By Renée Haip
The Lyons Track and Field teams, boys and girls, have dominated the state 2A scene for the previous two seasons (2011 and 2012). This year they are once again back as defending champions. While inclement weather was responsible for the cancelation of their first meet (RE-1J District), and basketball playoffs delayed the season and onset of practice for many athletes, the 2013 track and field season finally opened with the Lyons Relays on March 14.
As the Lyons Relays is an unconventional meet with the entire meet being scored in a relay format, it is always fun to watch and a terrific team building activity. With seven teams in attendance, the Lyons girls took top honors by impressively placing first in 9 of 16 events. The boys placed second behind Erie by winning 5 of 16 events despite the absence of
three key athletes (Matt Radich, Marcel Such, and Zach Tucker).
Looking ahead, the season appears to be full of promise and excitement for Mark Roberts in his 17th year as boys/girls head coach; his talented group of assistant coaches (Jeff Boelé – distance, jumps; Gib Dolezal – horizontal jumps; Jason Maguire – throws; Jeaneane Anderson, Eric Owen, and Adam Nelson – pole vault; and Darrol Telck – sprints/jumps), and for the young athletes of Lyons. According to Coach Roberts, “Both teams return a strong nucleus from last year, and should be contenders for team state titles again this season.”
For the girls, senior Nola Basey, awarded Most Valuable Athlete at the 2012 Boulder County Track and Field Championships, leads a strong group of girls. Coach Versaw of Colorado MileSplit wrote: “No matter what classification your rooting interests belong to, learn the name of Nola Basey. Basey may be the state’s best all-around returning jumper.” In fact, Basey is so versatile, she is a strong contributor in the relays and sprints, as well.
Girls Returning State Qualifiers: Nola Basey (Sr., high jump, 1st; long jump, 3rd; triple jump, 2nd; 200, 9th), Olivia Raspotnik (Sr., high jump, 7th; 1600, 7th; 1600 relay 6th), Kelsey Miner (Sr., 3200, 7th; 1600, 11th), Dana Arling (Sr., 400 relay, 8th; 800 relay, 6th; 1600 relay, 6th), Amber Boyington (Sr., pole vault, tie for 6th; 400 relay, 8th; 800 relay 6th), Brittany King (Sr., pole vault, 9th), Austen Fankhouser (Sr., pole vault, 11th), Hazel Myers (Sr., 800 medley relay, 16th), Maddie Keen (Jr., 800 medley relay, 16th; 800 relay, 6th), Miriam Roberts (Jr., 1600, 5th; 3200, 4th; 3200 relay, 3rd; 1600 relay, 6th; 2012 All-State XC-2nd), Sammy Bashor (Jr., 100 hurdles, 8th; 300 hurdles, 10th; 400 relay, 8th), Jenna Anderson (So., 800, 18th; 3200 relay, 3rd), Anna Sundrud (So., 3200 relay, 3rd; 1600 relay, 6th), Faith Myers (So., 3200 relay, 3rd)
Other Girls to Watch: Lauren Simms (So., hurdles), Jessica Boxrud (Fr., sprints, jumps), Sierra Tucker (Fr., distance)
Note: Carla Walko, Jr., a 2012 state qualifier in the 800 relay (6th), will be missing this season due to an injury sustained during basketball season.
For the senior boys, Ryan Boucher, reigning 2A 400-meter state champion, was undefeated in the 400 meter last year against competition from all divisions. Across the 2012 season, Matt Radich, reigning 2A 110-hurdle champion, brought home a total of 4 first-place medals (1 individual, 3 relays), and Justin Boldt medaled 4 times as well. Together, Boldt, Boucher, and Radich lead a very competitive boys’ team.
Boys Returning State Qualifiers: Matt Radich (Sr., 110 hurdles, 1st; 400 Relay, 1st; 800 relay, 1st; 1600 relay, 1st), Ryan Boucher (Sr., 400, 1st; 800 relay, 1st; 1600 relay, 1st), Justin Boldt (Sr., 300 hurdles, 2nd; long jump, 5th; 800 relay, 1st; 1600 relay, 1st), Clint Hirschfeld (Sr., 3200 relay, 16th), Zack Tucker (Sr., 3200 relay, 16th; alt. for 1600 relay, ran in prelims, 1st), Jacob Anderson (Sr., 3200 relay, 16th), Kelten Tschanz (Sr., pole vault, tie for 10th), James Hinker (Sr., pole vault, tie for 6th), Trent Poulsen (Jr., pole vault, tie for 10th), Marcel Such (Jr., 3200, 8th; 1600, 17th; 2012 All-State XC-4th), Matt Dillon (So., 3200 relay, 16th), Tullef Rudlong (So., 100, 8th; 200, 11th; pole vault, tie for 13th; 400 relay,
Other Boys to Watch: Chris Lennard (Jr., jumps), Zach Christiansen (So., hurdles, relays), Brian Flynn, (So., middle distance), Paul Roberts (Fr., distance, 2012 State XC champion), Joel Such (Fr., distance, 2012 All-State XC-8th)
Best wishes to all the athletes and coaches in the coming season as they represent Lyons!