Skiers gearing up for 3A Regional action
As the prep track season winds down with the 3A Regional meet this weekend in Grand Junction and the state meet on May 19-20 in Pueblo, the Aspen High School track team geared up for the stretch run by posting some top finishes at last weekend’s 3A Western Slope League meet.
Running on the same track they will be using this weekend, Lincoln Park in Grand Junction, the Skier boys won two events en route to 64 points and a fourth-place finish.
Jon Severy, the defending state champion at 1600 and 3200 meters, continued his strong spring by winning the 1600-meter run in Grand Junction in a time of 4:32.08. He also took fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:06.14. Severy’s teammate, Michael Otte, also struck gold, winning the 3200-meter run in 10:47.32.
Conor Flynn, another distance runner for Aspen, finished fifth at 3200 meters in a time of 11:27.86. Flynn also picked up a silver medal in the pole vault, clearing nine feet.
Matt Daniel was fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.55. Jeff Anderson was fifth at 400 meters in 53.58, and Thomas Braun took fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches.
The Skiers boys relay teams also fared well at the league meet with three fourth-place finishes. The 4×800 team of Severy, Otte, Sean Braisted and Weston Paas ran 9:04.02, and the 4×400 team of Daniel, Braun, Anderson and Richard Sackett recorded a time of 3:46.96. The 4×200 relay team, meanwhile, ran a 1:37.92 to set a new school record. The team consisted of Anderson, Daniel, Braun and Dusty Spence.
Daniel also led the Aspen boys in the 100-meter dash. Spence competed at 200 meters and the 300 hurdles. Sackett fared well in the 400, the triple jump and the long jump. Paas took part in the 800, long jump and triple jump. Braisted raced in the 1600. Anderson competed in the high jump, and Braun led the Skiers in the long jump.
Other competitors for Aspen included: Brandon Blair (100 meters, 200 meters), Seth Wilcox (400 meters, shot put, discus, triple jump), Alex Hagman (800 meters), Fritz Clauson (100 meters, shot put), Chris Gold (3200 meters) and Jonathon Feldman (shot put, discus).
Relay teams also led the way for the Aspen girls team, which amassed six points in Grand Junction. The 800 medley relay team of Melanie Gault, Katie Barabe, Rebecca Anderson and Liz Oakes finished sixth in 2:11.95 to post the top finish for the Skier girls.
The 4×200 team of Gault, Barabe, Anderson and Lydia Hanrahan finished in eighth place to score points for Aspen, and Anderson finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 28 feet, 3.5 inches to record the top individual finish among the Aspen girls.
Barabe and Hanrahan each also ran in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Oakes was the fastest Skier at 400 and 800 meters. Anderson threw the discus, and Gault competed in the shot put and discus events.
Other athletes taking part in the league meet for the Aspen girls team included: Shala Savaiano (100 meters, 200 meters), Katie Roach (400 meters), Stella Nordhagen (800 meters, 1600 meters) and Cecily Runge (800 meters, 3200 meters).
The Skiers will be back in action at Lincoln Park this weekend for the Western Slope Regional track meet. Following that, any Skiers who qualify will make the trek to Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo for the 3A State Track and Field Championships on May 19-20.
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