurdles — 1. Shenna Daum, Classical Academy, 16.31; 2. Kaitlin James, Silver Creek, 16.36; 3. Charlotte Rogers, Lyons, 17.59.

300 hurdles — 1. Abby Glynn, Mead, 45.71; 2. Shenna Daum, Classical Academy, 49.77; 3. Nicole Barnes, Vista Ridge, 52.09.

400 relay — 1. Silver Creek, 53.10; 2. Lutheran, 53.35; 3. Vista Ridge, 53.59.

800 relay — 1. Classical Academy, 1:49.18; 2. Mead, 1:56.75; 3. Vista Ridge, 1:57.34.

1,600 relay — 1. Classical Academy, 4:18.29; 2. Frontier Academy, 4:19.82; 3. Longmont, 4:30.39.

3,200 relay — 1. Peak to Peak, 9:31.98; 2. Lutheran, 10:28.10; 3. Rock Canyon, 10:41.33.

Sprint medley — 1. Mead, 1:53.25; 2. Rock Canyon, 1:55.18; 3. Classical Academy, 1:59.83.

Long jump — 1. Makenna Turner, Peak to Peak, 15-11; 2. Nya Henderson, Denver West, 15-4.5; 3. Sally Marshall, Longmont, 14-10.5.

Triple jump — 1. Shenna Daum, Classical Academy, 34-3.5; 2. Sally Marshall, Longmont, 32-11.75; 3. Kaitlin James, Silver Creek, 32-11.

High jump — 1. Riley Matsen, Rock Canyon, 5-5; 2. Izzy Ramirez, Frontier Academy, 5-1; 3. Cayla Wilburn, Classical Academy, J5-1.

Discus — 1. Kylen Christensen, Lyons, 98-4; 2. Nakiya Gomez, Vista Ridge, 98-0; 3. Allie Bergland, Monarch, 93-7.

Shot put — 1. Margaret Goldsberry, Silver Creek, 33-5.5; 2. Shanae Lontine, Pueblo West, 31-10.5; 3. Athena Branch, Arvada West, 30-8.5.

Pole vault — 1. Logan Kuskie, Lyons, 10-2; 2. Lauren Kelly, Lutheran, 9-8; 3. Kaya Wick, Pueblo West, 8-8.