Ten area tracksters primed for small-school state meet
The trend of area prep athletes competing at the Class 2A and 3A state track meet appears to be on the rise.
Ten athletes, representing three area high schools, will be on-hand at Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium when the small-school state championship meet begins on Thursday.
Basalt has the largest contingent of the three schools. Five Longhorns – three boys and two girls – are scheduled to compete in four events after qualifying for the big show at last week’s Region 5 meet in Grand Junction.
John Tucker will represent the area in the boys’ 1,600- and 3,200- meter runs. At regionals, Tucker finished second in the 1,600 with a time of 4 minutes, 37.81 seconds and qualified for state with a third-place mark in the 3,200.
Tucker and teammate March Thompson, who will run in the girls’ 3,200, attend Alpine Christian Academy but compete for Basalt because their school does not have a track and field team.
Tucker’s events, both finals, will be held on Friday.
Basalt’s Hank Kindall will also compete in two events at Pueblo.
The Longhorn junior earned his way to state by finishing second at the regional meet in the boys’ shot put and discus throw.
The boys 3A discus will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday morning. The 3A boys shot put is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Freshman Felipe Sanchez and sophomore Reanna Robertson, have qualified in the boys’ 100 meters and girls high jump events, respectively.
Sanchez will run in one of two preliminary heats on Friday. The top eight times advance to Saturday’s event final, scheduled at 11:15 a.m. Robertson’s event takes place on Saturday.
Roaring Fork had three athletes – all boys – advance to the state meet.
The list includes newly-crowned regional champ James Leonard in the triple jump, sophomore Alex Tiernan in the 3,200 and Tommy Joiner in the high jump.
In the 2A meet, Grand Valley junior Chris Brundle will run in the boys’ 1,600. On the girls side, sophomore Jessica Cielatka earned a trip to Pueblo by finishing third at regionals in the shot put.
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