LAKEWOOD – Often facing some of the best competition the state has ever seen, Abbey Glynn hasn’t always won her races.
The Mead senior, however, is always near the front and she capped her remarkable prep career on Saturday by standing atop the podium at Jefferson County Stadium.
In her final race, Glynn won the Class 4A title in the 300-meter hurdles at the state track and field meet. Earlier in the day, she came in a close second to Niwot star Taylor James in the 200 and 400 meters.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Glynn said. “It’s the first Mead individual state title, so that’s pretty exciting for me and, honestly, an honor to represent Mead that way. It’s pretty cool.”
Glynn was in tears after her first race of the day, the 400 meters. After leading for 350 meters, Glynn was passed down the stretch and lost at the finish line. James clocked in at 54.25 seconds, Glynn in 54.35. Both girls set personal records.
“Losing to Taylor James, it sucks, but it’s Taylor James and we both PR’d by half a second,” Glynn said. “She’s really good.”
So is Glynn, who finished her career not only as a four-time state qualifier but as a 14-time state medalist, placing top nine in all but two of her career events at state. Her medal count includes three state titles and four second-place finishes.
A year ago, Glynn anchored the Mavericks to the 800 medley relay title – the first girls championship in school history. On Friday, the Mavericks repeated in the medley, with Glynn once again in the anchor leg.
“The medley was real exciting, especially because we did it last year,” Glynn said. “Coming in and doing it back to back was really exciting and something new that Mead has never done.
“Running with the relay teams is really fun and I feel like it is more meaningful than just an individual state title.”
Winning the individual title was sweet for Glynn, however, as she’s been top six in the hurdles all four years.
“It was fun coming out and being able to compete all four years in this and finally finishing with a first place,” she said.
Glynn now looks forward to the next chapter, as she has signed to compete at the University of Colorado.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “Honestly, just keeping in touch with the CU coach, it’s been exciting to see the plans he has for me, meeting his expectations this year and getting ready for my future.”
For the Mead boys on Saturday, Nathan Bailey was eighth in the 100 and Hunter Payne ninth in the 400. The Mavericks were also fourth in the 400 relay and seventh in the 1600 relay.