Highs and lows at state | AspenTimes.com

Highs and lows at state

Before Friday, Basalt senior shot-putter Allison Brummet had never thrown farther than 34 feet. As the 13th-best thrower entering the 3A state meet in Pueblo, Brummet was hoping for a top-10 finish. Instead, she’ll have to settle for a bronze medal.On her first throw Friday morning, Brummet smashed her previous best by more than three inches with a throw of 37 feet, 3 1/2 inches. She then went on to surpass the 35-foot mark in five or her six throws, which earned her a spot on the podium in her final high school meet.The mark ties the best result by a Basalt track and field athlete at state in the past seven years, said Longhorns coach Ron Lund.”It was just an unbelievable set of throws,” Lund said. “She got that first throw and it was good, and she just loosened up and went from there. She’s very, very excited.”While Brummet celebrated Friday, a number of other local athletes had their hopes dashed. In her final two-mile race at state, Aspen senior Christy Severy finished a disappointing 14th with a time of 12 minutes, 21 seconds. Severy finished fifth in the two-mile as a freshman, and was seventh last year, but fell off Friday after a solid start. “She was a little bummed,” said Aspen coach Chris Keleher. “She was hoping to run better than she ran at regionals, but she was slower, and the competition was pretty deep.”Basalt’s Amy Lund fared better in the same final with a ninth-time of 12:14. Lund, who continued to pass up runners after a slow start, was only five seconds off her personal best time.Ron Lund said the humid weather in Pueblo led to slower times across the board.”The heat was definitely a factor, but she ran well,” he said. “She was 15th after the first mile, but she did a pretty good job of ticking people off.”In the boy’s two-mile final, Aspen junior Nate Marrs finished 17th, while Basalt sophomore Brennen Roper was 14th with a time of 10:50. The mark broke Roper’s previous personal best by two seconds.In the 800, Aspen junior Whit Fuller had his best time of the season in 2:02, but ended up tenth and failed to qualify for the finalAspen’s 4X400 team of Fuller, Jake O’Connor, Jackson Davis and Barton Tofany also ran a personal best of 3:36, but failed to make the final. The mark broke the previous school record by two seconds.”They ran in a really fast heat,” Keleher said. “Their time would have put them in second in a different heat, and they would have made the final, but it just didn’t work out.”Basalt’s Felipe Sanchez had the same thing happen. The senior didn’t finish higher than second in his qualifying heats for the 100 and 200, which left him 10th in both and out of the finals. His time of 11.42 seconds in the 100, however, was faster than one runner who made the final by finishing second in his qualifying heat. “It was a tough break,” Lund said. “The favorite in one of the finals pulled up, which allowed this kid to sneak in. Felipe and the kid who finished ninth both were faster than him, but they ran in faster heats, and didn’t make it in.”Sanchez ran a 23.55 in the 200, which was just a little slower than his previous best this season.”I think he knew he didn’t run as well as he did last week at regionals,” Lund said. “Things get magnified at state. It’s a different level out here. He doesn’t have a good start, and some of these guys he was facing were just so good out of the blocks. I thought he had a better chance in the 200, but he wasn’t able to catch anybody.”Basalt junior Duncan McDaniel had hoped for a top-8 finish in the 800, and to set a new school record, but finished a disappointing 15th in 2:04.7. McDaniel gets a chance to do better today when he runs in his other distance event, the 1,600.In the girl’s 100-meter dash, Aspen’s Taylor Allmon was fourth in her heat with a time of 13.25; she eventually ended up 18th overall. In the 400, Aspen’s Emily Gustafson finished in 67.7, which left her out of the final. The Skier who arguably had the most frustrating day was junior Sophie Ben-Hamoo, who tied for 20th in the high jump. Ben-Hamoo cleared 4 feet, 10 inches in at regionals, but was unable to clear 4-8 in three attempts Friday.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com

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