By Renée Haip
One of the largest meets of the season, the Broomfield Shootout was held on Saturday, March 30. Fraught with technical issues, the meet’s start was delayed more than an hour and was further interrupted throughout the
day by timing problems. Attendance by Lyons’ athletes was low at this meet due to spring break, and as the meet fell farther behind schedule, prior obligations necessitated that a few other athletes withdraw before all their events were finished.
Nevertheless, the day brought some highlights and none was bigger than Paul Roberts win in the 3200M elite run in 9:31.91. The pace went out fast, but Roberts dropped most of the competition early. Building a considerable gap on the chase pack, his victory seemed assured until a late surge by Liberty junior Clayson Shumway (the fastest boy from Colorado in cross-country last fall) caught the crowd by surprise. Roberts took this in-stride, however, and shut down Shumway with a blazing 65-second final lap to take the win by nearly five seconds. To put that mark in perspective, it is a new meet record and the best state all-classification 3200M time so far this season. Colorado Milesplit’s Alan Versaw conjectures “that the state all-time 1600 and 3200 marks could be in trouble before this young man finishes his high school career.”
Other top eight, scoring finishes for the boys were Ryan Boucher in the 400M with 51.12 for second and Matt Radich in the 110M hurdles with 15.64 for third. The 4x200M relay crew of Justin Boldt, Ryan Boucher, Matt Radich, and Tullef Rudlong finished in 1:32.21 for fourth place. The sole scorer for the girls was Amber Boyington in the pole vault with 8’ for a crazy 11-way tie for fifth.
The Lions next compete at the Longmont Invitational on Saturday, April 6, at Longmont High School.