Track and field: Fairview’s Gavin Schurr still looking for complete race

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Fairview”s Gavin Schurr, center, holds off Skyline”s Andrew Brown and Niwot”s Emrik Wells for the win during the 100-meter dash at the Boulder County Track Championships Saturday at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont. Schurr also won the 200-meter dash and has established himself as a contender in sprints at the Class 5A level. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.
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LONGMONT — Gavin Schurr of Fairview sprinted past the finish line in 11.17 seconds during the final heat of the boys 100 meter dash Saturday, holding off Skyline’s Andrew Brown for the fastest time in the event.

The win was the first for Fairview in the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly-Montgomery Field, but the time and the race was not up to par for a sophomore who has placed high expectations upon himself this season.

“Most of my season, I’ve been off and on with my start,” Schurr said. “I felt like I got a pretty good start this time. My finish was OK, but I’m used to finishing stronger than I did. My arm just got a little tight. Besides that, it felt pretty good.”

One of the battles Schurr says he is going through is putting together a complete race. Some days he does not get off the blocks well but makes up for it with a fast push towards the end for a strong finish. Other times, like Saturday, it’s the start that gets him a lead but the finish that needs work.

Putting in the good start and finish is the focus, but despite that, Schurr has emerged as one of the top sprinters in the area. He proved that by winning the 100 and holding off Frederick’s Ryan Chacon to win the 200 in 22.94.

“I’m definitely happy right now,” Schurr said. “I would have liked to run an 11 or a 10.9 (in the 100), but it wasn’t there for me. Maybe next week or the week after I can get that.”

Schurr feels the work on his finish was built during the indoor season and is now putting in more work on the blocks, using them two-to-three times a week in practice. Each week has been better in putting together a good start and finish.

“I think by state I’ll have it down,” Schurr said. “Right now, I think I’m in a good place.”

The 200 is the main event for Schurr and one he feels confident in astate podium finish. While the 100 and 400 are “off” races, his times are showing good potential for his future while also helping him score multiple times for Fairview in its meets.

One of the big reasons he has become a top sprinter for Fairview is staying healthy through the course of the season.

“Last year I was injured all year,” Schurr explained. “I had lower back spasms and a hip flexor strain, so I was only able to race in two meets. I missed this meet last year. This is a great atmosphere here. I have a lot of friends that are here and some people I know I’ll be training with during the summer.”

Schurr credited his improved core strength and strength in other areas of his body to create a better running posture to allow him to stay healthy this year.

The times that Schurr is shooting for are ones that would put him in the discussion for a state title. His 10.9 in the 100 would be around the pace for the fastest in Class 5A while his time around 22 seconds in the 200 would be just off the fastest time set so far this year. The 400 has not been a main focus for him this year and is an event he plans to add more time to work on in 2020.

Top BVSD performers

Max Manson delivered a grand finale in the meet for Monarch with his performance in the pole vault. Entering the week as one of the best in the nation, he cleared the bar at 17 feet, 3 inches to set a personal best this season. After clearing the mark, he tried for a state record at 17-8 but could not clear the bar. Entering the week, the top outdoor mark in the nation was 17-2.

Three meet records fell on the track to start the meet, and in that mix was Peak to Peak with its girls 3,200 relay team. Anna Shults, Jenna Howard, Quinn McConnell and Tiana Bradford won easily with a time of 9:18.37, beating the meet record they set last year by nearly eight seconds. Shults would go on to win the 800 meter run by nearly four seconds (2:15.90).

Monarch finished with three athletes winning a total of four events, starting with Mia Manson winning the girls pole vault by clearing the bar at 11-9. After second-place finishes in the 100 and 200, Manson returned to the top spot in the long jump with the top mark of 18-7.5. The Coyotes’ Luke Johnson took the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:26.82.

Earning three first-place finishes each were Broomfield and Centaurus.

Sydney Holiday, one of the fastest sprinters in the state, secured first place in the 100 with a time of 11.96 for Broomfield. Joy Fifita continued her superb season in the shot put with a throw of 35-feet-2 inches to win it and the boys 800 relay team of Robert Ortega, Dayne Ortega, Caden Peters and River Juarez won their event with a time of 1:31.02.

Centaurus swept the 3,200-meter run with Molly Maksin winning the girls race in 11:44.85 and Kyle Piper taking first place for the boys in 10:02.38. Cassidy Chessman grabbed the other first-place finish in the triple jump as she hit 36-feet-2.5 inches.

Imani Fernandez-Gorbea, Isabel Thornberry, Marlena Preigh and Emily Hopkins had the only first-place finish for the Fairview girls team in the 4×400 relay to close out the meet with a winning time of 4:03.85.

Local scholarships handed out

The Boulder County Track Championships has served as a celebration for the local schools, coaches and athletes for 43 years. The meet has given out scholarships to some of the seniors from the region who have excelled in the sport and in the classroom.

The tradition continued with 11 seniors receiving a local scholarship for college.

Recipients of the scholarships this year included the following: Jack Wathen of Skyline and Logan Muskie of Lyons for the John “Jet” Johnson scholarship; Jack Moroney of Silver Creek and Michela Hewitt of Frederick for the Frank Stenson scholarship; Quinn McConnell of Peak to Peak and Maliek Swain of Centaurus for the Bruce Tashiro scholarship; Colton Jonjak-Plahn of Lyons and Molly Maksin of Centaurus for the Richard Vonwald scholarship; Austin Gaetano and Hannah Munger of Broomfield for the Monte Sutak scholarship; and Stephanie Gross of Mead for the John Heller scholarship.

 

Brandon Boles: bboles@prairiemountainmedia.com or twitter.com/BrandonBoles