Scouting state track & field: Fountain-Fort Carson, The Classical Academy look to repeat team titles

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Photo - Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

CLASS 5A

BOYS

The Pikes Peak region again holds a dominant place in Class 5A boys’ track & field with 10 No. 1 seeds, including three relay teams.

Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jalen Lyon earned two No. 1 seeds, claiming a top time in the 400 (47.55 seconds), and the 200 (21.28). Last year Lyon took second in the 400 (47.80) and fourth in the 200 (21.85).

His teammate Jequan Hogan also earned two top seeds in the high jump (6 feet, 10 inches) and the triple jump (50-8.5). He’s ranked eighth in the long jump (21-11.5) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (14.27). Hogan is reigning state champ in the triple jump and high jump, and holds the indoor national record in the triple jump (49-6.5). His season-best mark of 50-8.5 is 1.25 farther than his state-winning jump last year, and 3.75 shorter than the state record of 51-0.25 set in 1973 by Harrison’s Victor White.

Ranked above Hogan in the 110 hurdles is Liberty’s Andrew Doctor, who is seeded third with a 14.13. He is also No. 15 in the 300 hurdles.

Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jason Farrell earned the top seed in the 300 hurdles with a 37.84, and is ranked ninth in the 400 (49.45). His teammate Deondre Ritter is the No. 1 100 sprinter, beating Regis Jesuit’s Zion Gordon by .03 seconds for the top spot.

Trojan boys also earned top seeds in three relay races, with the 4x400 team claiming the No. 1 seed by nearly four seconds. The 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams also earned top seeds, while the F-FC 4x800 team is ranked fifth.

Coronado’s Charles Broomfield looks to dominate the throws this weekend, earning the No. 1 seed in the discus with a season-best heave of 169-8, five feet farther than No. 2-seeded Austin Holt of ThunderRidge. Broomfield is ranked second in the shot put with a throw of 52-9.

GIRLS

Liberty’s Katelyn McMoore is the Pikes Peak region's lone top seed in 5A girls claiming the state season best in the high jump, clearing 5-6.25. Riley Masten of Rock Canyon is close behind, though, with a top jump of 5-6. McMoore placed 13th at last year’s state meet, clearing 5-0.
Fountain-Fort Carson’s Kiana Jackson earned a No. 2 seed in the long jump with a season-best 18-10. She is also ranked fourth in the triple jump with a 38-2, and 15th in the 100 hurdles with a qualifying time of 15.67. Jackson placed third in the triple jump last year. McMoore is also seeded in the 100 hurdles at 11th with a 15:40.

The Coronado girls’ 4x800 relay and Liberty’s 4x200 earned the top local seeds of any relay team, both coming in eighth, respectively. The Lancers’ 4x200 relay placed second in last year’s meet with a 1:41.97, and graduated just one leg. Coronado qualified for the 4x800 with a 9:45.70, while Liberty’s 4x200 team came in with a time of 1:43.46.

CLASS 4A

BOYS

With 27 area rankings in the top 10 and nine No. 1 seeds in Class 4A, area male athletes will have a good chance to bring home a ton of hardware this weekend.

Harrison’s Tyrese VanHorne earned top marks in the 200 and 400, with qualifying times of 21.56 and 47.06, respectively. VanHorne is also seeded third in the 100 with a 10.79 - tied with No. 2 seed Thomas Pannunzio of Pueblo South. Last year VanHorne placed second in the 400 (47.95) as a freshman.

Harrison also earned a top seed in the 4x400 relay in 3:22.39, followed closely by Cheyenne Mountain at No. 2 (3:22.64).

Pine Creek holds top times in the 4x200 (1:28.52) and 4x800 (8:00.25) relays. Harrison is seeded second in the 4x200 (1:29.71) and Cheyenne Mountain is ranked No. 2 in the 4x800 (8:05.25).

The boys’ triple jump is stacked with local talent as the top four seeds hail from the Pikes Peak region. Micah Hilts of Vista Ridge claimed the No. 1 seed with a jump of 46-4.75, followed by Canon City’s Brendan Young (45-9), Maccee Reed of Palmer Ridge in third (45-6) and Raymond Harper of Vista Ridge seeded fourth (45-4).

Harper earned a No. 1 seed in both the long jump and high jump. His leap of 6-10 in the high jump is a state season best through all classifications, while his long jump of 23-1 earned him top marks. Young is ranked fourth in the long jump with a 22-6, and Reed settles in seventh at 22-1. Harper placed second in the long jump and fourth in the high jump at last year’s state championship.

Pine Creek’s Wyatt Wieland qualified for one event, but he made it count, claiming the No. 1 seed in the 300 hurdles with a 38.02. He placed fifth last year with a time of 39.94. His teammate Rece Rowan is ranked second in the discus with a heave of 172-2, and 13th in the shot put with a throw of 48-3.

GIRLS

Like 4A boys, area girls are slated for success at this weekend’s state championship meet, with 34 area rankings in the top five and four more claiming No. 1 seeds.

Discovery Canyon’s Lauren Gale and Liberty Ricca are likely to make waves this weekend as each earned a No. 1 seed and are ranked in the top 10 in other events.

Gale is the No. 1 overall in the 400 with a time of 54.77, and is ranked third in the 200 (24.95). Last year Gale placed second in the 400. Ricca is the top seed in the 3,200 with a 10:49.45, more than 10 seconds faster than No. 2 seed Lizzy Harding of Battle Mountain. Ricca is ranked eighth in the 1,600 in 5:07.69. Air Academy’s Tatum Miller is the top local qualifier in the 1,600 with a 5:03.29, and is ranked third in the 3,200 in 11:02.3.

Harrison’s Ereana McCallister is the top local qualifier in the 100, ranked second in 12.37, followed by Olivia Whitaker of Air Academy in third in 12.41. Whitaker won the state title in the 100 last year with a 12.24. Shynesti Johnson of Widefield rounds out the top five in the 100 with a time of 12.46.

Widefield’s Aaliyah Ricketts is a top contender for gold in the triple jump, earning the top seed with a jump of 36-10, nearly 10 inches farther than second-ranked Dayana Brown of Thomas Jefferson. Ricketts is ranked fourth in the long jump (17-6.5). Last year, Ricketts placed third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.

Jahzara Davis of Sand Creek is the top area athlete in the long jump at No. 2 with an 18-1. Caroline Giusti of Palmer Ridge follows at No. 3 (17-7).  

Last year’s 4A shot put champion Shaelynn Williams of Mesa Ridge is seeded second in the girls’ shot with a season-best heave of 39-4. Her state title-winning throw of 40-10 would beat the current No. 1 seed Logan Derock of Roosevelt by two inches.

Hannah Perry of Falcon is the area’s top seeded thrower in the discus with a 130-4, just three feet behind the top seed, Keli Drye of Montrose. Williams is seeded 16th in the discus (114).

CLASS 3A

BOYS

The Classical Academy boys will have a good run at another 3A state title, while the rest of local 3A competitors will look for a good weekend at Jefferson County Stadium.

The area racked up 15 top five seeds and three No. 1 times, highlighted by nine top-five seeds from TCA.

Ryan Moen and Mason Norman of TCA claimed the top two seeds in the 3,200. Moen came in with a qualifying time of 9:21.15, while Norman qualified at 9:33.50. The two also rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1,600.

Norman, a sophomore, is following in his brother Tanner’s footsteps, who placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200 in last year’s state championships. Moen placed 11th in last year’s 1,600 (4:34.02) and 14th in the 3,200 (10:09.44), and Mason placed fifth in the 3,200 (9:45.56).

Their teammate Eli Grant is ranked second in the 300 hurdles (39.42), fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.29) and third in the long jump (21-7.5). Grant placed third in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 110 hurdles at last year’s state championships.

TCA also earned a top rank in the 4x100 (43.22), and third in the 4x800 (8:07.81). Sierra is the top area qualifier in the 4x200 in fourth with a 1:30.96, followed by the Titans in 1:31.84 in fifth.

Woodland Park’s Skye Ciccarelli is the top-seeded high jumper in the state, clearing 6-7. Chase Graves of Woodland Park is the area’s only pole vault qualifier, ranked seventh with a vault of 12-1.

Manitou Springs’ Jayden Omi is ranked in the 100 (11.16), 200 (22.68) and the 400 (49.89). Last year Omi placed sixth in the 200 with a 22.46.

GIRLS

Highlighted by two relay teams with top seeds, area 3A girls will enter this weekend with 15 top five seeds.

Sierra’s Alexandria Burns is the lone individual No. 1 seed, taking the top spot in the triple jump with a leap of 37-1. She is also ranked 17th in the long jump at 16-1.25.

The Classical Academy took the No. 1 seeds in the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams to round out 3A’s top seeds on the girls’ side.

But despite not ranked among the top of their peers, a number of local athletes still have a chance at state gold with favorable seeds.

Sierra’s Briyana Bunson is ranked second in the 100 with a qualifying time of 12.43, followed closely by Claudia Valenzuela of TCA at 12.55. Valenzuela is also ranked 10th in the 200 (26.08), followed by Esther Eyberg of TCA (26.22). Eyberg is seeded 12th in the 100 (12.85).

The Titans have a chance to place two on the podium in the girls’ pole vault, with Erika and Kristina Willis ranking second and third, respectively. Erika is five inches behind the No. 1 seed Hayley Rayburn of Platte Canyon with a vault of 12-4. Kristina’s qualifying vault of 11-4 puts her in the No. 3 position.

TCA’s Katie Flaherty is ranked fourth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600 with qualifying times of 11:33.38 and 5:15.94, respectively. Rachel Ingram is ranked seventh in the 3,200 with an 11:52.7.

Chante Steele also earned a pair of top-10 seeds for the Titans, coming in at No. 3 in the 400 (58.24) and No. 6 in the 800 (2:18.17). Teammate McKenzie Elliott ranks just ahead of Steele in the 800 in fifth at 2:18. Elliott is also ranked 10th in the 1,600 (5:20.3).

CLASS 2A

Ellicott’s Chiante Stewart will battle for a top finish in a handful of events as he has earned four of the 14 top-10 seeds from area athletes.

Stewart is ranked second in the long jump (20-11), third in the triple jump (42-10.5) and sixth in the high jump (6-2). He’s also ranked seventh in the 200 with a 23.26.

Calhan’s Mikey Mikita earned the area’s only No. 1 seed in Class 2A, topping the pole vault, qualifying with a 13-10.

Ellicott’s Jacob Tu’ufuli is seeded fourth in the shot put and discus, throwing the shot 46-7, and hurling the disc 139.

Peyton’s Mitch Swartz claimed a No. 6 seed in the 100 (11.50) and is ranked ninth in the 200 (23.37).

Three top-seeded relay teams highlight the 2A girls’ rankings as Peyton claimed top marks in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays, while St. Mary’s is the top seed in the 4x800.

The Panthers qualified for the 4x200 with a 1:49.16, nearly a second ahead of No. 2 Hoehne. Peyton's 4x400 qualified in 4:07.83 - a full six seconds ahead of the field. The Pirates are atop the 4x800 with a qualifying time of 10:14.69.

Calhan’s Brittany Fuchs earned top-two seeds in two sprints as the senior looks for her first state title since her freshman year.  

Fuchs, the 2015 champion in the 200, is ranked second in the 100 and 200, with qualifying times of 12.42 and 25.58, respectively. She won the 200 as a freshman in 24.7.

Peyton’s Kaylee Kearse is ranked third in the 400 (58.79) and fourth in the 800 (2:23.19), while St. Mary’s Hannah McReavy earned top seeds in the distance races. McReavy is ranked third in the 3,200 with an 11:53.80, and is seventh in the 1,600 (5:33.75), while teammate Ana Muehlbauer is ranked sixth in the 1,600 with a 5:30.53.

CLASS 1A

Evangelical Christian’s Joseph Wilcox claimed a pair of top-five seeds to highlight local 1A athletes, earning a No. 2 seed in the 400 (51.19) and is seeded fourth in the 200 (23.41). The Eagles are also seeded second in the 4x100 relay.

Pikes Peak Christian’s Tommy Harmon is the favorite to win the 1A boys’ pole vault title, clearing 13-0, more than a foot ahead of No. 2 seed Tate Goble of Otis.

On the girls’ side, Kyler Sweat of Pikes Peak Christian is the No. 3 seed in the pole vault, clearing 8-4, and qualified for the 100 hurdles (eighth, 17.99) and the 300 hurdles (seventh, 51.45).