State track meet moved to Saturday and Sunday due to weather
Winter’s brief but powerful return to the state this week has led to a major schedule change for the Colorado State Track and Field Championships.
What was originally scheduled to be a three-day event running from Thursday through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced Thursday it had condensed the meet into two days, Saturday and Sunday.
The biggest change will be the absence of prelims, with the track events now going to two-heat, timed finals.
Aspen High School senior Sunday Abarca is attempting to defend his two previous titles in the Class 3A boys’ 400-meter dash, and maybe add two more in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, of which he is among the favorites to win.
Abarca, who also is competing in the boys’ 4×200-meter relay at 1:25 p.m. Saturday, will go for the 200-meter crown at 4:20 p.m. Saturday. His 100-meter final is now scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, while the 400 is scheduled for 2:18 p.m. Sunday. He set the 3A meet record in the 400 last spring with a time of 48.54 seconds.
Basalt High School junior Noah Williams also is competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, where he is seeded 15th and 17th, respectively.
Saturday’s schedule also includes the Basalt girls’ 800-meter medley team competing at 10 a.m. and its girls’ 4×800-meter relay team competing at 6:25 p.m. BHS junior Morgan Ash will compete in the 3A girls’ high jump finals at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday gets going with the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, which Ash also is competing in. The BHS girls’ 4×100-meter relay team competes at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, with BHS sophomore Megan Maley competing in the girls’ 400-meter dash at 2:10 p.m.
The final area athlete competing will be Basalt senior Miles Levy in the boys’ high jump at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Live timing and any additional schedule changes can be found at chsaanow.com.
The track at the Utah Olympic Park will be put to good use toward the tail end of 2022. The Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cups stop at the UOP from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4, and then the Luge World Cup from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17.
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