By Renée Haip
It is no secret that Boulder County has a history of producing top-notch talent in the track and field world, and if there is a single event that acts as a showcase for the current wealth of talent at the local high school level, it would be the annual Boulder County Championships. This meet brings together the schools of the county’s two districts, St. Vrain and Boulder Valley School Districts, for a day of competition and celebration.
This year’s meet on Saturday, April 20, was an especially terrific day for senior Nola Basey. At the meet’s start, Basey was awarded the Monty Sutak scholarship for her high school track and field accomplishments. As the day progressed, Basey claimed each and every title in the jumps. Her winning jumps of 5’3” in the high jump, 36’1.75” in the triple jump, and 16’6.25” in the long jump
were good for thirty total team points for the girls. Her triple jump was the seventh longest leap in meet history. For the second year in a row, Basey’s performances earned her the girl’s Most Valuable Athlete award for scoring the most points at this meet.
After breaking the school record in the 3200M just one week earlier, junior Miriam Roberts came back this week to break the 1600M school record. Roberts’ fourth place time of 5:14.59 nipped older sister, Melissa’s 2011 record by a mere .38 seconds. Sophomore Lauren Simms’ continued her breakout season with new personal records (PR) in both the 100M and 300M hurdles. Simms 49.13 time in the 300M hurdles was good for sixth place. While Simms’ 100M time of 17.75 was two places shy of a scoring position, it did serve to launch her into the event’s top eighteen in the state’s 2A rankings. In the pole vault, senior Amber Boyington vaulted 8’3” for eighth place.
The girls’ relay teams added five additional points to the team score. The 4x400M crew of sophomore Jenna Anderson, Miriam Roberts, freshman Sierra Tucker, and senior Olivia Raspotinik finished sixth with 4:19.46. The 4x100M crew of sophomore Anna Sundrud, senior Amber Boyington, junior Maddie Keen, and senior Dana Arling finished eighth with 52.83, an excellent time, which moved them to third in 2A rankings. The 4x800 crew of Sundrud, Tucker, senior Kelsey Miner, and Raspotnik finished eighth with 10:34.23. The Lady Lions finished eighth of sixteen teams with forty-four total points.
Cumulatively, the senior boys impressively pulled together thirty-two individual points for the boys’ team. In the 400M, Ryan Boucher found competition in Fairview’s Zane Vanderberg, and while Boucher lost the title by a mere .08 seconds, his time of 49.31 for second place was the eighth fastest time in meet history. Boucher also placed in the 200M with a PR of 23.04, good for seventh place. Lyons’ hurdlers Matt Radich and Justin Boldt were in top form. Radich placed second in the 110M hurdles with a PR of 15.14 and seventh in the 300M hurdles with 42.78. Boldt placed third in the 300M hurdles with 40.52 and additionally placed seventh in the long jump with 19’9.75”. In the pole vault, James Hinker vaulted 11’0” for fifth place.
Freshman Paul Roberts contributed a hefty sixteen individual points to the team score. In the 1600M, Roberts battled Broomfield’s Ethan Gonzales, and while he was out kicked at the end, Roberts second place finish, a PR of 4:27.20, was the ninth fastest time in meet history. Freshman Joel Such and junior Marcel Such joined Roberts for the 3200M show down. The Lyons’ trio impressively snagged three of the top five places for a combined seventeen points. Roberts’ second place finish in 9:45.91 was the sixth fastest time in meet history; Joel Such ran a PR of 10:02.85 for fourth place; and Marcel Such took fifth with 10:05.67.
In the relays, the 4x200m crew of Hinker, Boucher, Radich, and Boldt ran 1:30.75 for second place, while the 4x400m crew of senior Zach Tucker, Boldt, Roberts, and Boucher ran 3:34.75 for fifth. With sixty-nine total points, the boys’ team finished fourth out of sixteen teams, a remarkable feat given school size.
While Lyons has long been considered a small school powerhouse in both cross-country and track and field, competing for team awards is still challenging given the “David and Goliath” nature of the team battles with much larger schools. In 1993, the Boulder County Championships created the Bob Charles Award, which adjusts team scoring to account for school enrollment numbers, and here the magnitude of Lyons’ accomplishments are quite visible. With adjusted scoring, the Lyons’ girls won this year’s award with 461.68 points to next place finisher Niwot with 204.6 points; the Lady Lions have earned the award for thirteen of the past fourteen years. The boys claimed the trophy for a thirteenth consecutive year with 653.43 points to next place finisher Erie’s 190.28 points. Congratulations to the all the athletes and their coaches!