Basalt records fall at state meet
School records for Basalt High School came tumbling down at the CHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Lakewood on Friday.
The Longhorns broke the school record in the boys 4×100 relay at Jeffco Stadium. The Basalt relay squad was timed in 44.37 seconds to break the school record and qualify for today’s state finals with the seventh-best time in Class 3A.
The relay team included Brandon Henriquez, Cody Rewinkel, Willy Salamanca and Sean Ryan.
The Basalt High School boys 4×200 relay team also broke a BHS record at the state championships. The Longhorns ran 1:33.24 to break the school mark. The team, however, did not qualify for today’s relay finals in spite of smashing the school record.
The Basalt 4×200 relay team included Ryan, Salamanca, David Salguero and Alejandro Talavara.
The Longhorns did not post any points at the state championships, which started Thursday in suburban west Denver. But they will have an opportunity today in both the girls and boys divisions. Basalt qualified 15 athletes for the 2013 state meet.
The Classical Academy jumped out to a lead in both girls and boys team scoring in Class 3A.
The Classical Academy boys have 35 points entering today’s events. Colorado Springs Christian is second with 27. Sterling is third (22), tied with Trinidad.
Coal Ridge is the leading area school with 12 points in boys scoring. Cedaredge has 6 points.
Gunnison (2.5 points) and Grand Valley (2) also hit the scoreboard at the state meet.
The Coal Ridge boys won the state title in the 4×200 relay in a time of 1:29.16. Manitou Springs was second at 1:29.22. Eaton finished third (1:30.11).
For girls, Classical Academy has 59 points after two days of competition. Eaton is second (48.5 points).
Pagosa Springs is third with 34, followed by Estes Park (27.5) and Lamar (22).
The Cedaredge girls lead area schools with 18 points. Gunnison has 12.5, with Coal Ridge at 11 points.
The Basalt tracksters are coached by Ben Blaeser.
In other Friday results, Daniel Marsh, of Colorado Springs Christian, won the boys 800 in 1:58.48.
Lauren Hamilton, of Classical Academy, won the girls 800 (2:19.23).
In action Thursday, Brush’s Anthony Thomas won the boys 3,200-meter run in 9:46.85.
Garrett Coles, of Greeley University, finished second in 9:59.92.
Eva-lou Edwards, of Bayfield, won the girls 3,200-meter run in 11:03.43. The Class 3A state cross country champion won by more than 35 seconds over Megan Brunette, of Classical Academy.
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