By Renée Haip
Last Friday, May 10, the Lyons Track and Field team traveled east to Sterling where they participated in the Patriot League meet, their final competition before the state championships. One of only two 2A representatives in a field of larger, competitive 3A schools, the Lyons Lions had a good day with the young men of Lyons capturing the championship title for the fourth consecutive year, and the girls taking a respectable third place of the eleven teams.
From start to finish, the boys had numerous good performances. Individually, all-conference honors went to Ryan Boucher in both the 400M (1st) and 200M (1st), Paul Roberts
in the 1600M (2nd) and 3200M (2nd), Matt Radich in the 110M hurdles (2nd), and Justin Boldt in both the 300M hurdles (1st) and long jump (1st). Boldt’s jump of 21’3.5” was a personal record (PR). All-conference honors in relays went to the 4x200M crew of James Hinker, Justin Boldt, Ryan Boucher, and Matt Radich for their first place win, and to the 4x800 meter relay team of Zach Tucker, Marcel Such, Joel Such, and Jacob Anderson, who together ran a season best (SB) of 8:39.13 for second place to give Lyons an excellent boost to third from eleventh in the state’s overall 2A rankings.
In the 3200M, Paul Roberts helped pace Matt Dillon to a new PR of 10:35.79 in hopes of assuring Dillon a berth at the state meet. Though Dillon is currently ranked twentieth in 2A, two scratches in the 3200M will find him toeing the line at the state meet. A few senior boys had notable personal performances with Clint Hirschfeld running a PR of 56.77 in the 400M, and Levi Stone closing out his high school track career with PRs in both the 1600M (5:26.59) and 3200M (12:18.85). Also running a PR was sophomore Brian Flynn, who ran the 800M in 2:10.63 for fourth place. With a host of team members earning points, the boys easily outscored the competition with 126 accumulated points.
For the Lady Lions, Nola Basey swept the jump titles, earning All Conference honors in the high jump with 5’3”, the long jump with a SB of 17’0”, and the triple jump with a PR of 37’6.5”, which broke her previous school record and set a new all-time best mark for the 2A classification. The previous 2A record was set in 2012 by Meeker’s Kathryn Doll.
Other all-conference designations went to Amber Boyington for the pole vault (PR match of 8’6” for 2nd), Lauren Simms for the 300M hurdles (2nd), and Miriam Roberts in the 800m (2nd). Roberts PR of 2:18.98 broke the previous school record, which was set in 2008 by Lauren Barnard. In one season alone, Miriam Roberts has taken down the school records for the 800M, 1600M, and 3200M, which is a testament to her strength and versatility as a runner.
In the relays, All Conference honors were earned by the relay crews of Olivia Raspotnik, Anna Sundrud, Miriam Roberts, and Lauren Simms for the 4x400M (2nd), and Olivia Raspotnik, Faith Myers, Anna Sundrud, and Sierra Tucker for the 4x800M (2nd). The 800M Medley Relay crew of Jessica Boxrud, Dana Arling, Amber Boyington, and Miriam Roberts received All-Conference honorable mention for their SB of 1:55.10, which jumps them from seventeenth to sixth in the 2A rankings. Also of note is that senior Sage Sundrud closed out her high school track and field season with a PR of 1:01.86 in the 300M hurdles. With many contributing team points, the girls scored 102.5 points for third place.
Both the boys and girls teams will next be traveling to Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood for the three-day state meet beginning May 16, as two-time defending state champions.
Qualifying athletes (top-18 in 2A), their events, and 2A state rankings are:
• Boys: Justin Boldt (senior): 300m hurdles (1), long jump (1); Ryan Boucher (senior): 400m (1), 200m (1); James Hinker (senior): pole vault (tie-4th); Matt Radich (senior): 110m hurdles (1), 300m hurdles (4); Kelten Tschanz (senior): pole vault (tie-4th); Christopher Lennard (junior): 110 hurdles (14), 300m hurdles (18); Trent Poulsen (junior): pole vault (tie-15); Marcel Such (junior): 3200m (4), 1600m (4); Zach Christiansen (sophomore): 110 hurdles (10); Tullef Rudlong (sophomore): 100m (3), 200m (5); Paul Roberts (freshman): 3200m (1), 1600m (1), 800m (8); and Joel Such (freshman): 3200m (3), 1600m (6).
The Lyons boys are qualified in and ranked number one in the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays, and number three in the 4x800m relay.
• Girls: Nola Basey (senior): high jump (1), triple jump (1), long jump (1); Amber Boyington: (senior): pole vault (3); Austen Fankhouser (senior): pole vault (8); Brittany King (senior): pole vault (6); Kelsey Miner (senior): 1600m (11), 3200m (11); Olivia Raspotnik (senior): high jump (13); Samantha Bashor (junior): 100m hurdles (15); Miriam Roberts (junior): 1600m (2), 3200m (3), 800m (4); Jenna Anderson (sophomore): 800m (9); Faith Myers (sophomore): 3200M (13); Lauren Simms (sophomore): 300m hurdles (7); and Sierra Tucker (freshman): 1600m (10).
The Lady Lions are qualified in all the relays, ranking number one in the 4x800, four in the 4x400m, six in the 4x200 and 800 sprint medley, and nine in the 4x100.
Best wishes to all the athletes and coaches as they represent Lyons!