Preps: Maley third in 3200 on first day of state track; BHS baseball makes regionals

Basalt High School’s Katelyn Maley, far right, and teammate Ava Lane compete in a track meet earlier this season in Grand Junction.
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The state track and field championship meet got underway Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, with Basalt High School coming away with a couple of podium finishes.

The Day 1 showcase for BHS was the Class 3A girls 3,200-meter run with junior standout Katelyn Maley. The two-time defending state champion in cross country finished third with a time of 11 minutes, 14.65 seconds, while Coal Ridge’s Mikayla Cheney was sixth in 11:18.96. Liberty Common’s Isabel Allori won in 10:57.69, with Stargate’s Allison Pippert finishing second in 11:13.77.

Maley should contend in other races through the weekend, notably the mile (4:05 p.m. Saturday), where she is the defending state champion. She was also part of Basalt’s 4×200-meter relay team that finished fifth in Thursday’s prelims to qualify for finals. That squad, which also featured Jacey Read, Vanessa Bryant and Ava Lane, had a time of 1:46.79. Coal Ridge qualified second in 1:46.19 and North Fork was first in 1:45.62. The finals are Friday at 2 p.m.

Read, a sophomore, also qualified for finals in the girls 100-meter dash, finishing fourth in Thursday’s prelims in 12.86 seconds. Coal Ridge’s Peyton Garrison had the top qualifying time of 12.05 seconds. The finals are Saturday at 10:57 a.m.

Roaring Fork’s Kyra Reeds took part in the girls 100-meter hurdles prelims on Thursday, finishing 14th in 17.87 seconds. She did not qualify for finals.

The Basalt boys were led Thursday by senior Marlon Nelson, who snuck onto the podium by finishing ninth in the discus throw finals. His best toss reached 127 feet, 1 inch, coming on his second throw. Woodland Park’s Sam Johnson won with a throw of 137-02.

The schedule going forward into the weekend could be impacted by an incoming storm system that is expected to bring a lot of rain, and possibly snow, to the Denver area beginning Friday. CHSAA said it will make an announcement on the rest of the schedule by 6 a.m. Friday.

Basalt baseball the 21 seed in regional tournament

The Basalt High School baseball team is back in the postseason. It was announced earlier this week that the Longhorns (14-9 overall) will be the No. 21 seed in the 32-team Class 3A regional tournament and will play No. 12 Resurrection Christian (11-8) in the opening round.

That game will be hosted by No. 5 seed Brush (16-7), which will play No. 28 Salida (11-11) in the first round. The winners of the two games will meet in the regional final, the winner advancing to the state tournament.

Regional games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday across the state, although the incoming weather system is likely to impact the games.

Basalt was a surprise regional champion last spring when it also played as the No. 21 seed. The Longhorns upset No. 12 Alamosa to start before knocking off No. 5 Gunnison in the regional final. BHS went 0-2 at state, which was won by Eaton.

Aspen did not make the regional field this season, finishing 3-19 overall.