LAKEWOOD — Allison Beasley knew she had to kick it into gear throughout her last two laps around the track but wasn’t quite sure how much of a lead she had in the final countdown.
Luckily for the Peak to Peak senior, she just increased the gap that already existed before her final flight around Jeffco Stadium on Friday afternoon. In doing so, she easily won the Class 3A girls 3,200-meter run to take home the title as she clocked in at 11 minutes, 2.51 seconds.
“I was really excited,” Beasley said. “It’s something that I’ve wanted for a really long time. I remember two years ago, some of my older teammates were like, ‘You could win someday!’ And I almost didn’t believe them at that time. But I got out, the start was a little rough, but I managed to get myself into a good position. I kind of wanted just to sit in second for a long time so I wasn’t doing too much work in the front. I just knew in my head in the final two laps that I wanted a kick, and so I did on the stretch and it worked out.”
Whenever she takes to the track for competition, everything else just falls away. She didn’t have any idea how far ahead she was when she crossed the finish line. She comfortably won by 3.8 seconds.
“I feel like we have a decent legacy of a strong distance program and I don’t want that to end, so I’m just happy,” Beasley said. “I have a lot of teammates past and present behind me, helping support me through this.”
Beasley also finished 10th in the 800 (2:23.32) as teammates Corte Peterson took the bronze in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches) and Kourtney Rathke claimed the silver in the ladies’ pole vault (12-3) and seventh in the long jump (16-5).
Other notables from Friday:
- Jefferson Academy track entered the weekend with zero state titles to its name, but that changed drastically between Thursday and Friday. After two gold medals in the Class 3A boys long jump and girls high jump on the first day of competition, Aaliyah Robinson added her name to that list as she stole victory in the girls long jump on Friday afternoon. She hit a max distance of 17-8.5, just 0.5 inches over her previous personal record. “It’s a win-win,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier. It’s my senior year, too, so this is exactly what I wanted. (The competition) was really good. I was really nervous, especially being the last jumper (to start). I was so excited when I saw the last jumper (in the finals) didn’t jump my best, but there were a ton of good athletes out there.” Jefferson Academy also saw a second-place finish from Chrisly Kelly-Cannon in the triple jump (44-7.75), eighth place from the girls 800-meter relay (1:50.47) and fifth place from Jacob Crookston in the 3,200 (9:46.60).
- The Erie boys 800-meter relay team entered the state competition as the top seed in that event, and the Tigers didn’t disappoint. When senior Quentin Hartel crossed the finish line first, he not only helped take home the gold for his boys. He, Sean Thomas Francisco, Mason Veve and Blake Donaldson also set a school record with a final time of 1:29.52. They defeated second-place Mead by a mere 0.56 seconds. “We’re all in the same area (as Mead),” Hartel said. “A bunch of us are friends and we’ve been racing each other all season, pushing each other. So to see us go one-two in state, it’s amazing and just a testament to how much we help each other.” The Erie girls claimed seventh in the 800-meter medley relay (1:53.05) as Mead’s Frances Hudson placed eighth in the 800 (2:18.24) and Addison Babcock finished in a seven-way tie for seventh place in the pole vault (4-10).
- Holy Family took home three Class 3A medals on Friday, including two in the 800-meter relay. The Tigers’ boys team was runner-up in the 800 relay, in 1:30.29 — just 0.5 of a second behind University. The girls team was third in the 800 relay, crossing the line in 1:48.32. Individually, Brody Welch placed fourth in the boys discus with a throw of 139 feet, six inches.
- Shining Mountain junior Kalea Zeender tied for sixth in the Class 1A girls high jump, with a leap of 4 feet, 5 inches.