Basalt’s Zach Walsh 3rd in state 1,600 meters
The Aspen Times
LAKEWOOD — Basalt High School senior Zach Walsh closed his illustrious prep career Saturday with yet another podium performance at the State Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
Walsh, who had opened the Class 3A state championships with a second-place medal in the 3,200-meter run Thursday, raced among the leaders again in the 1,600 on Saturday.
With a furious finishing sprint in front of the appreciative crowd, Walsh closed to finish third — his third medal in three races at the 2015 State Track and Field Championships. He nearly won a second consecutive silver.
Walsh’s final sprint pulled him alongside race runner-up Ben Butler of Skyview Academy, the winner of the Class 3A 3,200 earlier, right at the finish line.
Butler ended up second Saturday, timed in 4 minutes, 21.06 seconds to Walsh’s 4:21.30.
Dominic Carrese, a senior from Fountain Valley, won the Class 3A title in 4:18.68.
Mason Phillips of Platte Canyon (Bailey) finished fourth.
Walsh, who has signed to run track and cross country at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, sandwiched a seventh-place finish in the 800 into his busy state schedule over the weekend.
Carrese, the winner of the 1,600, also won the 800. He was timed in 1:53.82.
Jake Dunn of Colorado Springs Christian, a junior, finished second in 1:54.46.
Phillips, who was fourth in the 1,600, finished third in the 800 in 1:56.60.
Alamosa sophomore Oscar Martinez finished fourth in 1:57.91.
Walsh’s seventh-place time in 3A was 2:00.36.
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