Bruin boys back-to-back titlist
By Tamie Meck
Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:37 am
Photo by Tamie Meck Cedaredge's Brendon Klaseen edges Lyons' anchor to win the 3200m relay in a time of 8:23.91 for a new school record.
The Cedaredge boys won their second consecutive 2A team title with 97 points, a full 34 points ahead of runner-up Wiggins. Last year's seniors, including Shane Gates and Bryce Klaseen, set the tone for this year's team, said head coach Kirby Henderson. After placing second in 2015, they decided they wanted to go for the gold. This year's seniors carried that attitude forward.
The last time the Bruins won back-to-back titles was in 1963-1964, said Henderson. "And 53 years later, we go back to back."
The Bruins placed in the top three in seven events and won gold in two. The 4x200 relay team of Isaac Swoffer, Drew Markley, Brendon Klaseen and Ty Grant edged out Burlington to win in 1 minute, 31.42 seconds.
The 4x800 team of Jordan McMillan, Ryan Imhoff, Markley and Klaseen held on to second place behind Lyons throughout the race. Coming down the final stretch, Klaseen, the only senior on the relay team, passed the lead runner in the final 20 meters for the win. Their time of 8 minutes, 23.91 seconds broke their season record by almost a full 10 seconds and also set a new school record.
Cedaredge was seeded second heading into the race. It didn't win a race all season until the league meet. Its season-best time of 8:32.03 was second best in the state by two-tenths of a second. "We knew it was going to be a close race like that, but we didn't think it would be that fast," said Klaseen.
The 4x200 team of Markley, Swoffer, Grant and Wyatt Camp also won gold with a time of 1:31.42.
The 4x400 team of Markley, Grant, McMillan and Klaseen won silver with a time of 3:31.05.
Swoffer, one of five Bruins seniors, wrapped up a stellar four-year career with a state relay title and two top-three finishes and a fourth-place finish in individual events. Swoffer was seeded seventh and placed second in the 200-meter dash and placed third in the 100m. He also placed fourth in the long jump.
Grant, a junior, was right behind Swoffer, placing third in the 200m and fifth in the 100m.
Klaseen placed third in the 400m and fourth in the 800m with a time of 1:58.99, also breaking his own school record by more than a second.
In the 300m hurdles Markley placed fourth in 41.48, and classmate Danny Mendoza placed fifth. Mendoza also placed seventh in the 110m hurdles.
Every thrower that coach John Kuemmerlin brought to state got on the podium, said Henderson. Patrick Walker placed fourth in discus with a throw of 139-08, and Xander Camp finished seventh in the shot put with a mark of 43-1.75.
On the women's team, Katie Hyke was runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 8.75 inches, and Grace Andrews placed eighth. In discus, Andrews placed seventh and Hyke was ninth.
With no seniors, and a solid freshman class, the girls should be competitive in the coming years, said Henderson. The 4x800 team of Camie Baldozier, Kylee Hanson, Megan Huggett and Hannah Hatheway placed ninth. Sophomore Darrian Bulbulian and freshmen Summer Young, Reganne McIntire and Brie McGovern ran in the 4x200. McGovern also qualified in the 400m dash and sophomore Emily Tullis competed in the 100m and 300m hurdles.
"A potentially amazing group coming up, especially this next year," said Henderson. "We could see great things happening in the next couple, three years for Cedaredge."