Bruins conclude track season with optimism
By Wayne Crick
Several questions were asked of Cedaredge track and Coach of the Year recipient, Kirby Henderson. The 2017 track season was most successful for the boys team who finished as the Class 2A state champions.
Even though the Bruins were highly successful throughout the season, there weren't that many new school and meet records set by Cedaredge athletes. The new standards which were established were from the boys team.
Three new school records were established with two of those new marks coming in relay races.
Cedaredge's 800 meter relay team (Isaac Swoffer, Drew Markley, Brendon Klaseen and Ty Grant) set a new mark with a time of 1:30.74 and the 3200 meter relay team (Jordan McMillan, Ryan Imhoff, Markley and Klaseen) blistered the oval with a time of 8:23.91 in the recent state track meet. The 3200 relay was a phenomenal race that Henderson notes if given a chance to see that race it "shows the kind of race you show your athletes to illustrate to them why you never give up in a race." Klaseen's final leg of that race was a spectacular example of true grit as he came from behind to enable the Bruins win the race for the first time in school history.
Klaseen's 800 meter run at state was the another first for Cedaredge High School as Klaseen broke his own record with a 1:58.99 to mark the first time in school history that an athlete went sub-2:00 in the 800 meters.
As for a meet record in the season ... it was the 4x200 relay at the Bruin Invite with the earlier mentioned time of 1:30.74.
Henderson was asked how rewarding the season had been. "The season was very rewarding because we were able to stay healthy for the most part and find success when it counted the most. Many younger boys and girls gained quality experience in pressure situations, including the state meet, which will make them stronger for the years to come. Yes, ... we defended the boys state title, but, more importantly, we became better athletes and competitors who showed great sportsmanship."
"The boys team will be very competitive next season. We lose quality seniors, which is infortunate. However, they helped prepare the younger athletes and gave them the drive to be even better. We didn't lose any girls to graduation, so I expect the girls team to continue to climb the ranks. They will be very good next season and will surprise themselves, and many teams around the state," noted Henderson.