By Renée Haip
While our snowy spring has provided critical moisture, it has also disrupted numerous track meets across the state. With a lull in inclement weather, this past week kept coaches and athletes busy as the JV Championships were held on Thursday—April 25, the Middle School
Championships on Saturday—April 27, and the previously postponed RE-1J District Meet was rescheduled to Tuesday—April 30.
Both the JV Championships and RE-1J meets produced some nice performances and gave some of the underclassmen a chance to run, jump, and throw a few last times prior to the Lion’s march into the championship season. At the JV Championships, sophomore Anna Sundrud dominated the 800M to take the title with 2:42.16. Sophomore Lauren Simms nicely placed second in the 100M hurdles with 17.98 and seventh in the 400M with 68.36. Senior Brittany King vaulted 8’ for third place. The 4x200M crew of Anna Sundrud, freshmen Meagan Keen and Ashlyn Christiansen, and Lauren Simms placed fourth in 2:00.09, while the 4x100M crew of Brittany King, and freshmen trio Jessica Boxrud, Ashlyn Christiansen, and Mikayla Roth placed 6th in 57.74. Of sixteen schools, the girls placed eighth with 34 points.
Sophomore standout Ryan Smith was the high scorer for the boys with a meet title in the high jump of 5’7”, a fourth place finish in the 300M hurdles with 45.81, and an eighth place finish in the 110 hurdles with 19.85. Sophomore Brian Flynn ran 2:14.59 for third in the 800M and senior Zach Tucker ran 56.46 in the 400M for fifth. The 4x400M crew of Ryan Smith, seniors Jared Burton, Clint Hirschfeld, and Zach Tucker ran 3:51.19 for second, and the 4x200M crew of Clint Hirschfeld, Brian Flynn, Zach Tucker, and Jared Burton ran 1:43.34 for seventh. Of sixteen schools, the boys placed eighth with 36 points.
At the RE-1J district meet at Frederick High School, senior Nola Basey claimed both the long jump title with 16’6.75” and the high jump title with 5’3”. Fellow senior, Kelsey Miner ran a personal record (PR) of 12:37.25 to win the 3200M title. In the 800M, sophomore Jenna Anderson ran 2:28.05 for second and freshman Sierra Tucker ran a PR of 2:33.67 for fourth. In the 100M hurdles, junior Sammy Bashor placed second with 17.22 and Lauren Simms placed fourth with a PR of 17.59. Simms additionally placed fourth in the 300M hurdles with 49.86. Sophomore Faith Myers ran the 1600M in 6:05.37 for third. Junior Maddie Keen ran 28.75 in the 200M for eighth. Seniors Amber Boyington, Austen Fankhouser, and Brittany King respectively placed fourth, fifth, and sixth with 7’1” in the pole vault.
In the relays, the 4x400M crew of Jenna Anderson, Nola Basey, Anna Sundrud, and Sierra Tucker ran 4:17.61 for second place. The 4x200M crew of senior Dana Arling, Jessica Boxrud, Maddie Keen, and Anna Sundrud ran 1:54.41 for fourth. In the 800M sprint relay, Brittany King, Meagan Keen, Ashlyn Christianson, and senior Hazel Myers placed fifth in 2:09.48. Dana Arling, Jessica Boxrud, Amber Boyington, and Maddie Keen ran the 4x100M relay in 54.49 for fifth. As a team, the Lady Lions excellently placed second with 100.5 points.
For the boys, senior Matt Radich ran a PR of 14.90 in the 110 hurdles for the title and 41.83 in the 300M hurdles for fourth. In the 3200M, Sophomore Matt Dillon dominated the race with a PR of 10:46.57 for the title. In the 200M, Lyons claimed three of the top five places. Senior Ryan Boucher blazed to a second finish with 22.79 to break the previous school record set by Dalton Arnold in 2010. Sophomore Tullef Rudlong placed fourth with a PR of 23.03 and senior Justin Boldt placed fifth with a PR of 23.30. Rudlong also placed third in the 100M with 11.61, while Boldt jumped 20’6.25” for third in the long jump. Ryan Smith matched his PR of 5’8” in the high jump for fourth.
In the relays, Boldt, Boucher, Hirschfeld, and Radich ran 44.78 in the 4x100M for second place. The 4x400M crew of Hirschfeld, Tucker, Burton, and junior Marcel Such placed fifth with 3:47.92. As a team, the boys tied Skyline for sixth with seventy-one points.
At the Frank Stenson Middle School Championships, several Lyons’ athletes placed in the top-eight of their events. Maddie Maguire, eighth-grade, ran an outstanding 400M in 68.03 to take the meet title and break the meet record set by Zoie Jordan in 2009. Victor Armendariz, seventh-grade, placed third in the shot put with 34’5” and sixth in the discus with 96’10”. Tim Ford, eighth-grade, placed fourth in the long jump with 15’3.75”.
The Lions next compete at the prestigious Saint Vrain Invitational this Friday, May 3, at Longmont High School.