Regionals for our track team was last week. This past weekend was the Colorado State Meet in Denver. Kids can qualify by ranking in the top 18 of all of the kids in the state in your classification (we are 4A on a 1-5A scale where 5A is the largest. School populations must be between 650ish-1500ish to be in 4A. We have about 720 kids at EVHS, thus making us one of the smallest schools in 4A.) I believe this is the 3rd year to have this system in place in CO. Previously, if kids placed top 3 in the regional meet, they qualified.
We are proud to send 21 kids to state in 17 events!
Here is how we panned out this weekend:
(For the record, it is a nine lane track, so nine get to make finals and they give medals to top nine!)
SR = school record holder (not necessarily these times)
Girls Spring Medley Relay - 6th, 1:49.48 (SR)
Girls 4x100 Relay - 18th, 51.52
Boys 4x100m Relay - 13th, 43.27
Girls 4x200 Relay - 9th, 1:47.35 (SR)
Girls 800m Run - 9th, 2:16.70
Boys 800m Run - 15th, 2:02.40
Boys 110H Hurdles - 10th (15.20, missed finals by .01sec) and 17th (15.86)
Boys 200m Dash - 15th, 22.83
Boys 400m Dash - 12th, 50.45
Girls 400m Dash - 8th, 58.11 (SR)
Girls 4x400m Relay - 7th, 4:03.16 (SR)
Boys 4x400m Relay - 10th, 3:25.64 (missed finals by .3sec)
Boys 4x800m Relay - 6th, 8:09.01 (SR)
Boys Pole Vault - 2nd, 14' (SR)
Girls Triple Jump - 5th, 35'5'' (SR)
Boys Shot Put - 15th, 44'.25''
Girls High Jump - 11th (5'1'') and 13th (4'11'')
Our little school has got some great traditions for athletics. Any time a team qualifies for state, the student body forms a human tunnel for the athletes to run through as they get on their bus to leave. It is awesome to see all of the kids dismissed in the middle of class to come celebrate our team! Then, we have fire trucks and police cars (formally we had helicopters too, but the government nixed that!) to "escort" our teams from Gypsum to Eagle, sirens blaring the whole time! It was awesome to be a part of! Also, we imprint on the back of the kids shirts "State Qualifier" so that it is well known to all!
Macklin in the mix!
Since it is a three day meet, I just went down to Denver each day with a different purpose. Thursday I went down with my principal and AD just to watch. Friday I drove the kids down to see my dad. And Saturday I went back with my AD to see a few important final events! All totally worth it but it was four hours of driving each day.
800m Races - These were darn fast this year!
Hardware from State!
That is what it looks like to take the silver in pole vault - 14ft!!!!