LAKEWOOD – Seeking their first Class 2A boys team title since 2015, the Lyons Lions had an opportunity to turn an individual race into a team effort in order to capture a team trophy.
It seemed fitting, so they took it.
With four runners qualified for the 1,600-meter race, the Lions boys needed to score a combined 13 points to lock up the 2A team title midway through the afternoon on Saturday’s final day of events at Jefferson County Stadium. Isaac Roberts led the way by placing second with a time of 4 minutes, 37.24 seconds. Colton Jonjak-Plahn finished in 4:40.57 to place sixth and Simon Stone rounded out the Lions’ scoring finishers with a 4:41.06 on the stopwatch and seventh place.
When the dust settled, it took the Lions trio just a bit of quick math to calculate they had scored 15 points. They Lions were state champions.
“Those four guys could have been on our four-by-four,” Lyons head coach Mark Roberts said. “They could have won that, but at most they would have scored 10 points and they all decided to sacrifice that to be in the 1,600 and give us the potential to score the points we needed. We knew they were all tired because we’ve asked a lot of them this weekend but that’s a pretty special group of guys.
“They closed the door.”
The Lyons boys ended up winning the team title with 68 team points, a solid 11 points against of runner-up Mancos. Isaac Roberts, who won the 2A 3,200-meter title on Thursday, scored 20.5 of the Lions’ points. Jonjak-Plahn, who won the 2A 800-meter title on Friday and was runner-up in the 800 on Saturday, scored 24.5 points.
Rounding out the Lyons boys scoring effort on Saturday, jumpers Aidan Christiansen and Tristan Chavez placed fifth and eighth, respectively, in the long jump.
“All weekend, we were just trying to beat our seed and it’s great that we were able to get the team title,” Isaac Roberts said. “It’s all about doing what you can do to get as many points as possible in all of your events and it really felt like for three days that we were all doing a good job of that.”
On the girls side, the Lions finished second behind a Highland group that ran away with the 2A team title.
Helping to hold off Holyoke to finish runner-up on the state meet’s final day, Lyons freshman Quin Gregg placed third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:30.79. Charlotte Rogers placed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the 300-meter (49.35) and 100-meter (19.76) hurdles.
The Lions girls 1,600-meter relay team – Hannah Paton, Laura Hickey, Katie Fankhouser, and Rogers – placed third with a time of 4:11.94.