By Renée Haip
On Thursday, May 10, Lyons Track and Field traveled east to Eaton where they participated in the Patriot League meet, their final meet before the state championships. The sole 2A representative in a field of larger, competitive 3A schools, the Lyons Lions had a terrific day with many personal and season best performances.
In a field of twelve teams, the young men of Lyons captured the championship title for a third consecutive year. At the end of the day with only the 4x400 meter relay left, Eaton was leading the team competition by one point. Lyons was seeded second behind University High School, who was taking this 4x400 race so seriously that they had rested two of their key runners in hopes of breaking their school record and winning the race.
The Lyons’ crew of Justin Boldt, Matt Radich, River Crane, and Ryan Boucher had all competed in multiple events previously that day, but they each valiantly battled in this last race of the day. The outcome was not only a thrilling race for the appreciative spectators and a new meet record, but school records and all-conference honors for both the University and Lyons runners, plus the 4x400 win for Lyons with Boucher running a spectacular 48.5 closing leg to edge out University for the win!
Earlier in the day, the 4x200 meter relay crew of Forrest Donnell, Ryan Boucher, Matt Radich, and Justin Boldt took all-conference honors for their first place finish, which was also a new meet record. Other all-conference honors went to Justin Boldt for the 300 meter hurdles (1st), Ryan Boucher in the 400 meter dash (1st), Marcos Rodriguez for the discus (1st), Forrest Donnell for the long jump (2nd), and Matt Radich for the 110 meter hurdles (2nd). Honorable mentions went to Forrest Donnell in the 100 meter dash (3rd) and Justin Boldt for the long jump (3rd).
The Lady Lions also had a great day, respectably finishing fourth of the twelve teams. Nola Basey received all-conference honors for both her win in the high jump and second place finish in the triple jump. Her triple jump of 37’3” set a new school record, breaking the previous record of 36’.5” set by Cody Wilder in 1997. Other all-conference designations went to Victoria Arling for the pole vault (2nd), Michelle Hickey for the shot put (2nd), and Miriam Roberts for the 1600 meter (2nd).
Both the boys and girls teams will be traveling to Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood for the three-day state meet beginning May 17 to defend their 2011 state champion titles. Qualifying athletes, their events, and 2A state rankings are:
Forrest Donnell (senior): long jump (1), 100m (2), 200m (4)
Sean Flynn (senior): 1600m (15), 3200m (18)
Marcos Rodriguez (senior): shot put (7), discus (8)
Justin Boldt (junior): 300m hurdles (1), long jump (5), 110m hurdles (13)
Ryan Boucher (junior): 400m (1), 800m (10), 200m (14)
Sam Crowley (junior): 1600m (19)
James Hinker (junior): pole vault (11)
Matt Radich (junior): 110m hurdles (1)
Kelten Tschanz (junior): pole vault (15)
River Crane (sophomore): long jump (5)
Trent Poulsen (sophomore): pole vault (14)
Marcel Such (sophomore): 3200m (5), 1600m (7)
Tullef Rudlong (freshman): 100m (7), pole vault (10), 200m (16)
The Lyons boys have qualified in, and are ranked number one in the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays. Lyons also qualified in the 4x800m relay and is ranked number 18.
Victoria Arling (senior): pole vault (5)
Michelle Hickey (senior): shot put (4)
Nola Basey (junior): high jump (2), triple jump (2), 200m (5), long jump (7)
Amber Boyington: (junior): pole vault (8)
Austen Fankhouser (junior): pole vault (15)
Brittany King (junior): pole vault (10)
Kelsey Miner (junior): 3200m (9), 1600m (10)
Olivia Raspotnik (junior): 1600m (7), high jump (7)
Samantha Bashor (sophomore): 300m hurdles (9), 100m hurdles (11)
Miriam Roberts (sophomore): 1600m (3), 3200m (4), 800m (17)
Jenna Anderson (freshmen): 800m (22)
The Lady Lions are qualified in all the relays, ranking number 4 in the 4x100, 7 in the 4x200, 6 in the 4x400, 5 in the 4x800, and 15 in the 800 sprint medley.
Best wishes to all the athletes and coaches as they represent Lyons!