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State track, other prep events hampered by weather conditions

CHSAA officials still hoping for Saturday to open up

Katie Carroll, of Niwot High School, ...
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Katie Carroll, of Niwot High School, competes in the 4A triple jump during the first day of the 2022 Colorado Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium on May 19, 2022.
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The second day of the state track and field meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood was postponed due to weather, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced early Friday morning.

While a continuation date for the three-day meet was not immediately set as the association said it would continue to monitor the weather before making a decision, later on Friday an alternate schedule for the Saturday portion of the meet was set in the event the rain and snow cleared from the playing surfaces in good time.

Saturday’s proposed alternate schedule has events starting from as early as 12:10 p.m. and going through to around 9 p.m., or starting as late as 3:10 p.m. and going all the way through to around 11:30 p.m. Four separate schedules were set up, thereby enabling officials to monitor conditions and keep a tight-timed event going.

The Denver Metro area has seen rain and snow all day Friday, and that was expected to continue overnight and into the morning hours. Substantial accumulation could result in some areas.

If Saturday does not work out, it is likely the remaining two days of competition would transfer into Sunday and Monday — with schedules more in tune with the original Friday/Saturday timeline.

Track and field’s state meet wasn’t the only weekend prep event to feel the effect of wet weather. A rundown of the remaining spring sports and the effect of the storms on the schedule:

Baseball

Baseball regional play was supposed to be completed by Saturday. However, local schools saw an array of changes to their four-team regional schedules over the past 48 hours. The Lyons Lions were able to get their Class 2A regional in Friday — the Lions beat Yuma, 6-3, before falling to Peyton, 14-1 to end their solid season — but other teams likely won’t be playing until Sunday at the earliest.

Legacy, a favorite to make the Class 5A state tournament, will host its regional on Monday morning.

Boys lacrosse

Erie’s Class 4A state semifinal was moved from Saturday morning to Monday afternoon (5 p.m.), with a location change to boot. The Tigers will now take on Cheyenne Mountain at Englewood High School.

Girls golf

Luckily, the girls golfers in the area will see no changes from this storm. Regionals will still take place Monday or Tuesday at locations throughout the state, and the state tournaments are still slated for May 31-June 1.

Girls soccer 

The area has three teams still alive, but only Dawson in Class 2A saw a change in their schedule. The 2A semifinals were scheduled to be played at Western Colorado University in Gunnison on Saturday, but those games have been moved to Monday. A win for the Mustangs would see them join Broomfield (Class 5A) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday, May 25, for a double-header of championship games.

Jefferson Academy, which won its Class 3A semifinal, 1-0, over Colorado Academy on Thursday night in Colorado Springs, will take on Kent Denver in the state championship on Tuesday. That game will also be played at Dick’s at 5:30 p.m.

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