NOTEBOOK: Fountain-Fort Carson defends its turf at Trojan track & field invite

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Photo - Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans senior Devante' Logan competes in the triple jump event at the Fountain-Fort Carson Trojan Invitational on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans senior Devante' Logan competes in the triple jump event at the Fountain-Fort Carson Trojan Invitational on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

FOUNTAIN - At this point it’s safe to say most everyone knows the Fountain-Fort Carson boys’ track & field team is stacked with some of the best talent in the state, so it’s no surprise when the Trojans continue to dominate - especially on their own turf.

But Saturday, in snow, rain and temperatures hovering in the low 40s, both the boys’ and girls’ Fountain-Fort Carson teams flexed their muscle, winning the team titles at their own invitational by more than 60 points each.

“This gives our girls a lot more confidence, they needed that boost, I think,” coach Ben Montoya said after the Fountain-Fort Carson Invite. “I’m happy with them and how they performed in the horrible weather today - as for the guys, well, they performed how they should have.”

The girls’ team won three of four relay races, with their most dominant performance in the 4x400, which the Trojans won by nearly nine seconds.

With 192 points, the boys’ team claimed the team title handily with 10 first-place finishes.

Jequan Hogan won the 110 hurdles and claimed gold in the triple jump on his final leap of the day. Hogan’s jump of 49 feet was 1-8.5 off his outdoor record this season, which leads the state, and 6.5 inches short of his national indoor record.

Heading into the final jump Hogan’s teammate DaVante’ Logan was safely in first place with his jump of 43-8. But Hogan, who struggled in prelims, leaped past him with ease on his last jump.

Jalen Lyon sprinted to a first-place finish in the 400 with a time of 49.52, and helped the F-FC 4x400 relay team to a dominating win in 3:27.22 as Lyon, the anchor, crossed the line nearly 100 meters in front of second-place Sierra.

Although the high jump and pole vault were discontinued due to safety concerns with the weather, Fountain-Fort Carson boys took first place in three of four field events, with Iosua Maika winning the shot put with a heave of 48-7, and Jawuan Tate claiming the discus with a throw of 141-2. Tate also placed seventh in the shot at 44-4 and earned the award for outstanding male field athlete during the meet.

“I think we have high expectations, not necessarily to win every meet, but to place as high as we possibly can,” Montoya said, “and the boys have kind of accepted that culture and tradition here and that helps a lot.”

Widefield brings home five golds

Shynesti Johnson and Cole Munoz were both double winners for the Gladiators as Widefield brought home a handful of hardware at the Fountain-Fort Carson Invitational.

Johnson won the girls’ 100- and 200-meter sprints in 12.72 and 26.14, respectively, while Munoz swept the boys’ distance races, winning the 1,600 in 4:37.91, and the 3,200 in 10:10.55, more than five minutes ahead of the field.

The boys’ 4x100 relay kicked out a first-place finish, beating Sierra and Fountain-Fort Carson at the line with a time of 45.48, less than a second off their season best.

Mesa Ridge girls’ sweep throws

Shaelynn Williams and Kelly Farnham were standouts for the Grizzlies in the field as both placed in the top seven in the shot put and discus. Williams claimed gold in the girls’ shot put with a heave of 36-1, and placed seventh in the discus, tossing the disc 92-7. Farnham won the discus with a throw of 118-10 - nearly 16-feet farther than the second-place finisher, Emily Arseneau of Woodland Park. Farnham also placed sixth in the shot with a throw of 32-2.25.  

Pine Creek finishes in the top-6 in both boys’ and girls, despite leaving early

It was a tough morning at the Fountain-Fort Carson invite. Temperatures were not ideal for a mid-April invitational, and the clouds and precipitation certainly didn’t help.

The Pine Creek track and field team decided they’d had enough after the morning session, and left after lunch. But luckily for the Eagles, they had placed well enough in the first six events to still earn respectable team finishes.

The Pine Creek girls’ team placed third with 52.5 points with two wins in the morning session. Kathryn Hibbard won the 1,600 in 5:42.50, and the Pine Creek 4x800 relay team finished first in 10:24.51, nearly 36 seconds in front of second-place Fountain-Fort Carson.

The boys’ 4x800 relay also took first, edging F-FC again by a second. The boys placed sixth with 40 points.

Palmer Ridge takes second, third

Although Fountain-Fort Carson easily claimed the team titles, the race for second and third place at the Trojan Invite was highly contested.

In the girls' team standings, Palmer Ridge placed second with 68 points thanks in part to Riley Colby's win in the 800. Colby crossed the line in 2:35.50, six seconds ahead of the field.

Tatum Hansen and Madeleine Gotkin placed third and fourth in the girls' 300 hurdles, respectively. Gotkin also placed second in the 100 hurdles in 17.12.

On the boys' side, the Bears placed third with 71 points. Maccee Reed won the boys' 100 with a time of 11.47, beating Widefield's Nathan Broadbent by 0.3 seconds. Zach Hester placed second in the shot with a throw of 48-4 and Nathan Kugler took silver in the long jump, leaping 21-5.