By Renée Haip
Saturday, April 6, was a beautiful day for track and field at Longmont High School’s Everly-Montgomery Field. Nineteen schools (including South Dakota’s Rapid City Stevens High School) gathered to run, jump, and throw. Co-hosting with Longmont, Lyons was one of two 2A schools in attendance, with the bulk of competing schools falling into the 4A division. While many Lyons’ athletes were still out on spring break and a few others were out
with injuries, the Lions competed well nevertheless.
Scoring for the girls, Nola Basey gathered sixteen points with her second place finishes in the long and triple jumps with leaps of 15’9” and 35’8.75” respectively. Miriam Roberts scored another eight points with her outstanding 800M run, a new personal record (PR) of 2:22.77 for second place. In the 300-meter hurdles, Lauren Simms had a terrific race with yet another PR of 50.22 for seventh place.
In the relays, the 4x800M distance crew of Kelsey Miner, Miriam Roberts, Faith Myers, and Jenna Anderson ran 10:07.53 for second place. The 4x400M relay team of Roberts, Basey, Simms, and Miner ran 4:26.62 for eighth place. As a team, the Lady Lions tied Longmont for seventh place with 35 points.
Ryan Boucher was the top individual scorer for the boys with sixteen points. Boucher took the title and set a new meet record in the 400M with 49.62 and additionally he placed third in the 200M with 22.73. Matt Radich ran 15.33 in the 110M hurdles for second place, and 42.21 in the 300M hurdles for fourth. Back from an injury, Justin Boldt ran 41.37 for second place in the 300M hurdles and jumped 18’10” for sixth place in the long jump. Freshman Paul Roberts placed fourth in the 800M with a PR of 2:04.74, while sophomore Ryan Smith continued his breakout season by placing seventh in the high jump with 5’4”. In the pole vault, Trent Paulsen and Kelten Tschanz respectively placed seventh and eighth with vaults of 10’4”.
The 4x400 relay crew of Boldt, Poulsen, Roberts, and Boucher placed third with 3:35.23. As a team, the boys tied Niwot for fourth with 56 points.
In the 2A rankings where the top 18 earn a spot at the state competition, the following Lyons’ athletes currently hold top 10 spots at this early point in the season.
800M: Miriam Roberts, Jr. (3), Jenna Anderson, So. (4)
1600M: Miriam Roberts, Jr. (1); Kelsey Miner, Sr. (7); Sierra Tucker, Fr. (8)
3200M: Miriam Roberts, Jr. (2); Faith Myers, So. (6); Kelsey Miner, Sr. (7)
100M Hurdles: Sammy Bashor, Jr. (7)
300M Hurdles: Lauren Simms, So. (2)
High Jump: Nola Basey , Sr. (1)
Long Jump: Nola Basey, Sr. (4)
Triple Jump: Nola Basey, Sr. (1)
Pole Vault: Amber Boyington, Sr. (3); Austen Fankhouser, Sr. (8)
100M: Tullef Rudlong, So. (5)
400M: Ryan Boucher, Sr. (1)
800M: Paul Roberts, Fr. (2)
1600M: Paul Roberts, Fr. (1); Joel Such, Fr. (5); Marcel Such, Jr. (8)
3200M: Paul Roberts, Fr. (1); Joel Such, Fr. (2)
110M Hurdles: Matt Radich, Sr. (1); Zach Christiansen, So. (7)
300M Hurdles: Justin Boldt, Sr. (1); Matt Radich, Sr. (2)
Pole Vault: James Hinker, Sr. (2); Kelten Tschanz, Sr. (3); Trent Poulsen, Jr. (8)
On Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, the Lions travel to Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood for the Pomona Invitational.