LAKEWOOD — The Colorado High School Activities Association wrapped up its State Track and Field Meets on Saturday and three local athletes won an individual state championship.
Local champs included Rocky Ford’s Cody Danley, who won the Class 2A 3,200-meter run in 9:42.29, Crowley County’s Lane Walter, who won the Class 2A discus with a throw of 160-1, and Kim/Branson’s Zariah Mason, who won the Class 1A 100-meter dash in 12.70 seconds.
For Walter, it was his second straight 2A discus championship, and for Mason, it was the third time she took home the 1A 100 title.
La Junta High School scored only two points in the boys’ meet, which tied for 35th place.
Two Tigers competed in the shot put on Friday, but neither one of them scored. Kaden Ramirez finished in 15th place with a throw of 42-11 3/4, and Vicente Ramirez was 16th at 42-5.
The Lady Tigers scored no points. Their only competitor was Ilene Robledo, who competed in the discus on Friday. She placed 15th with a toss of 100-2.
Swink scored just one point in the girls’ competition. which tied the Lady Lions for 38th place.
The team of Brianna Denton, Makayla Taullie, Jasmin Gonzales and Skyler Jones was eighth in the 4x100-meter relay preliminaries in 52.19 seconds on Friday. That team advanced to the finals on Saturday, where it finished ninth in 53.15.
Both Denton and Jones competed in individual events, but neither scored. Denton was 12th in the long jump at 14-11 on Friday, and Jones was 17th in the triple jump at 30-9 on Saturday.
Rocky Ford High School’s boys’ team took sixth place in the team standings with 40 points.
In addition to his championship run, Danley also took second in the 1,600-meter run in 3:34.33 on Saturday.
Also scoring for the Meloneers were Chris Gonzales, who was fourth in the triple jump at 41-0 on Friday; Noel Lopez, who was eighth in the 3,200 in 10:23.02 on Friday; and David Trujillo, who was seventh in the 100 in 11.38 on Saturday.
Trujillo, Seth Havens, Gonzales, Cristian Gauna were third in the 4x400 preliminaries in 3:34.13 on Friday; however, they improved to sixth in the finals in 3:33.57 on Saturday.
Danley also placed 15th in the 800 in 2:06.16 on Friday.
Other Meloneers who competed were Nate Hancock, who was 10th in the discus at 126-6 on Saturday; and Nick Barela, who was 12th in the 300-meter hurdles preliminaries in 43.43 on Friday.
Clay Havens, Barela, Isaiah Hernandez and Seth Havens were 16th in the 4x100 preliminaries in 46.82 on Friday.
The Lady Meloneers tied for 38th place with one point. Abigail Snyder, was 16th in the 300 hurdles preliminaries in 50.47 on Friday.
Neither the Gizzlies nor the Lady Grizzlies scored in their respective meets.
Lexi Van Sickle, Samantha Graham, Jacquelin Alvey and Ryanna Pruett were scheduled to compete in the 4x200 on Friday, but did not record a time. Pruett was also 13th in the triple jump at 31-10 on Saturday.
The Crowley County High School boys’ team was 15th with 22 points.
Also competing for the Chargers was Tyler Schwartz, who placed 16th in the triple jump at 38-4 1/2 on Friday.
Walter, Schwartz, Brannon Harris and Nathaniel Aguilar were 12th in the 4x100 preliminaries in 46.38 on Friday.
The Lady Chargers were 16th with 16 1/2 points. Rylee Haynes was 4th in the long jump at 16-4 on Friday, and sixth in the 100 hurdles in 15.83 on Saturday.
McClave High School’s boys’ team was 17th with 20 points.
Leading the Cardinals was Darian Herrera, who was sixth in the 100 in 11.62, sixth in the 400 in 52.59, and seventh in the 200 in 23.78. All of those races occurred on Saturday.
McClave also had two relay teams place. Marcus Perales, Ramon Salas, Ian Beckett and Dawson Roesch were sixth in the 4x200 in 1:36.58 on Friday. Mavric Leighty, Beckett, Perales and Herrera were fifth in the 4x400 in 3:37.58 on Saturday.
Leighty also competed in the 800 on Friday, but he finished 10th in 2:07.52. Roesch, Perales, Leighty and Ramon Salas were 12th in the 4x800 in 9:36.75 also on Friday.
The Lady Cardinals tied for 14th place with 19 points.
Two of the girls’ relay teams placed as Jordan Parker, Katie Roesch, Gentry Martin and Shalea Watts were fifth in the 800 sprint medley in 2:00.07; and Becca Steerman, Martin, Roesch and Watts were fifth in the 4x800 in 10:51.98. Both events were on Friday. Watts was also seventh in the 400 in 1:05.48 on Saturday.
Watts also competed in the high jump on Friday where she was 10th at 4-7.
The Kim/Branson co-op team tied for 14th in the girls’ meet with 19 points.
Mason, Sidney Goode, Ashley Yergert and Tori Goode were second in the 4x100 in 52.88 on Saturday.
Mason was scheduled to compete in the 200 on Saturday, but did not record a time.
The Goodes, Yergert and A.J. Winford were ninth in the 800 sprint medley in 2:05.38 on Friday.
The Mustangs were 32nd in the boys’ meet with five points. Zion Mason was ninth in the 100 in 11.83 on Saturday. He was also in the high jump also on Saturday, but did not record a height.
This year’s state champions are as follows:
5A boys, Fountain-Fort Carson
5A girls, Cherokee Trail
4A boys, Silver Creek
4A girls, Valor Christian
3A boys, Bayfield
3A girls, The Classical Academy
2A boys, Resurrection Christian
2A girls, Highland
1A boys, Heritage Christian
1A girls, Shining Mountain Waldorf