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Track and field: Broomfield’s Maelynn Higgins runner-up in Class 5A 800

LAKEWOOD CO - June 24, 2021: ...
Fairview’s Aidan Christiansen in the 5A long jump during the second day of the Colorado Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium on June 25, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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LAKEWOOD – Like so many sophomores around the state, Broomfield’s Maelynn Higgins had to wait a while to get her high school track and field career off the ground.

On Friday, however, she made her first appearance at the state meet a memorable one.

Higgins had a strong finish to place second in the Class 5A girls 800-meter run at Jefferson County Stadium.

Higgins posted a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 10.38 seconds, putting some pressure on Cherry Creek’s Riley Stewart, who won in 2:09.60.

“I was really excited going into this meet,” said Higgins, who will run the 1,600 meters on Saturday. “This is my first track season, so my coaches and teammates were really supporting me. It was a really long preseason and this meet was definitely the driving goal. I felt really good going into the meet and just super, super pumped and excited.”

She was also excited to run against Stewart, named the state’s Gatorade girls cross country runner of the year earlier this year.

“She’s amazing,” Higgins said. “Running against some of the best in Colorado, some of the best there’s ever been in Colorado, is super inspiring and it definitely drives you and motivates you.”

Other notes from the Class 5A state meet:

  • Fairview’s Aidan Christiansen, a transfer from Lyons, came up short of the state title in the boys long jump, but he posted a personal-best jump and finished as runner-up. Christiansen had a leap of 22 feet, 8.5 inches, finishing 5.5 inches behind Brandon Hills of Vista Ridge. The Knights also won a medal on the girls side, as Imani Fernandez-Gorbea was eighth in the 800 meters.
  • Three area runners won medals in the boys 3,200 meters. Ryan Montera of Legacy finished in third, at 9:16.42, while Broomfield’s James Thomas was sixth (9:19.54) and Boulder’s Lukas Haug was seventh (9:21.32). Montera and Thomas both posted their best times of the season, but Haug was just 0.09 of a second off his best time.
  • In addition to Higgins and Thomas, Broomfield won two relay medals on Friday. The Eagles were eighth in the boys 800-meter relay, while the girls were seventh in the 800-meter relay.
  • Monarch’s girls won a third-place medal and set a school record in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:43.18.