Senior takes silver in 4A shot put
LAKEWOOD — Joey Kuheim would have liked to have done better in the shot put final at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium on Thursday. And for a time, it looked like she was going to.
The Rifle High School senior, while doing her warm-up tosses prior to finals, was slinging the shot put at close to a state-record distance. Officials had marked the spot where the state record of 47 feet, 2 1/2 inches was, and Kuheim was coming close to that on every warmup attempt.
But when the competition ended, it was the 44-foot mark of Mariah Walker of Sand Creek which took gold in the event. Kuheim finished second with a put of 43 feet.
“I really wanted to win,” Kuheim said by phone Thursday night. “I’ve been here three years in a row now and I really wanted it to end well. Then again, I’m hard on myself anyway.”
Despite not earning the gold medal she desired, Kuheim did earn a silver medal in the shot put for the second consecutive year at the state meet. She’ll also have another chance to medal again in the discus when the event is run on Saturday.
She’ll also likely be cheered on by the people who came to the Front Range from Rifle to see her compete.
“I’m very, very lucky to have all of the support that I have from all of the coaches, teachers, teammates and even people from other teams around me,” she said. “I can’t say enough about how thankful I am for that.”
Ben Coleman of Grand Valley put some points on the board for the Cardinals. The sophomore managed an eighth-place finish with a mark of 40-11 3/4. Collin Scheer of Classical Academy won the event with a leap of 44 0 3/4. The top nine finishers at the state meet earn team points.
Preliminaries will continue throughout the morning today at Jeffco, with finals in the 4A 3,200 meters starting at 10 a.m. and the 800 medley relay beginning at 11:50 a.m. Many of the running-event finals will take place on Saturday.
Also earning points was the boys 4×800 relay team from Coal Ridge, which managed an eighth-place time of 8 minutes, 21.89 seconds.
Coal Ridge put itself in a good spot to score. The Titans qualified second in the 3A boys 4×200 relay, and Jorge Hernandez was the second-fastest qualifier in the 200 meters in 22.18 seconds. Coal Ridge’s girls 4×200 relay also qualified second on Thursday with a time of 1:46.25.
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