Track and field notes: Glynn paces Mead to sprint medley title

Locals shine in 5A girls long jump

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Mead’s Malia Harton celebrates after breaking her school’s high jump record during the state track meet May 17, 2019 at Jeffco Stadium. Harton cleared 5′ 2″ beating the old record of 4′ 9″.
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LAKEWOOD – Mead standout Abbey Glynn had a new set of teammates with her in the 800-meter sprint medley relay this year, but the result was the same.

Led by Glynn’s blistering anchor leg, the Mavericks repeated as Class 4A state champion in the medley relay on Friday at Jefferson County Stadium.

Junior Maddison Hock, freshman Haley Williams, sophomore Amanda Polansky and Glynn, a senior, teamed up for the victory. The group finished in 1 minute, 46.74 seconds, the second-best time in school history. Only last year’s championship run was faster, at 1:45.17.

“It was great,” Hock said of the victory. “This is what we’ve been working for all year and slowly cutting down our time and working on our handoffs.”

The Mavericks were solid throughout the first 400 meters, but when Glynn got the baton for the final leg, the Mavericks were in sixth with 400 meters to go. About 100 meters later, Glynn was ahead of the pack and she never relinquished the lead.

“I was feeling the adrenaline and just yelled (for Glynn),” said Polansky, who ran the third leg. “It was really fun.”

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LAKEWOOD, CO – MAY 17: Mead’s Abbey Glynn crosses the finish line in first place for her school’s 800 sprint medley relay during the state track meet May 17, 2019 at Jeffco Stadium. (Photo by Lewis Geyer/Staff Photographer)

Glynn has 11 state medals in 13 career events and she’ll go for three more on Saturday. She will compete in the finals of the 200 meters, 400 meters and 300-meter hurdles. She is seeded top-three in each event.

In the girls high jump, Mead sophomore Malia Harton had an exceptional day. Seeded 18th out of 21 competitors coming in, she placed fifth and set a new school record with a jump of 5 feet, 2 inches. Harton’s previous best – which was also the previous school record – was 5-0.

Also for Mead, the boys 800-meter relay team placed eighth.

Holiday, Manson start with strong 5A long jump

It may have been Day 2 at the track and field state championships but Broomfield’s Sydney Holiday was just getting started with the 5A girls high jump early on Friday afternoon.

Then there was a rain delay just as Holiday and the other jumpers were getting going, and the Broomfield junior’s Colorado state championship debut was pushed back even further. In a way, however, the extra time helped the multi-time Wyoming state champion who transferred to BHS this season.

Returning from the rain delay even more focused than before, Holiday jumped 18 feet, 10 inches to hit a personal-best mark by a foot and finished runner-up despite entering the event seeded eighth.

“With the weather conditions, I was able to get myself more mentally prepared,” Holiday said. “Especially after the rain delay, that really helped. It seemed like some of the other girls were out of it since we had all already warmed up and everything. But I just tried to keep myself in it and it was a good PR.”

The high jump was the first of three events in which Holiday is seeded to medal. She enters the final day on Saturday seeded second behind Denver East’s Arria Minor in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash.

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LAKEWOOD, CO – MAY 17: Broomfield’s Sydney Holiday competes in the long jump during the state track meet May 17, 2019 at Jeffco Stadium. (Photo by Lewis Geyer/Staff Photographer)

Outperforming both her seed and personal best in the long jump on Friday, Holiday said, was an excellent confidence boost heading into Saturday’s loaded races.

“I’m super excited for tomorrow,” Holiday said. “The competition is really good so I’m getting really hyped.”

Also in the 5A girls long jump, Monarch’s Mia Manson placed fifth despite entering as the sixth seed. She hit a mark of 18-3.75, which wasn’t a personal best but was a good start with two finals on Saturday.

Manson is seeded fifth alongside Holiday in the 100 and will defend her 5A pole vault state title on Saturday, though the reigning champion is seeded second in the event.

Bartlett nearly nabs his second gold

Braden Bartlett paced a spectacular 3,200-meter relay win for Holy Family on Thursday and the Tigers senior nearly nabbed a second gold in the 3A open 800-meter run on Friday.

But after running a 1:55 split on Thursday, he just didn’t have enough left in the tank and had to settle for silver.

“God, I wanted it, but it was a tough race,” Bartlett said. “I was really sore from yesterday, my legs were tired and they killed me for that. I mean, you win some, you lose some. I had to choose a race to win between the four-by-eight and the open eight, I’d choose four-by-eight, for sure. That’s winning for the team and four people get a win instead of just one.”

Bartlett said his plan was to stay behind seeded leader Yasin Sado (Denver West) until the last 100 and try to hold the lead. It nearly worked and Bartlett led coming out of the final turn only to be passed by Sado down the stretch. Bartlett’s time of 1 minute, 56.95 seconds was seven-tenths of a second behind Sado’s.

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LAKEWOOD, CO – MAY 17: Holy Family’s Braden Bartlett races to a second place finish in the 800 meter run during the state track meet May 17, 2019 at Jeffco Stadium. (Photo by Lewis Geyer/Staff Photographer)

Oddly enough, Bartlett wasn’t forced to contend with teammate and defending 800-meter state champion Rasce Engelhardt, who scratched from the race with a leg injury he sustained on Thursday.

Also for Holy Family, the Tigers girls 800-meter relay team – Skylar Hawk, Kate Bine, Lizzbeth Villalobos and Anna Hodell – placed ninth with a time of 1:50.07. Brody Welch placed ninth in the discus with a throw of 134 feet.

Pumas rack up medals

Peak to Peak collected five medals on Friday, led by a pair of top-four  finishes in the Class 3A girls 800 meters.

Senior Anna Shults placed third in the 800 with a time of 2:16.77, while fellow senior Quinn McConnell wasn’t far behind, clocking in at 2:17.87 to place fourth.

In the boys 3,200 meters, junior William Ledden placed fourth for the Pumas. Sophomore Allison Beasley was sixth in the girls 3,200 meters.

Wrapping up the day for the Pumas was sophomore Corte Peterson, who placed sixth in the boys pole vault.

Notable

The Skyline girls placed seventh in the 4A 800 medley relay. … Monarch’s Luke Johnson placed eighth in the 5A boys 800 meters. … Shining Mountain senior Max Saliman won a pair of medals, placing seventh in the Class 1A 800  meters and helping the Lions to a fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter relay. … Jefferson Academy took home four medals in Class 3A on Friday: Aaliyah Robinson was fourth in the girls long jump, while the girls were also fifth in the 800 relay; Zace Buckhold was sixth in the boys triple jump; and Riley Welsch eighth in the boys 800.