Colorado natives come up big on Day 6 of Track & Field trials |

Colorado natives come up big on Day 6 of Track & Field trials

Blake Risner
Special to the Post Independent
Mason Finley competes during the men’s discus throw final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Eugene Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The last event contested Thursday night at the Olympic Track & Field Trials was the final of the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. The rain had little effect on these ladies since they run the majority of the 7 1⁄2 laps with wet shoes anyhow. The winner of the race was Colorado’s Emma Coburn.

Coburn, who won her fifth national championship with a time of 9:17.48, hails from Crested Butte, Colorado. As the track & field coach for Glenwoood Springs, I can remember watching Emma run 800M, 1,600M & 3,200M races at most of the meets contested on the Western Slope. We all anticipated that the local girl would go on to compete in college, but her current success surpassed most expectations.

She is only one of many Colorado-born athletes that have qualified to compete at the Olympic Trials – and many of those athletes are doing very well.

On Friday, Mason Finley won the men’s discus with a distance of 208’ 1”. Finley prepped at Buena Vista High School in Colorado, and, as with Coburn, I had the opportunity to watch this youngster compete locally before moving on to bigger and better performances. I can recall the Colorado High School Activities Association officials deciding to change the location of the state discus competition at JEFFCO Stadium due to concerns that Finley would throw beyond the confines of the facility – and he would have!

Also throwing in the discus competition were Russ Winger (Pine Creek, 2003) and Casey Malone (Arvada West, 1995).

Looking back throughout the week, here are the performances of the other Colorado athletes at the Trials:

Boris Berian (Widefield, 2011) earned an Olympic berth by placing 2nd in the men’s 800M with a time of 1:44.92. Former Wheat Ridge (2010) standout Scott Fauble ran to 4th in the 10,000M with a time of 28:45.53. Dusty Solis (Coronado, 2010), Kaela Edwards (Littleton, 2012), Bethany Praska (Longmont, 2007) all ran in the 800M preliminaries. Sam Pierson (Pueblo South, 2007) advanced to the finals of the pole vault.

Valarie Allman (Silver Creek, 2013) threw 193’ 8” to place 6th in the discus. Laura Thweatt (Durango, 2007), Natosha Rogers (Dakota Ridge, 2009) and Alisha Williams (Frederick, 2000) all ran in the women’s 10,000M. Joe Morris (Golden, 2008) advanced to the semis of the 100M with a 10.09 while Markesh Woodson (Fountain-Fort Carson, 2012) ran 10.19. Tabor Stevens (Canon City, 2010) qualified for the finals of the men’s 3,000M steeplechase. William Kincaid(Columbine,2011)had the top time in the prelims of the men’s 5,000M. In the women’s 5,000M, Katie Mackey(FortCollins,2006) advanced with a time of 15:26.64. Tony Carodine (Widefield, 2012) advanced to the finals of the triple jump with a mark of 53’ 4 1⁄4”. Elise Cranny (Niwot, 2014) advanced to the semis of the 1,500M with a time of 4:23.59.

To view results, go to olympic-trials/. For a complete listing of the television coverage, go to field-trials.

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