Coal Ridge senior Peyton Garrison defended her state titles in the 100- 200- and 400-meter events Sunday, as the Lady Titans fought hard but came up just short in their team title defense, finishing second to Liberty Common at the Class 3A State Track & Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
Garrison outran Liberty Common’s Katie Wrona in the 100 with a winning time of 12.41 seconds. Wrona crossed in 12.77, followed by Alamosa’s Aani Hardesty in 13.01, and Basalt’s Jacey Read was fourth at 13.02 seconds.
Garrison was tops again in the 400 with a time of 54.97 seconds (her prelim time of 54.71 seconds on Thursday was a new state meet record, as well as a personal best and new school record). She finished way ahead of Strasburg’s Peighton Marrero at 58.13 seconds and Halle Hamilton’s third-place finish of 58.46 seconds. Liberty Common’s Lily Morrison was fourth in 58.49 seconds.
Next up was the 200-meter final where Garrison again broke the tape first with a time of 24.82 seconds, another school record. It was the second straight year Garrison swept the sprint events at state. She also helped the Titans’ 800 sprint medley relay win on Saturday.
“It’s truly exciting to watch, she truly gets faster every week,” Titans head coach Ben Kirk said of Garrison, who is committed to run at the collegiate level for Montana State University next year.
“With her work ethic and her competitiveness within herself and with the sport, and with some better coaching at the college level, she’s only going to continue to improve,” he said.
Liberty Common was stacked in the 200 event, with Wrona again taking second in 26.19 seconds, and teammates Lily Morrison in fifth at 26.6 seconds and Gigi Jurgens taking seventh in 26.90.
Titans senior Natalie Smythe had a fifth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles final, with a time of 46.15 seconds, and Titan Brilee Jensen took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 6 inches.
In the 4×100 relay, the Titans squad of Mary Bolitho, Rilyn Krueger, Jackie Camunez and Nicole Herrera took fifth in 50.87 seconds. Liberty Common won the event with time of 49.35.
Junior Mikayla Cheney placed seventh in the 1600 meters in a season-best time of 5:04.44. Basalt junior Katelyn Maley was fourth in the event at 5:00.06, and teammate Ava Lane was 10th in 5:10.49.
Liberty Common’s Isabel Allori won the 1600 in a meet record time of 4:55.12 to give her Eagles team an insurmountable lead.
To top things off for Coal Ridge, in the final event of the weekend, the Titans 4×400 relay team of Camunez, Krueger, Smythe and Cheney claimed gold, finishing first in 4:01.66.
“It was a big gamble to put Peyton in the medley instead, but the rest of the girls really responded. It was a big moment for them,” Kirk said.
With all events scored in the 3A girls meet, Coal Ridge had 86 points, second to Liberty Common’s 98. Basalt finished sixth with 41 points.
Another top podium finish for the Titans came in the 800-meter sprint medley, with Bolitho, Herrera, Garrison and Camunez crossing first Saturday in 1:48.19.
A trio of discus throwers — Addy Davis, Brilee Jensen and Abigail Wittenberg — also stepped up big time, finishing in the points at seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, to keep Coal Ridge in the mix.
One hiccup for the Titans came Saturday in the 4×200 relay where Coal Ridge was the second-fastest qualifier out of the prelims. A clerical error on the relay card submitted by Kirk resulted in the team being disqualified from the finals, leaving some valuable points on the table.
“The kids bounced back well, and we had a team meeting and talked about trying to get 80 points. We ended up with 86, so that was big,” Kirk said.
The top athlete for the Coal Ridge boys was senior Eddie Salazar, who placed fourth in the 3A long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 0.5 inches. And, the Titans 4×400 relay team of Omar Vergara, James Webber, Dylan Campbell and AJ Montes took fifth with a time of 3:28.04.
Glenwood’s Sandoval shines
Also making the podium twice on Sunday was Glenwood Springs High School sophomore Joaquin Sandoval in the 4A boys 100 and 200 meters.
Sandoval finished fourth in the 100, matching his season-best time at 11.15 seconds, and a short time later took third in the 200 meters with a time of 22.59 seconds.
After barely making it into the 100 finals from the Thursday prelims, grabbing the ninth and final slot, Sandoval counted himself lucky to podium twice.
“Having to wait out the weather, I was pretty anxious to get out there and compete,” Sandoval said in a phone interview, referring to Friday’s postponement of the state track meet due to the spring snowstorm.
“It felt pretty good seeing my name up there twice,” he said. “I felt pretty strong in the 200, and just had to find that second gear for a little bit extra to be able to pull through.”
Sandoval said he looks forward to a return to the state meet his junior year, with sights on improving his 400-meter time as well and teaming up with some fellow Demons to try to qualify in some sprint relays.
Basalt’s Katelyn Maley and Coal Ridge’s Mikayla Cheney, outside lanes, at the start of the 3A girls 800 meter finals Saturday, May 21, at the Colorado High School Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium.| Cody Jones/Summit Daily
4A boys 100M: Joaquin Sandoval, Glenwood Springs, fourth (11.15 seconds)
4A boys 200M: Joaquin Sandoval, Glenwood Springs, third (22.59)
3A girls 100M: Peyton Garrison, Coal Ridge, first (12.41); Jacey Read, Basalt, fourth (13.02)
3A girls 400M: Peyton Garrison, Coal Ridge, first (54.97)
3A girls 200M: Peyton Garrison, Coal Ridge, first (24.82)
3A girls 300M hurdles: Natalie Smythe, Coal Ridge, fifth (46.15)
3A girls shot put: Brilee Jensen, Coal Ridge, fifth (35 feet, 6 inches)
3A girls 4×100 relay: Coal Ridge, fifth (50.87)
3A girls 1600M: Katelyn Maley, Basalt, fourth (5 minutes, 0.06 seconds); Mikayla Cheney, Coal Ridge, seventh (5:04.44); Ava Lane, Basalt, 10th (5:10.49)
3A girls 4×400 relay: Coal Ridge (Jackie Camunez, Rilyn Krueger, Natalie Smythe and Mikayla Cheney), first (4:01.66).
3A girls long jump: Vanessa Bryant, Basalt, 14th (15-8)
3A boys long jump: Eddie Salazar, Coal Ridge, fourth (21 feet, 0.5 inches); Kade Bishop, Rifle, seventh (20-7); Gavin Webb, Basalt, 14th (19-2)
3A boys high jump: Gavin Webb, Basalt, ninth (5-9)
3A boys 4×400 relay: Coal Ridge (Omar Vergara, James Webber, Dylan Campbell and AJ Montes), fifth 3:28.04.
4A girls 800M: Sophia Connerton-Nevin, 17th (2:24)
4A girls long jump: Breauna Sorensen, Glenwood Springs, 10th (16-6.25)
3A girls 800M sprint medley: Coal Ridge (Mary Bolitho, Nicole Herrera, Peyton Garrison, Jackie Camunez), first (1:48.19)
3A girls discus: Addy Davis, Coal Ridge, seventh (107-08); Brilee Jensen, Coal Ridge, eighth (107-01); Abigail Wittenberg, Coal Ridge, ninth (106-09)
3A girls 4×200 relay: Basalt (Jacey Read, Vanessa Bryant, Ava Lane, Katelyn Maley), fourth (1:46.22); Coal Ridge (disqualified on technical violation)
3A girls 800M: Katelyn Maley, Basalt, first (2:13.27); Ava Lane, Basalt, fourth (2:14.82); Mikayla Cheney, Coal Ridge, eighth (2:17.42)
3A girls pole vault: Jamie Caron, Rifle, ninth (8-08); Sophia Craig, Rifle, 11th (8-02); Haven Prodzinski, Coal Ridge, 14th (8-02); Liliana Schmitz, Coal Ridge, 18th (7-08)
3A girls high jump: Lydia Karren, Coal Ridge, 14th (4-09)
3A boys shot put: Troy Mataia, Rifle, fifth (season-best 45 feet, 0.25 inches)
3A boys pole vault: Patrick Whitt, Rifle, fifth (11-06); Justin Richel, Coal Ridge, seventh (11-06); Emjai Holder, ninth (11-06)
2A boys discus: Jacob Doyle, Grand Valley, fourth (144-06)
2A boys triple jump: Kade Sackett, Grand Valley, 11th (39-0.75)
4A girls triple jump: Ana Shea, Glenwood Springs, 16th (31-10.25)
4A girls high jump: Ana Shea, Glenwood Springs, 13th (4-9)
3A girls 3200M: Katelyn Maley, Basalt, third (11:14.65); Mikayla Cheney, Coal Ridge, sixth (11:18.96)
3A girls triple jump: Natalie Smythe, Coal Ridge, fourth (35-6.75)
3A girls high jump: Lydia Karren, Coal Ridge, 14th (4-9)
3A boys pole vault: Patrick Whitt, Rifle, fifth (11-6); Justin Richel, Coal Ridge, seventh (11-6); Emjai Holder, Coal Ridge, ninth (11-6)
3A boys triple jump: Eddie Salazar, Coal Ridge, 18th (38-8)
3A boys discus: Marlon Nelson, Basalt, ninth (127-1); Jason Prado, Rifle, 18th (107-11)
The state meet got underway Thursday. However, a weather front that brought snow to the Front Range postponed Friday’s event schedule altogether. The meet resumed Saturday afternoon.
In 4A girls results on opening day, Glenwood Springs 4×800 relay team of Maria Carlson, Sophia Connerton-Nevin, Quinn Waaler and Madison Stewart placed 17th with a time of 10:35.34; and freshman Ana Shea was 16th in the triple jump with a mark of 31 feet, 3 inches, and 13th in the high jump at 4 feet, 9 inches.
Also competing for Glenwood but not making it to the finals were junior Ruby Patch, 13th in the 100-meter hurdles prelims, 16.4 seconds; and senior Maria Carlson, 18th in the 400 meters at 1:03.65 seconds.
The Day 1 showcase was the girls 3200-meter run, where Basalt’s Maley finished third with a time of 11 minutes, 14.65 seconds. Coal Ridge’s Cheney was sixth with a season-best time of 11:18.96.
In other Thursday finals, Titans senior Smythe placed fourth in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 35 feet, 6.75 inches. Out of the scoring were Lydia Karren, 14th in the high jump (4 feet, 9 inches), and the 4×800 relay team of Araceli Ayala, Taylee Richards, Brooklyn Richards and Haven Prodzinski, placing 12th with a time of 10:26.
For the 3A boys, Coal Ridge’s Justin Richel and Emjai Holder placed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the pole vault, both clearing 11-6; the Titans 4×800 relay of Tyler Parker, Dylan Campbell, William Parra and Isaac Thompson was 17th in 8:51.61; and junior Eddie Salazar was 18th in the triple jump at 38-8.
Rifle’s Patrick Whitt was fifth in the pole vault, also clearing 11-6, and the Bears’ Jason Prado finished 18th in the discus, with the throw of 107-11.
Among the 2A boys, Grand Valley’s Kade Sackett was 15th in the long jump with a mark of 18-7.
Roaring Fork’s Kyra Reeds took part in the girls 100-meter hurdles prelims on Thursday, finishing 14th in 17.87 seconds. She did not qualify for finals.
The Basalt boys were led Thursday by senior Marlon Nelson, who finished ninth in the discus throw finals. His best toss reached 127 feet, 1 inch, coming on his second throw. Woodland Park’s Sam Johnson won with a throw of 137-02.
Other area relay teams finishing out of the qualifying Thursday were the Coal Ridge boys 4×200 relay of Omar Vega, James Webber, Sergio Jaquez and Eddie Salazar, 12th (1:32.84), and Rifle’s 4×200 team of Jorge Villagrana, Ethan Wolf, Daniel Hernandez and Peyton Prettyman, 13th (1:33.71).