The Hotchkiss girls track team earned 47 points to place sixth at last week's state 3A track meet. Sophomores Natalie Anderson and Jenni Celis combined in individual events for 31 of those points.
After anchoring the 2011 Lady Bulldog medley relay team to a gold in 2011, Celis claimed her first individual state title in the 800-meter run.
Celis was in the lead throughout all but a few steps of the race. After crossing the half-way mark with a time of 2:07, senior Regan Mullen of The Classical Academy pulled up alongside with Celis, then stayed with her until the final 200 meters. Mullen tried to pass Celis going into the curve, but Celis never broke stride, outpacing Mullen down the stretch for the win.
On Saturday, and in less than ideal weather, Celis placed second in the 400, just 26/100th of a second behind Allison Kropkowski of TCA.
Natalie Anderson knew she also faced some tough competition from TCA in the distance races. After winning the event at the 3A league meet a week earlier, Anderson named TCA seniors Shelby Stableford and Regan Mullen as her top competitors. She kept pace with the two throughout the first five laps, but Stableford and Mullen pulled ahead to place one and two, with Anderson finishing third.
In the 1600, Anderson placed fourth with a time of 5:12.11.
Anderson holds the HHS record in both the 1600 and 3200, and Celis holds the record in the 800.
The 1600-meter relay team of Jessie Mautz, Celis, Tiffany Clock and Arial Duncan placed fourth in preliminaries, but upset Trinidad and Coal Ridge in the finals to place second. The 3200 team of Anderson, Kelli Buhrdorf, Tiffany Clock and Celis ran a time of 10:03.77 to place sixth, and the 800 sprint medley team of Jessie Mautz, Savannah Rocha, Buhrdorf and Aleksus Wilson also placed sixth.
In field events, sophomore Kylie Hodges placed 10th in the discus, and senior teammate Lindsey Todd made her first state appearance, throwing 99 feet, 11 inches to place 12th in the discus.
Tell Hawk's best 400-meter dash of his 4-year career came in Friday's preliminaries. The senior circled the track in 50.15 seconds to enter Saturday's finals in fourth place at the state 3A meet in Lakewood.
Hawk, who in 2011 was the only male to represent Hotchkiss at state, was accompanied by five other runners representing three relay teams. Junior Cody Bartlett was the only other teammate to qualify in individual events. Bartlett ran a personal best to finish 10th in the 800 and was 16th in the 1600.
Running in the 800 relay were Vikash Hypio, Dylan Hill, Keegan Palmer and Hawk. The team ran a season-best time of 1:33.7 to place 13th.
The 1600 team of Hypio, Hawk, Bartlett and Alex Smith also posted the fastest team time of the season to place 10th. The 3200 team of Bartlett, Hawk, Hypio and Smith also ran their best race of the season, placing 11th.blog comments powered by Disqus