By Renée Haip
The Lyons Lions track teams traveled to Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, to participate in their most competitive meet of the season thus far. Dominated by a majority of large 5A schools, Lyons was the sole 2A small school representative. Winds hampered several of the meet’s late afternoon events, which were predominately composed of preliminaries for event distances of 400 meters and less, as
well as finals for field events. Conditions eventually settled and several Lyons athletes exhibited stellar performances.
On day one, senior Nola Basey racked up twenty points for the girls by winning both the high jump with 5’3” and the triple jump with 36’8”. Despite missing out on her third field event, the long jump, due to a Saturday volleyball game, Basey was awarded the Girls’ Field Event Athlete of the Meet for her accomplishments. Fellow senior, Olivia Raspotnik added another four points with a nice 4’11” jump to tie for fifth place in the high jump. Junior Miriam Roberts continued her streak of personal records (PR) by placing fifth in the 3200M with a time of 11:31.43, breaking the previous school record set by older sister Melissa in 2008. Saturday was yet another good day for Roberts as she ran the 800M in a PR of 2:21.14 for second place behind Monarch’s Claire Green. Roberts’ individual contribution to the team score was a hefty thirteen points. In the very last event of the meet, senior Amber Boyington vaulted 8’6” for a sixth place tie and three and a half more points for the girls team score.
In the relays, the girls’ 4x400M crew of Raspotnik, Roberts, freshman Sierra Tucker, and sophomore Anna Sundrud placed seventh for three team points. Tallied all together, the Lady Lions’ forty-two and a half points earned them an excellent eighth place finish of the thirty-five schools in attendance.
For the boys, senior Ryan Boucher ran both the 400M and 200M on Friday and qualified for Saturday’s finals in his specialty 400M. While his 200M preliminary race fell short of a placement in the highly competitive finals, it served to launch him straight to the top of the 200M leader board in the 2A rankings. In his first 3200M of the year, junior Marcel Such toed the line next to younger brother, freshman Joel Such on Friday evening. The elder Such ran a PR of 10:03.84 for second place and eight team points. Joel Such finished eighth for two points with his own PR of 10:12.62 despite a fall on lap three, which temporarily reset him to the back of the pack.
On Saturday, freshman Paul Roberts competed in the 1600M and took the title with a PR of 4:31.34 for ten points. Boucher added another eight points with his second place finish in the 400M final in 49.67. All together, the boys’ twenty-eight points netted them an eleventh place team finish of the thirty-five schools.
While many 2A schools exclusively compete at small, less competitive meets, Coach Roberts is well known for taking advantage of Lyons’ proximity to an abundance of tough competition in order to challenge his athletes.
While placing and scoring might be tough at a high caliber meet, there are big payoffs for both individuals and the team as a whole once the state meet rolls around in May. Roberts follows this philosophy during the cross-country season, as well, and it is obviously part of Lyons’ winning formula in terms of not only team success, but the long-range development of each individual athlete.
The current 2A rankings notably display the success of distance coach, Jeff Boelé and his distance runners, where Lyons loads three athletes each in the top nine for both the girls and boys’ 1600 and 3200 meter distances.
Currently, Lyons three All-State cross-country boys consecutively sit at the very top of the 3200M board in 2A, which is a very unique position to hold. According to Coach Boelé, “this gives us a big goal to chase at state; to potentially finish 1-2-3 in the 3200M.”
With three meets left before the state meet, the 2A top eighteen rankings reveal a plethora of track and field talent in Lyons.
200M: Nola Basey, Sr. (11)
400M: Sierra Tucker, Fr. (15); Olivia Raspotnik, Jr. (18)
800M: Miriam Roberts, Jr. (3), Jenna Anderson, So. (4)
1600M: Miriam Roberts, Jr. (2); Kelsey Miner, Sr. (8); Sierra Tucker, Fr. (9)
3200M: Miriam Roberts, Jr. (2); Faith Myers, So. (6); Kelsey Miner, Sr. (8)
100M Hurdles: Sammy Bashor, Jr. (9)
300M Hurdles: Lauren Simms, So. (4)
High Jump: Nola Basey , Sr. (2); Olivia Raspotnik (4-way tie for 8th)
Long Jump: Nola Basey, Sr. (6)
Triple Jump: Nola Basey, Sr. (1)
Pole Vault: Amber Boyington, Sr. (tie for 2nd); Austen Fankhouser, Sr. (5-way tie for 5th)
Relays: 4x100M (10); 4x200M (6); 4x400M (4); 4x800M (2)
100M: Tullef Rudlong, So. (5)
200M: Ryan Boucher, Sr. (2)
400M: Ryan Boucher, Sr. (1)
800M: Paul Roberts, Fr. (2)
1600M: Paul Roberts, Fr. (1); Joel Such, Fr. (6); Marcel Such, Jr. (9)
3200M: Paul Roberts, Fr. (1); Marcel Such, Jr. (2); Joel Such, Fr. (3)
110M Hurdles: Matt Radich, Sr. (1); Zach Christiansen, So. (7)
300M Hurdles: Justin Boldt, Sr. (1); Matt Radich, Sr. (2)
High Jump: Ryan Smith, So. (10-way tie for 15th)
Long Jump: Justin Boldt, Sr. (7)
Pole Vault: James Hinker, Sr. (tied for 2nd); Kelten Tschanz, Sr. (tied for 2nd); Trent Poulsen, Jr. (8); Tullef Rudlong (13)
Relays: 4x100M (4); 4x200M (1); 4x400M (1); 4x800M (7)
Lyons Track and Field next competes at the Boulder County Championships on Saturday, April 20, at Longmont High School’s Everly-Montgomery Field.