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Track and field: Boulder County Track Championships shaping up as biggest event in months

Annual meet, after being forced to cancel in 2020, will showcase top talent in BVSD, SVVSD

From left, Broomfield''s Jackson Stone, Fairview''s ...
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The 44th Boulder County Track Championships on Saturday will mark as one of the biggest regular season prep events in the area since 2019.

As the 2021 track season starts to wind down, there’s one major regular-season meet left for the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley district schools to check off their dockets.

It’s one of their favorite competitions.

On Saturday, Longmont High School will host the Boulder County Track Championships, which will feature most of the teams in the coverage area. It’s an event that holds a lot of meaning for athletes and coaches alike.

Sometimes, the athlete and the coach are the same person.

“I think we all take a lot of pride in this meet. It’s got a lot of history,” Lyons coach Mark Roberts said. “It’s the 44th-annual. To be honest, when this meet was started by Lonnie Nixon and Bob Charles, I would say it was the most well-run meet in the state. We had electronic timing when the only meet to have electronic timing was the state meet at that point. They did a phenomenal job with a great program. Lonnie Nixon had intended to fund scholarships on this. There were a lot of us, as coaches, who participated in this meet when we ran through the school district. I ran at this meet when I was a student at Niwot.”

Since then, the BoCo meet has morphed into a celebration of hometown athletes, a way to recognize them in the weeks leading up to the state meet at the end of the month.

The meet hosts a wide range of classifications, from tiny Twin Peaks Charter Academy to a large school in Broomfield. The diversity of talent and competition only helps the squads and athletes more, as they can get an inside look on what they’re doing well and what, maybe, they need to work on.

Season D’s odd COVID-adjusted schedule delayed the meet a bit this year, but its relevance hasn’t changed.

“It’s like the midterm exam,” Roberts said. “It gives you a really good idea of where you’re at with a few weeks to go before you’re going to do the state meet. It usually involves the beginning of April or the end of April and with state at the end of May. It sits in a similar place this year.”

On Saturday, the best of the best athletes within striking distance of one another will get to showcase their exceptional abilities, whether it’s on the run, on the throw or in reaching new heights and distances on jumps.

It helps, of course, that some of the most talented track athletes reside in the BVSD and SVVSD. Traditionally, one can look at Niwot, Monarch and Lyons as juggernauts in the state, but there are plenty more.

The top athletes will all be publicly rewarded for their efforts as the MVPs of the boys and the girls and the top eight finishers in each discipline will win awards and will get to grace the podium. The top three finishers will each receive medals.

“We love hosting meets at Longmont because our facility — the St. Vrain Valley School District has done a great job of creating a great facility,” Longmont coach Scott Dickinson said. “We get to bring all the teams over and we get to show them what we’re capable of and we get to see what other teams are capable of. It’s just really special to see all the talent in our own backyard and out of the stadium. It makes it really easy for family and friends to come over and cheer and just have a Saturday where we get to celebrate track.”