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Season D regular season wrapup: Track and field, boys swimming notes as state meets loom

League championships give final chances to make top marks

While most Season D sports are deep into their postseason stints, teams in boys swimming and track and field had one final weekend to try and get top marks in and qualify for the state meets in their respective sports. League championships in pools and on the track surfaces were plenty.

Here’s a look at some of the results, per and Milesplit.

Boys swimming

Northern Conference championships

Silver Creek managed to score a healthy 917 points, outdueling other strong performances by Greeley West (657 points), Windsor (587) and Broomfield (524) to nail down a league title. Jake Gutru had a strong day for Silver Creek, finishing first in the 100-yard butterfly and second in the 100 backstroke, while Pierce Bigelow’s 200 free and 500 free were also top notch — the senior went 4:55.25 in the 500 final.

Front Range League championships

Legacy placed second as a team to Fossil Ridge with 873 points, while Fairview and Monarch rounded out the top-six teams in what proved to be a fast meet to end the regular season. For the Lightning, top season times were established across the board including first-place performances for all three relays. Fairview’s Layton Sealman won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.65 seconds, the only local individual to be dubbed league champ this go-round.

Track and field 

Front Range League championships

The Fort Collins schools — Rocky Mountain, Fossil Ridge and Fort Collins — dominated the multi-day event at North Stadium, as Broomfield’s girls topped locals with a fourth-place showing and the BHS boys were sixth. However, there were 32 elite performances at the meet according to Milesplit, with Broomfield’s Lilly Nichols (pole vault, 13 feet, 3.5 inches), Fairview’s Sophie Pierce (pole vault, 11-4) and FHS’ Olivia Kosanovich (pole vault, 10-10) all recording top-tier marks. Monarch’s 800 sprint medley relay team finished first in a stellar 1:52.67 on the girls’ side as well. For boys highlights, James Thomas’ 1,600-meter run time of 4:22.16 helped the Broomfield scoring, and Ryan Montera went 9:33.42 in the 3,200 run. More pole vault highlights came as Fairview’s Leo Sundstrom (14 feet) and Monarch’s Timo Heine (also 14 feet) made their presence known.

St. Vrain Invitational

While it wasn’t a league championship meet, the St. Vrain Invite on Friday did bring a number of the state’s top teams in all classifications together. A total of 53 elite performances were recorded — Legacy’s Ryan Montera once again made a run of note with a gold performance standard in the 1,600-meter run (4:14.10). Centaurus’ Maggie McCleskey ran the 800 in 2:14.98, and more girls pole vaulters continued to excel with Silver Creek’s Megan Kelleghan going 12 feet, 3 inches and Peak to Peak’s Kourtney Rathke hitting 11-9.