McKinley dashes to 100, 200 titles |

McKinley dashes to 100, 200 titles

Melinda MawdsleySteamboat Pilot & Today Staff

PUEBLO – The jagged scar on junior Sam McKinley’s left knee was pink, though his long shorts did a nice job hiding it.On Saturday, months before he was scheduled to heal from reconstructive knee surgery, McKinley won the 100- and 200-meter titles at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships in Pueblo.Sitting on the Dutch Clark Stadium infield, McKinley said he didn’t come to Pueblo to leave as the fastest boy in 2A.”In the 100, I expected top three,” he said. “In the 200, I don’t know, I thought maybe fourth of fifth. Usually it takes one-and-a-half to two years to be healthy after ACL surgery. I’m at a year and two months.”Leave it to McKinley to move faster than expected.The Grand Valley junior broke the 100 and 200 school records at state, running a hand-held time of 10.89 seconds in the 100, and a 22.72 in the 200. Officially, he won the 100 in 11.5, and the 200 in 23.03. McKinley’s time of 10.89 broke his own school record and was the fastest area mark for the season, regardless of class.McKinley was stuck in lane eight for the 200-meter finals, running up against the concrete wall near the stands, making his winning time that much more impressive.He received his gold medal from his father, Les McKinley, which was another surprise.On Friday, an announcement was made asking any previous state champions in attendance to volunteer to hand out medals on the field. Les McKinley won the Class 1A shot put title in 1971. “My wife signed me up,” he said.Les McKinley presented the shot put medals as he was scheduled to do.”I ran back to the stands after that to film Sam,” he said.Les McKinley watched his son win the 200. He was then asked to return to the field to present medals to the top eight finishers in the 200.He jumped at the chance.Sam McKinley wasn’t the only Grand Valley athlete to place at the 2006 state meet. Junior Katie Bryan finished fifth in the 3,200 meters Saturday, running a 12:27.74. It made up for poor runs in the 1,600 and 800.”I didn’t do what I wanted,” Bryan said, making a disgusted look with her face.Bryan qualified for state in three individual events – the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 – as well as the 800 medley relay, so she felt good after her 3,200 run.”I’m done,” she said. “I can eat whatever I want. I can drink a pop if I want, as long as I don’t have to rehydrate.”Bryan had hydration issues Friday night.”I was downing the water,” she said.This year’s 2A field, most notably in the relays, was as deep as it has been in years.Grand Valley’s 800-meter medley team of Bryan, Natasha Segreto, Danya Rogers and Emmy Adkins placed fifth in 1:56.22. Limon won in a state meet record time of 1:49.48.”We were undefeated all year,” Bryan said. “Finals was the goal. We ended up getting fifth, which was awesome.”

Laura Wright, the lone representative from the Roaring Fork girls track and field team, finished fifth in the 200-meter dash at the Class 3A State Track and Field Championships in Pueblo on Saturday. Wright posted a mark of 26.91 in the event.Fellow Ram Collin Stewart, the only member of Roaring Fork’s boys track and field squad, finished eighth in the 3,200 after running it in 10:26.06.

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