Because of an adverse weather forecast, the decision was made to move the Friday “No Name Invitational” track meet to Wednesday, in conjunction with the Lyons High School JV track championship meet already scheduled for April 26. This allowed the young Lions to have their efforts count in the state rankings, and many of the local athletes made good on the opportunity
to post some of their best marks of the season. Every healthy member of the team was able to compete, and the forty-one season best for the girls and thirty-two season bests for the boys attest to the quality of their efforts.
The meet started off with the young 800 medley relay composed of first-year track member, junior Raven Moe, and three freshmen; Charlotte Rogers, Alexa Karsel and Hannah Patton. The team ran an outstanding time of 1:56.76 with Hannah Paton anchoring in a 62.5 second 400 meter split to move into 7th place in the state rankings, and 2nd place in the meet. Rogers took a spill while leading her heat in the 100 hurdles two races later, but she showed great courage in running her leg on the 400 relay and toeing the start line in the 300 hurdles a few hours later, to register a new season best of 51.38 for 4th place in the meet, and 14th in the 2A state rankings. Olivia Cope recorded a season best of 19.09 in the 100 meter hurdles just behind teammate Taylor Maguire in 18.9. Ixchel Leeuwenburgh led seven teammates with season best times in the 100 meter dash in 14.34. Emily VanLeeuwen ran 14.42, Laura Hickey ran 14.62, Ashley Sowders finished in 14.67, Olivia Cope, on short rest after her hurdle PR, ran 14.68, Bella Parker ran 14.77, and Monica Luttrell dipped under 15 for the first time this season with 14.81.
The 800 relay team of Raven Moe, Hannah Paton, Taylor Maguire and Hayley Karsel ran a new season best with a time of 1:53.01 and a 9th place in the state rankings. The 1600 meter run contributed five season bests with CeAnn Udovich notching the win in 5:31.57, and teammate Georgia Barone recording a runner-up finish in 5:35.47. These times are good for 4th and 8th respectively in the state rankings. Sarah Roberts ran 6:24.2, Jewel Thomas ran 7:07.13, and Catherine Darrow continued to drop her time with a 7:49.63.
The 400 meter dash followed the 400 relay with more season bests. Hannah Paton ran to 7th place overall in 1:03.91, fellow freshman Maddison Frohling finished in 1:07.87, and Alora Cross (also a freshman) ran 1:09.49. Kailee Bernardoni, running her first 400 of the season, finished in 1:17.64. Olivia Cope added another personal record with her 58.77 in the 300 hurdles. The 800 meter run saw seven season best times led by CeAnn Udovich in 2:29.42. Katie Fankhouser out-leaned teammate Georgia Barone, 2:37.12 to 2:37.56, Alora Cross ran 2:48.01, Hope Kincaid broke three minutes with her 2:57.17, Grayson Thomas finished in 3:31.78, and Catherine Darrow ran 3:49.91. Alexa Karsel ran her best 200 meter dash of the season to finish 2nd overall in 27.54, Hannah Paton finished up her busy day with a 10th place overall in a time of 28.49, and Bianca Mesagno ran 31.83. Bianca had an excellent day in the jumps with her 8th place leap of 14’ 6.75” in the long jump, and her 4th place 31’ 5.5” in the triple jump. Taylor Maguire was 5th in triple jump with 31’ 2.5”, and Sophie Powell had a season best of 28’. Brenna Kuskie led the strong group of young pole vaulters with her a season best of 10’ 10” to finish 2nd overall and secure her 1st place position in the state rankings, younger sister Logan was 4th with 9’ 10” (and is currently 2nd in the state rankings with her 10’ 4” vault earlier in the season). Raven Moe had a strong day in the throws with two personal bests; 26’ in the shot put (11th) and 86’ 6” in the discus (8th). Kylen Christiansen also had a great series in the discus and finished 7th with a new person best of 91’10”. Ixchel Leeuwenburgh finished 4th in the discus (94’ 6”), and 7th in the shot put (28’ 11”), and Liz Jonjak-Plahn was 3rd overall in the shot put with 30’ 5.5”. Monica Luttrell (13’ 1”), Hana Fankhouser (13’ 1”) and Sophie Powell (12’ 4.5”) recorded personal bests in the long jump, and the 1600 relay team of Katie Fankhouser, Alexa Karsel, CeAnn Udovich, and Laura Hickey finished 3rd (4:28.59).
On the boys’ side, the young 3200 relay team of Landon Milbrath, Adam Crowl, Jaiden Batts, and Field Soosloff finished 4th in 9:07.75. In the 100 meter dash, Nate Christy took a break from his 110 hurdle race to finish 12th in 12.16, Luka Leonards ran 12.5, Cobey Faubus was timed in 12.54, Tristan Chavez ran a season best of 12.57, Trenton Burton ran a SB of 13.17, and throwers Kyle Frohling (13.03) and Colton Hanratty (13.23) took a break from the ring to drop their best times of the year. The 800 relay team of Jackson Reeves, Jake Laurienti, Cobey Faubus, and Ethan Burton ran 1:37.59 to move into 17th place in the state rankings and the 400 meter relay team of Jackson Reeves, Jake Laurienti, Tristan Chavez, and Nate Christy ran 45.9 to move up to 5th place in the state rankings. The 1600 relay team of Colton Jonjak-Plahn, Ethan Burton, Isaac Roberts and Field Soosloff ran 3:38.93, and improved to 7th place in the 2A rankings. In the sprints, additional season bests were recorded by Nate Christy in the 200 (25.04), Luka Leonards (25.73), and by three of the 400 hundred runners; freshman Aiden Pangilinan broke 60 seconds with his 59.32, Nathan Schneider ran 1:01.24, and Greg Kissam ran 1:13.11. The 110 hurdles saw season bests by freshmen Isaac King (21.27) and Nate Kissam (23.95), and Zavery Boyd PR’d in the 300 hurdles (57.4) along with Nate Kissam’s 1:00.23. Nathan Radich placed 8th overall in the 300’s in 44.65 and was 13th in the 110’s in 18.37.
In the 800 meter run, Field Soosloff had an excellent race and finished 4th in a new personal best of 2:03.22 (and 8th in the 2A rankings). Season bests for Isaac Roberts who finished 8th in 2:07.67, Jordan Shackelford in 2:23.96 and Nathan Schneider who ran 2:40.24. Jaiden Batts (2:16.43) and Graeme Heitke (2:48) had good efforts as well. Graeme also PRd in the 1600 earlier in the meet with his 6:22.31. The 1600 meter run provided PRs for Isaac Roberts and Colton Jonjak-Plahn, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively with 4:36.87 and 4:41.08. Simon Stone improved to 11:04.34 in the 3200 meter run and finished 6th overall, and Nick Boggess was 12th in 11:22. In the field events, Cobey Faubus improved his long jump to 17’ 4”, Aaron Vasquez improved both his shot put (34-0) and discus (81-7), as did freshman Karson Bean (28-7 SB and 80-6 discus), Gavin Worland set a new put mark of 24-8, and Zavery Boyd triple-jumped 31’ 4.5”.
The Lions now look to the championship part of the season with the Mile High League Meet on the afternoon of Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at Longmont High School in conjunction with the Northern and Tri-Valley League Meets. Following League, the Lions will be co-hosting the mighty St. Vrain Invitational on Friday, May 12, from noon to 10 p.m., with elite athletes in the 100, 200, 400, Mile and Pole Vault, and the potential to see a $17,000 payout if anyone can run a sub-4 minute mile. This will be in addition to fifty of the top high school teams in the state across all the classifications.