Skiers, Longhorns wrap up state track meet
The Aspen Times
That’s a wrap.
Track and field athletes from Aspen and Basalt high schools wrapped up the track season last weekend at the State Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood, a west Denver suburb.
On the final day of the three-day, multi-classification state championships, the Skiers and the Longhorns each placed an athlete on the podium.
Aspen sprinter Sunday Abarca, a freshman, turned heads in the Class 3A 200-meter dash. Abarca, who advanced to the finals through Thursday’s prelims, raced to a fourth-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s championship round.
Abarca was timed in 22.73 seconds — one of four Class 3A sprinters who went under 23 seconds at the state championships.
Classical Academy junior Nick Deray won the race in 22.28 seconds.
Manitou Springs senior Dustin Bohnert was second (22.44).
Third place went to Miguel Molas, of James Irwin High School in Walsenburg. Molas was timed in 22.48.
Aspen’s Abarca was next.
Xander Camp of Cedaredge finished fifth (23.02).
Chris Contreras of Coal Ridge, a senior, was sixth.
Abarca was the only freshman to reach the finals in Class 3A’s 200-meter dash.
Molas also won the 100-meter dash in 3A at state (10.98).
Contreras, the versatile sprinter from Coal Ridge, was fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Basalt senior hurdler Ivano Del Piccolo also climbed onto the podium at the state track meet.
After qualifying for the finals earlier, Del Piccolo finished sixth among the final field of nine hurdlers.
He was timed in 15.67.
Ryan Younggreen, a junior from Holy Family, won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.56 seconds.
Andy Bowles of Coal Ridge was second (14.82) with Coal Ridge teammate Trevor Kelly third (14.89).
Fourth place went to Trevor Lyons (15.37), a senior from Strasburg.
Alex Miller, a sophomore from Classical, was fifth (15.47).
Bowles also won the Class 3A high-jump title at state. He cleared 6-5 for the gold medal. He cleared 7-0 earlier this season.
In earlier results at the state championships, Basalt junior Zach Walsh set the pace for area competitors when he finished fourth in the Class 3A boys 3,200-meter run. Walsh finished the eight-lap race in 9:47.92.
Classical Academy senior Conner Wilburn won the race in 9:44.02. helping Classical to the team championship in boys and girls for Class 3A.
Second place went to Manitou Springs senior Marcus Rodholm (9:44.61).
Chris Baker, a senior from Frontier Academy, finished third (9:47.19), just ahead of Walsh.
In the girls 3,200-meter finals Thursday in Lakewood, Aspen’s Ryley Sutton finished 14th in 12:32.6.
Senior Eva-Lou Edwards of Bayfield, the two-time 3A state cross county champion, won the girls 3,200 in 11:06.15. She won by six seconds over Kelsi Lasota, a senior from Estes Park.
Makayla Santos, a senior from Frontier Academy, was third in 11:37.19.
Emily Womble of Moffat County, a sophomore, led the Western Slope League finishers. She was seventh (12:08.75).
In the girls 4×800 relay Thursday, the Aspen Skiers finished 13th in a time of 10:25.50.
Peak to Peak (Lafeyette) won the event in 9:36.74.
Salida finished second (9:41.94).
Moffat County finished sixth (9:58.38).
Aspen’s team featured Dara Schenck, Ryley Sutton, Tierney Sutton and McKenna Woodrow.
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