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4A, 5A track meet produces fron new state records

Phil Sandoval

Records fell like raindrops during the two-day span of the Class 4A and 5A state track and field championships.

Four new state records were set at the annual meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

Lewis Palmer’s David Olson ran a blistering 4 minutes, 12.61 second time in winning the boys 4A 1600-meter run. Olson broke Jared Scott’s (also of Lewis Palmer) two-year-old mark of 4:13.12.

Colorado Springs Liberty’s Ashley Owens set a new state time of 24.88 in the girls 200 meters, beating the record of 24.97 set by Nichole Oates of Rampart (also from Colorado Springs) in 1996.

In the 5A meet, Denver Montebello’s Toni Smith set a new state record in the triple jump and the Smoky Hill girls 4 x 800 meter relay set a state record by clocking in at 9:19.09.

Area schools failed to break any state records, but the Glenwood Springs girls set a number of new school marks.

Jennifer Kishimoto ran a lifetime best of 45.31 seconds in the girls 300 meter intermediate hurdles.

Amber Sutherland had a school record-breaking throw of 123 feet, 11 inches. Abby Walters set new freshman girls records in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs.

And the Demon 4 x 800 relay team of Kessie Schwanebeck, Lacey Darien, Sarah Shepard and Yuri Salvidrez set a new school record of 9:49.86.

Meanwhile, at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo, Caroline Cretti was setting two new 3A girls state records.

On Friday, the Roaring Fork senior broke her own 3200-meter run state record by more than 26 seconds.

Cretti took the race in 10:52.49. Last year, she won the same race in 11:19.27.

On Saturday, Cretti won the 1600 meter run in 5:09.00, and broke Dana Boyle’s 1998 state meet record of 5:12.22.


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