TRACK AND FIELD
Canon City Blossom Invitational
Coronado swept the team titles at the Canon City Blossom Invitational, beating a field of 14 teams.
The girls’ squad won in dominant fashion, beating second-place Widefield by 38 points, while the boys’ team edged Bayfield by 13 points.
Coronado and Widefield boys split the day’s four relay races. Coronado won the distance relays, the 4x800 and 4x400 in 8:04.90 and 3:30.90, respectively. Widefield placed second in the 4x400 with a time of 3:31.02.
The Gladiators claimed the 4x100 and 4x200 relays in 43.60 and 1:30.47, respectively. The Cougars followed in the 4x200 nearly a second later in 1:31.82.
Charles Broomfield of Coronado won the boys’ discus and shot put, throwing the disc 151-6, and heaving the shot put 51-5, two feet farther than second-place David Hawkins of Bayfield.
Lewis-Palmer’s Drake Edirmanasinghe earned a fourth-place finish in the shot with a throw of 44-5, and placed third in the discus throw with a throw of 129-5.
Canon City’s Brendan Young won the boys’ triple (45-0) and long jump (22-2). Young beat Isaiah Outler of Coronado by 2-6 in the long jump.
The Pueblo Twilight
Area teams polished up their performances before the championships at the Pueblo Twilight invitational.
Fountain-Fort Carson's Jalen Lyon won the boys' 200 in 21.46, while the Trojans' sprint relay teams placed well in the final invitational of the regular season.
The F-FC 4x100 relay placed second in 43.25, while the 4x200 took gold in 1:28.15 - more than three seconds ahead of the field. The Trojans' 4x800 also placed second in 8:13.10 behind Vista Ridge, which won in 8:12.66.
Jequan Hogan won the high jump and triple jump for the Trojans. He cleared 6-foot-9 in the high jump and leaped to 48-1 in the triple. Vista Ridge's Raymond Harper placed third in the high jump (6-7) and won the long jump with a leap of 23-1.
Jayden Omi of Manitou Springs beat Aidan Pena of Vista Ridge in the 400, crossing the line in 49.98, chased by Pena at 51.12.
Air Academy's Cal Banta won the 800 with a time of 1:57.50. In the distance races, Rampart's Sadio Fenner won the 1,600 in 4:21.06, and TCA's Ryan Moen won the 3,200 in 9:21.15 for a season-best time and finished six minutes ahead of second-place Connor McCabe of Rampart.
Vista Ridge's Zayden Davis nearly broke his season-best time in the 110 hurdles, placing first with a time of 15.74 (season best 15.67), followed by Lamontrez Samuels of Fountain-Fort Carson in 15.85. Davis also placed second in the 300 hurdles (41.11) in a photo finish behind Dyllan Murray from Pueblo West, who beat Davis by 0.01 second.
Air Academy's Josiah Molascon vaulted a foot higher than the competition on the way to a first-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 13-2.
On the girls' side, Olivia Whitaker of Air Academy won the 100 in 12.45, and claimed the 400 in 57.48. She was chased by teammate Jaelyn Wilson who crossed the line in 57.65. Chantae Steele of TCA placed third in 58.24.
Palmer Ridge freshman Isabella Prosceno earned a season-best time in the 1,600 with a second-place finish in 5:11.22. Tatum Miller of Air Academy won the other distance race, finishing the 3,200 with a time of 11:02.30.
Fountain-Fort Carson girls claimed four of five relay races, winning the 4x100 (49.59), 4x200 (1:45.75), 800 sprint medley (1:54.06), and the 4x800 (10.14.85). TCA disrupted the sweep by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:59.92.
GIRLS' TENNIS REGIONALS
Mesa Ridge 7, Denver North 6
At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge halted a Denver North comeback in the top of the seventh to halt a two-game losing skid for a narrow nonconference win.
Reece Bishop led the Grizzlies hitting 3 for 3, including two doubles, and batted in three runs. Bobby Bustillos and Daevion Kinnard also had two hits and knocked in a run for Mesa Ridge (8-9).
Kinnard also earned the win on the mound in a complete-game appearance and struck out four batters.
Fountain-Fort Carson 12, Palmer 9
At Palmer: Palmer scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, but ran out of time before completing the comeback in a 5A CSML loss to the Trojans (9-9, 6-6) in both teams’ regular-season finale.
Brody Stegman led the Trojans hitting 3 for 4 with five RBIs, while Jarren Sly had two hits and knocked in three runs.
Palmer’s Justin Briggs led the charge at the plate with three hits - two doubles and a home run - and knocked in five runs. Mason Collier and Xavier Burns also had three hits for the Terrors (4-15, 2-10), hitting in one run each. Cale Fields had two hits and an RBI.
Cody Spears had a spectacular day on the mound for the Trojans, striking out 10 batters through 5.2 innings. Tyler Orcutt fanned two batters in one inning of work.
Widefield 12, Mitchell 0
At Mitchell: Widefield scored all 12 runs in the top of the fifth inning to close out its 4A CSML slate.
The Gladiators (11-8) end the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Mitchell ends the year 7-12 and 2-6 in the CSML.
Peyton 4, Dayspring Christian 3, 9 innings
At Peyton: Peyton scored on a walk-off in the bottom of a ninth inning of a nonconference clash against Dayspring Christian to end the regular season on a 13-game winning streak.
It was the first extra-inning game Peyton competed in this season. The Panthers (17-1) enter the postseason ranked as the top 2A team in the state.
St. Mary’s 12, Salida 5
At Salida: St. Mary’s scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to break its tie with Salida on the way to a 3A Tri-Peaks West crossover win.
Pirates pitchers struck out 11 Salida batters. St. Mary’s ends the regular season 7-11 and 5-4 in league play.
The Classical Academy 22, Harrison 0
At TCA: TCA put up big numbers early in a 4A CSML win over Harrison, scoring 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Eight of the Titans' 10 batters knocked in runs, while nine had hits.
Matt Leland led the way knocking in four runs, followed by freshman Alex Moore, who hit 4 for 4 with three RBIs. Ethan Porter and Kobe Katayama also had three RBIs each.
Porter also earned the win for TCA (9-9, 6-2), fanning four batters through two innings of work. Porter, Ryan Howard and Pat Gunnels combined for a four-inning no-hitter.
Ellicott 16, Sierra 3
Air Academy 10, Pueblo South 0
At D-20 Stadium: Baylee Barnes registered her first hat trick of the season as Air Academy dominated Pueblo South in its regular-season finale.
Freshman Katherine Tansill and senior Hanna Chaja had two goals each for the Kadets, while Mary Parchinski had a goal and two assists and Liza Louthan had two helpers.
Barnes also had an assist.
Air Academy finishes the regular season 7-6-2.
Fountain Valley 5, Vanguard 3
At Vanguard: Eryn Mitchell and Lisa Heuberger scored two goals each for Fountain Valley (12-3) in a nonconference win over Vanguard (8-6-1).