Spring weather in Colorado can often be a challenge for the local sports teams. The track team had planned their Lyons Invitational to fall on Saturday, April 1, the end of the spring break for the St. Vrain District, but with an impending storm looming all week, the
decision was made to move the meet to Thursday, March 30, and the decision paid off in spades with a beautiful day and a number of strong performances from the members of the team who were still in town.
Twenty-six teams and over 750 athletes descended on Lyons Thursday morning for the second rendition of the Lyons Invitational. Last year’s meet moved from Longmont High School for the first time due to a weather change, and that meet responded with some of the season-best performances the state produced last year, including Lyons’ own Paul Roberts’ running 9:18 for 3200 meters, Andrea Willis’ clearing 13’ 4.25” pole vault (a new state record at the time, though she would go on to finish the season at 13’ 9”) and Katie
Rainsberger’s 4:44.31 1600, the All-Time best for girls in the state of Colorado. This year’s meet didn’t have quite the same fireworks as last year, but there were still a number of state “season bests” produced, including the Vista Ridge boy’s 800 relay (1:28.87) and 1600 relay (3:21.15), Mary Gillet of Niwot running 57.16 in the girls’ 400, Jacob Dack of Lutheran heaving the shot put 52’ 11”, and Isaac Green of Monarch running a 4:16.37 in the boys’ 1600 meter run.
The young Lions also posted thirty-three season-best performances. The lady vaulters continued their assault on the top-18 rankings and recorded the top three places as Brenna Kuskie and her younger sister Logan both cleared 10’ 4”, and Katie Fankhouser went 7’ 4”. Ixchel Leeuwenburgh finished 5th in the discus with a spin of 106’ 6”, Liz Jonjak-Plahn improved her shot put to 30’ 5” for 8th, and Georgia Barone finished 9th in the 1600 in 5:40.04, good for 3rd place in the current 2A state rankings.
The boys’ team recorded points in three relays and the 3200, and had a number of season bests against some of the top 3A, 4A and 5A teams in the state. Freshman Issac Roberts placed 4th in the Invite 3200 and ran 10:06.62, currently the top 2A time in the state. The 3200 relay team of Adam Crowl, Field Soosloff, Ethan Burton, and Jordan Shackelford placed 6th with a time of 9:07.76, currently 4th in the 2A state rankings, the 400 relay team of Ethan Burton, Jackson Reeves, Jake Laurienti, and Nathan Radich placed 8th in 46.78, and the 1600 relay team of Ethan Burton, Isaac Roberts, Colton Jonjak-Plahn, and Jake Laurienti was 8th in 3:41.86 and good for 5th in the 2A state rankings.
The team competes next at the Bob Caviness Invitational in Aurora on Saturday, April 8, and looks forward to having a full contingent of athletes to fill the events and relays. Saturday, April 15, will be the 41st Annual Boulder County meet being hosted at Longmont High School, and an important mid-season measuring stick for the team in their pursuit of qualifying marks for the State Meet on May 18, 19, and 20.