Bryan breaks Grand Valley 1,600 and 3,200 records
GRAND JUNCTION – Katie Bryan showed you don’t have to win to have an outstanding track meet.The Grand Valley High School distance runner earned her way to this weekend’s Class 2A state meet in Pueblo by finishing second in the girls 1,600-meter run and third place in the 3,200 at the 2A Region 5 Meet at Stocker Stadium held Friday and Saturday.In between her individual race accomplishments, Bryan, the anchor runner of the Cardinals 800 medley relay team, ran her leg in 1:02.00 seconds to put Grand Valley in third place in 1:59.71. The top three finishers in each event advance to state, giving Bryan a perfect three-for-three day. Behind the leaders heading into the last lap in both individual races, the Cardinals sophomore found a finishing kick to lift her to school-record times of 5 minutes, 48.03 seconds in the 1,600 and 12:49.61 in the 3,200.”I don’t know where I got it from,” said Bryan of late kick. “I just wanted to catch up.”Bryan admitted concern when the fast pace of Friday’s 3,200 put her in fourth place in the backstretch of the final lap, some 30-plus meters behind Mancos’ Aspen Hennrich.”I let (Hennrich) get too far ahead,” Bryan said. “The 3,200 wasn’t my pace; I should have passed her earlier.” She erased the mistake by running the last lap in 1:35.00, catching Hennrich on the final turn, then beating her by 4 seconds.Saturday’s 1,600 followed the same pattern. Bryan spent three quarters of the race behind eventual winner Rachel Glandorf, of Vail Christian, and sisters Emma and Gracie Coburn, of Crested Butte. Like before, Bryan turned on the burners and zoomed past the Coburns into second place.”You could tell that both of the Crested Butte girls were getting tired, and they weren’t as fast as they were in the 3,200,” Bryan said. “I knew I could get those girls.”
When it comes to speed-burners in the distance races, Class 3A Roaring Fork has some outstanding runners on its roster, too.Alex Tiernan and Casey Weaver timed second and third-place marks of 4:42.48 and 4:45.91 in the boys 1,600. Tiernan and Weaver, along with teammate Collin Stewart, also will compete in the 3,200 after posting prequalifying times last weekend.The same Rams threesome, with Theo Pulver, won the boys 4×800 relay with a time of 8:32.39 to claim one of three Roaring Fork 3A Region 5 event titles.Teammate Mollie Honan won both girls hurdle finals, taking the 100 hurdles in 17.18 seconds and the 300 in 48.88.Basalt came home with two individual second-place medalists. Duncan McDaniel timed 2:03.84 in the boys 800. Haley Stumpus took second in the girls 100 hurdles with a time of 17.19.Two Longhorns girls relay teams also finished second, in the 800 medley (1:58.43) and 4×800 (10:16.52) events.
Includes prequalifiers and regional qualifiers(includes prequalifying marks)Class 2A GirlsGrand Valley – Katie Bryan (1,600, 3,200). Medley relay (names not available).Class 3A BoysRoaring Fork – Alex Tiernan (1,600, 3,200); Casey Weaver (1,600, 3,200); Collin Stewart (3,200); Weaver, Tiernan, Stewart, Theo Pulver (4×800 relay).Basalt – Duncan McDaniel (800). Girls Roaring Fork – Mollie Honan (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles). Basalt – Amy Lund (3,200); Haley Stumpus (100 hurdles); Lund, Sophie Stenstadvold, Kate Wilson, Emily Tates (4×800 relay); Natalie Barr, Stumpus, Emily Gustafson, Nicole Wagner (medley relay); Barr, Gustafson, Stumpus, Wagner (4×100). Prequalifying marks according to Colorado High School Activities Association State Track Meet Dates, May 20-21. Class 2A, 3A meet at Dutch Clark Stadium, Pueblo.
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