Severy captures two Regional titles
GRAND JUNCTION – Jon Severy, running with the unified cheers of a bipartisan crowd, won two more Regional track titles last weekend.
Severy, the Class 3A defending state champion in the 1600 and the 3200, repeated as the Regional champion in both events at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium.
With a huge crowd on hand for the combined 2A, 3A and 4A Regional Track and Field Championships, Severy took the lead early and steadily pulled away to win Friday’s 3200-meter run in 9:29.89.
Competitors and fans from all of the 38 high schools on hand, turned their attention to the track to watch Severy’s victorious race. Many tuned in after learning of Severy’s all-time Colorado best in the 3200, run two weeks ago at the prestigious BYU Invitational. His time of 9:23.78 at Provo, Utah, is a provisional all-time Colorado schoolboy record in the 3200.
Severy nearly lapped the entire field on Friday as he ran the majority of the distance solo.
Aspen teammate Michael Otte finished second in 10:24.69, also earning a trip to the State Track and Field Championships, set for May 19-20 at Dutch Clark Stadium in Colorado Springs.
In the 3A Regional meet last weekend, the top four finishers in each event and each relay qualified for the state meet.
On Saturday, Severy again blitzed the field as he won the 1600 in 4:29.68. Gunnison’s Joe Wiginton was second in 4:46.92.
Drew Schiller of Basalt, staging a dramatic comeback on the final lap, finished third in the 1600 – and qualified for state.
Schiller also helped the Basalt boys 4×800 relay team qualify for the state meet. He teamed with C-pher Bair, Chris Keran and Jed Goodwin to finish third at the Regionals.
The Aspen 4×800 team also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish.
And the Skier’s 4×400 relay team also advanced to state with a fourth-place finish.
Aspen’s Matt Daniel also qualified as an individual, finishing fourth in the 200-meter dash. Daniel also was sixth in the 400, must missing a state berth.
Teammates Thomas Braun and Jeff Anderson were seventh and eighth in the 400.
Basalt’s individual state qualifiers included repeat-qualifier Michael Palmer.
The Longhorns senior jumped 41-1 1/4 to finish second in the 3A triple jump.
And he jumped 19-6 1/4 to finish second in the long jump, won by Meeker’s Billy Bibb. Chris Gamble of Eagle Valley won the 3A triple jump.
The Basalt girls 4×800 relay team also will advance to state after finishing fourth in Grand Junction. Kate LaMaster, March Thompson, Paige Collins and Lindsay Schiller teamed for the Longhorns.
In team scoring at the 3A Regionals, powerhouse Hotchkiss swept top honors.
The Bulldogs won the boys title with 164 points, to 121 for second-place Gunnison. Battle Mountain was third, with Rangely fourth, Aspen fifth and Basalt sixth.
In the girls scoring, Hotchkiss won the final event of the two-day championships (the 4×400 relay) to win the team title by six points, again over Gunnison.
Hotchkiss totaled 141 points to 135 for Gunnison. Eagle Valley was third with Rangely fourth and Battle Mountain fifth.
In the girls distance events, freshman Arwyn Becker of Battle Mountain doubled win wins in the 1600 and 3200.
Caroline Cretti of Roaring Fork was second in the 1600 and third in the 3200.
And Kelly Smith of Eagle Valley was second in the 3200 and third in the 1600 as the trio dominated both races.
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