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McKinley bronze in prep finale

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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PUEBLO – Grand Valley’s Sam McKinley can’t stomach the notion of quitting. That’s why he finished a 200-meter dash at the Eagle Valley meet earlier this season despite pulling his hamstring midway. And that’s why, despite still nursing the injury, the senior trudged forward in a quest to defend his 2006 Class 2A state track titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Though he didn’t land the precise precious metal he hoped, McKinley still managed to take home 100 bronze and a fourth-place finish in the 200 from Saturday’s Class 2A/3A state track and field meet in Pueblo.The leg injury definitely loomed large in the day’s outcome.

“I could definitely feel it slow down toward the end,” McKinley admitted. “It’s tough to finish out the 100 and 200 strong.”Kit Carson’s Andrew Maxcy and Haxtun’s Garrick Biesemeier proved to be a thorn in everyone’s side. Maxcy won the 100 with a time of 11.11 seconds, just ahead of Biesemeier (11.20) and McKinley (11.42). In the 200, it was Biesemeier fronting the pack with a time of 22.51, followed by Maxcy (22.91), Simla’s Jake Toney (23.14) and McKinley (23.31).The soft-spoken McKinley was clearly wowed by the level of competition.”Phew, let’s see,” he said, attempting to assess the 100 field. “If I had my time from last year, it would have been closer, but they deserve it. There were some fast guys.” Had he had his time from last year (10.89), the soft-spoken senior would have two 100 state golds in his possession. His 200 time from last year (23.03) would have bumped him up to third place this year.

McKinley, who comes from a family of athletes, authored an impressive final chapter to his prep sports career. His senior year saw him qualify for state in golf, win a state title in basketball, help Grand Valley to the regional playoffs in baseball and take home state-meet bronze in track. “It’s kind of sad,” McKinley said of wrapping up his high school career. “But I had a pretty successful career, so I’m pretty happy about it.”McKinley’s father, Les, won a state track title and two state basketball championships back in the early 1970s at Walsh High School in southeast Colorado. “I guess there’s a little family competition,” Sam joked.Les conceded that his youngest son has surpassed him athletically.



“I don’t think I have anything on him anymore,” he said. “I’m very proud, as you can imagine. I’m glad he’s here again and that he had the courage to do the best he could.” Sam’s brother, Clay, and sister, Sarah, were also quite the athletes at Grand Valley. His mother, Cindy, wasn’t as big in sports but it appears Sam inherited his competitive spirit from her.”All the kids don’t like to lose,” said the McKinley matriarch. “They get that from their mother. You should see us when we’re playing board games at home.” And you won’t find a McKinley who gives up, no matter the odds.That fateful Eagle Valley meet could have been the end of the road for Sam, but he persevered.”I turned the corner on the 200 and started to pull up,” said McKinley. “I still finished the race. The coach yelled at me. She thought I should have stopped there. But I don’t like to quit. I like to finish, even if I have to walk.”

Pueblo, Colo. (AP) Here are Saturdays results in the Colorado Class 2A Track and Field Championships at Dutch Clark Stadium. (Running events in meters):BOYSTeam scores Wiggins (WIGG) 62, Dayspring Christian (DC) 49, Lyons (L) 43, Del Norte (DN) 42.5, Wray 37, Kit Carson (KC) 31, Haxtun (HAX) 28, Centern(CEN) 28, Norwood (NOR) 27, McClave (MC) 25, Sedgwick County (SC) 21, Limon 20, Rocky Ford (RF) 20, Burlington (BUR) 19, Dolores 18, Otis 15, West Grand (WG) 15, Flagler (FLA) 14, Mancos (MAN) 13, Simla 12, Swink 11, Weldon Valley (WV) 11, Grand Valley (GV) 11, North Park (NP) 10, Stratton (STR) 10, Elbert (ELB) 9, Idalia (IDA) 8.5, Akron 8, Meeker (MEK) 8, Fowler (FOW) 8, Byers 7, Fountain Valley (FV) 6, Peetz (PZ) 6, Maranatha Christian (MC) 5, Kiowa 5, Calhan (CAL) 4, Sargent (S) 4, Holyoke (HOL) 4, Cripple Creek-Victor (CCV) 4, Sangre de Cristo (SDC) 4, Paonia 4, Plateau Valley (PV) 3, Baca County (BC) 3, Kim 2, Cotopaxi 2, Bethune 1, Rangely 1, Telluride 1, Ouray 1, Custer County (CC) 1.100 meters 1, Andrew Maxy, KC, 11.11; 2, Garrick Biesemeier, HAX, 11.20; 3, Samuel McKinley, GV, 11.42; 4, Jake Toney, 11.49; 5, Tyler Mohrman, Day, 11.60; 6, Phillip Korpi, SAN, 11.61; 7, Gage Coen, 11.63; 8, Bobby Adamson, Byers, 11.85.200 meters 1, Garrick Biesemeier, HAX, 22.51; 2, Andrew Maxcy, KC, 22.86; 3, Jake Toney, Simla, 23.14; 4, Samuel McKinley, GV, 23.31; 5, Zach Scherrer, Limon, 23.33; 6, Jake Beckman, Wray, 23.52; 7, Tanner Ray, NP, 23.56; 8, Phillip Korpi, SC, 23.64.400 meters 1, Jordan Hagemeyer, HAX, 50.02; 2, Andy Cook, MAN, 50.09; 3, Jake Beckman, Wray, 50.39; 4, Chad Benkelman, ELB, 52.15; 5, Shawn Lindbom, WIG, 52.19; 6, Lance Martinez, DN, 52.64; 7, Seth Isenbart, STR, 52.95; 8, Joe Riccobono, MC, 53.35.1,600 meters 1, Victor Montoya, RF, 4:25.70; 2, Andrew Roberts, Lyons, 4:28.86; 3, Edwin Cruz, DN, 4:33.22; 4, Luke Ott, DOL, 4:34.07; 5, Barrett, WIG, 4:34.73; 6, Steven Stoot, FV, 4:38.48; 7, Colin Anderson, Lyons, 4:40.97; 8, Ryan Hampton, TEL, 4:41.15.400 meter relay 1, Kit Carson, 44.40; 2, Dayspring Christian, 44.77; 3, Burlington, 44.89; 4, McClave, 44.94; 5, Byers, 45.26; 6, Del Norte, 45.52; 7, Wiggins, 45.52; 8, Simla, 46.03.800 meter relay 1, Wiggins, 1:32.34; 2, Dayspring Chrisitian, 1:32.60; 3, McClave, 1:32.86; 4, Del Norte, 1:32.95; 5, Limon, 1:33.82; 6, Burlington, 1:35.11; 7, Byers, 1:36.10; 8, Mancos, 1:36.64.1,600 meter relay 1, Dayspring Christian, 3:28.67; 2, Center, 3:29.40; 3, Wiggins, 3:30.71; 4, Lyons, 3:30.75; 5, Limon, 3:32.58; 6, Burlington, 3:35.50; 7, Del Norte, 3:40.24; 8, Rangely, 3:40.91.3,200 meter relay 1, Wiggins, 8:10.35; 2, Center, 8:18.09; 3, Del Norte, 8:20.54; 4, Kiowa, 8:25.46; 5, Paonia, 8:30.27; 6, Burlington, 8:33.93; 7, Akron, 8:40.13; 8, Custer County, 8:44.65.110 meter hurdles 1, Dan Baer, Day, 14.63; 2, Michael Fruhwirth, Wray, 15.04; 3, Jared Sanderford, Day, 15.08; 4, Luke Loutzenhiser, FLA, 15.72; 5, Dan Crabbs, ELB, 15.75; 6, Sean Fox, FOW, 15.99; 7, Carson Ebke, SC, 16.49; 8, Jonathan Chittenden, Limon, 16.55.300 meter hurdles 1, Jade Downey, MC, 39.73; 2, Tanner Ray, NP, 40.29; 3, Luke Loutzenhiser, FLG, 41.13; 4, Michael Fruhwirth, Wray, 41.17, 5, Adam Lingo, WIG, 41.19; 6, Graham Histed, DAY, 41.89; 7, Adam Warsh, CEN, 42.37; 8, Jonathan Chittenden, Limon, 43.75.Long jump 1, Logan Deganhart, WV, 20-11.00; 2, Adam Lingo, WIG, 20-09.00; 3, Ryan Connot, PZ, 20-08.75; 4, Michael Fruhwirth, Wray, 20.04.75; 5, Luke Biel, SAR, 20-04.50; 6, Damon Dechant, KC, 20-00.00; 7, Jade Downey; MC, 19-08.25; 8, Jim Perkovich. Ouray, 19.07.75.Discus throw 1, Trey Mullen, Lyons, 159-08; 2, Tucker Lane, NOR, 152-00; 3, Stryker Lane, NOR, 138-03; 4, Marshall Kraker, WG, 133-03; 5, Joe Riccobono, MC, 133-01; 6, Israel Garay, WIG, 131-10; 7, Cody Collins, SC, 130-09; 8, Sean Carter, RF, 130-06.High jump 1, JP Davis, Otis, 6-04.00; 2, Kellen Schuebel, DOL, 6-04.00; 3, Zach Scherrer, Limon, 6-04.00; 4, Sean Fox, FOW, 6-02.00; 5, Cory Reimers, CAL, 6-01.00; 6; Ian Pino, PV, 6-01.00; 7, Tyler Weston, COT, 6-00.00; 8, Logan Deganhart, WV, 5-10.00.GIRLSTeam Scores Limon 55, Akron 43, Crowley County (CC) 40, Paonia 39, Sangre de Cristo (SC) 38, Wray 37, Lyons 37, Holyoke (HOL) 30, McClave (MC) 30, Burlington (BUR) 24, Dolores (DOL) 24, Crested Butte Community (CBC) 24, Fowler (FOW) 22, Wiggins (WIGG) 19, Nederland (NED) 18, Caliche (CAL) 18, Rangely 15, Fountain Valley (FV) 15, Merino 14, Rocky Ford (RF) 14, Vail Christian (VC) 13, Sedgwick County (SC) 13, Eads 13, Meeker (MEK) 12, West Grand (WG) 11.5, Byers 11, Swink 11, Mancos (MAN) 9, Dove Creek (DC) 8, Otis 8, Norwood (NOR) 8, Lutheran (Parker)(LP) 6, Elbert (ELB) 6, Simla 6, Idalia (IDA) 5, Evangelical Christian (EC) 5, Custer County 5, Kiowa 5, Ouray 4, Sargent 4, Peetz (PZ) 3, Grand Valley (GV) 3, Bethune 3, Pawnee 2.5, Soroco 2, North Park (NP) 2, Center 2, Hayden 1, Calhan (C) 1, Flagler (FLA) 1.ss100 meters 1, Shaylee Robinette, CC, 12.48; 2, Kyla McCracken, DOL, 13.00; 3, Marissa Smith, HOL, 13.03; 4, Nikki Lippitt, Byers, 13.05; 5, Mato Marstrand, SAN, 13.06; 6, Brandy Deimling, Kiowa, 13.06; 7, Tristen Montoya, MAN, 13.17; 8, Amy Marin, 13.23.200 meters 1, Shaylee Robinette, CC, 25.42; 2, Mato Marstrand, SC, 26.15; 3, Marissa Smith, HOL, 26.25; 4, Kyla McCracken, DOL, 26.67; 5, Jess Hadford, NED, 26.90; 6, Alyssa Guy, Akron, 26.92; 7, Brandy Deimling, Kiowa, 26.98; 8, Tristen Montoya, MAN, 27.24.400 meters 1, Shaylee Robinette, CC, 57.06; 2, Marissa Smith, HOL, 58.27; 3, Jess Hadford, NED, 58.70; 4, Kylie Hauer, MER, 1:00.71; 5, Brittani Vernard, PAO, 1:01.59; 6, Emmy Adkins, GV, 1:01.61; 7, Kaila Ivers, Wray, 1:01.95; 8, Beth Hollowed, MEK, 1:02.94.1,600 meters 1, Emma Coburn, CBC, 5:23.36; 2, Audrey Hogan, RAN, 5:28.72; 3, Jayleen Erker, WIG, 5:29.07; 4, Johanna Reed, Paonia, 5:30.43; 5, Kat Robinson, NED, 5:30.53; 6, Kali Anderson, BUR, 5:31.55; 7, Samantha Cure, IDA, 5:34.28; 8, Tara Richardson, WIG, 5:35.47.400 meter relay 1, Limon, 50.80; 2, McClave, 51.32; 3, Meeker, 51.53; 4, Holyoke, 52.07; 5, Burlington, 52.07; 6, Lyons, 52.36; 7, Vail Chrisitian, 52.56; 8, Calhan, 52.85.800 meter relay 1, McClave, 1:47.12; 2, Limon, 1:47.13; 3, Lyons, 1:50.14; 4, Akron, 1:50.28; 5, Wray, 1:50.47; 6, Dolores, 1:51.85; 7, Vail Chrisitan, 1:52.25; 8, Merino, 1:52.27.1,600 meter relay 1, Limon, 4;05.23; 2, Dolores, 4:07.67; 3, Lyons, 4:10.56; 4, Wray, 4:12.72; 5, Akron 4:12.72; 6, Paonia, 4:16.69; 7, Custer County, 4:16.69; 8, Soroco, 4:19.44.3,200 meter relay 1, Wray, 9:58.14; 2, Paonia, 9:58.35; 3, Akron, 10:01.35; 4, Vail Chrisitian, 10:12.47; 5, Nederland, 10:24.70; 6, Lyons, 10:25.72; 7, Crested Butte Community, 10:27.09; 8, Simla, 10:28.79.100 meter hurdles 1, Emily Hanna, FV, 14.69; 2, Jerrica Mallard, MC, 15.65; 3, Lindsey Grasmick, FOW, 16.13; 4, Audree Johnson, SC, 16.13; 5, Cami McCullough, SAR, 16.23; 6, Kristin Gardiner, PZ, 16.35, 7, Kori Banks, DC, 17.81.300 meter hurdles 1, Lindsey Grasmick, FOW, 45.19; 2, Whitney Liggett, Limon, 45.28; 3, Kori Banks, DC, 47.80; 4, Elise Mann, EC, 47.86; 5, Kelsey Clair, SAN, 47.94; 6, Danette Billington, WG, 49.25; 7, Danna Green, RAN, 49.71; 8, Mandie Miner, Swink, 50.97.800 meter medley 1, Akron, 1:52.86; 2, Merino, 1:52.99; 3, Fowler, 1:53.21; 4, Meeker, 1:53.55; 5, McClave, 1:54.29; 6, Paonia, 1:54.55; 7, Limon, 1:54.70; 8, Soroco, 1:56.53.Long jump 1, Kelsey Miller, Swink, 17-06.50; 2, Amy Marin, C, 17-04.00; 3, Nikki Lippit, Byers, 16-08.25; 4, Bobbie Strand, Otis, 16-07.25; 5, Natasha Breidenback, C, 16-06.00; 6, Mato Marstrand, SC, 16-05.00; 7, Emily Post, Wray, 16-00.00; 8, Morgan Witzel, BUR, 15-11.25.Discus 1, Brittany Brown, SC, 131-04; 2, Mollie Lane, NOR, 122-00; 3, Morgan Darden, MAN, 119-03; 4, Ashley Stroh, HOL, 113-03; 5, Stacy Beckman, SC, 110-02; 6, Lori Weirich, Eads, 108-06; 7, Taylor Lobato, CEN, 106-10; 8, Jessica Naylor, Limon, 104-08.Pole vault 1, Kelly Yelverton, Lyons, 9-06.00, 2, Elena Vigil, Akron, 9-00.00; 3, Grace Hinker, Lyons, 8-06.00; 4, Angie Tornowski, Limon, 8-06.00; 5, Marcie Hinker, Lyons, 8-00.00; Anita ONeil, WG, 8-00.00; Jordan Davidson, WG, 8-00.00; 8, Erin Krause, Akron, 7-06.00.


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