Jennifer Celis put her name on a second meet record at Saturday's Hotchkiss Bulldog Invitational, winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.5 seconds. The time also set a personal record for Celis, who placed second in the event in 2012 with a time if 58.57.
And she did it in freezing, windy weather.
Celis already holds the meet and school record in the 800. She tried last year for the 400 record, set in 2001. She won, but finished a tenth of a second shy. "This year," she said, "I got it."
Her win was one of five for the Hotchkiss girls, who placed fourth Saturday with 94 points. Also winning the gold were Natalie Anderson in the 1600 (5:38.52) and 3200 (12:29.25), Kylie Hodges in the discus (100 feet, 11 inches), and the 3200-meter relay team of Mae Anderson, Tiffany Clock, Kenley Derby and Sophia Schelle.
Celis was among a small group of Hotchkiss runners to compete last winter in indoor track. Celis, distance runner Kurt Katzdorn and sprinter Kelli Buhrdorf competed at the Colorado School of Mines High School open on Jan. 12 and 13, and Katzdorn competed in the Air Force Indoor Open at the Air Force Academy. Each competed as an "unattached" runner, and weren't representing the school. "That was the first indoor meet that I've been to," said Celis, who won the 800m and placed 10th in the 200m.
Buhrdorf, a junior and 2012 state qualifier in the 100m, ran the 60m and 200m races. Running a 60-meter race, which isn't offered in outdoor track, helped her learn how to come out of the blocks more quickly. "The 60 is all about the start," said Buhrdorf. "If you don't get a good start, you're just kind of done."
In track, the 100m is also about the start, but with more room to run, it's a little more forgiving. But the 200, "... really messed with the mind," she said. An indoor track is half the size of its outdoor cousin, so a lap is 200 meters, rather than 400. And the corners are sharp. "It feels like you're running sideways."
Buhrdorf said running indoors is helping to calm her pre-race jitters. Despite running into a strong, cold headwind, Buhrdorf ran the 100m in 13.91 to place fourth Saturday. In the 200m she finished just shy of her personal best time to place fifth.
Buhrdorf's goal is to run a sub-13-second 100 and return to state. "Every single track meet I just try to get better and better, try to get a good start and finish."
The Hotchkiss boys scored 121 points to place second.
Coal Ridge dominated the meet, earning 226 points. Katzdorn claimed the gold in the 3200, Cody Bartlett won the 1600 and Andrew Tiedeman the silver. And Alex Smith claimed the gold and Tiedeman the silver in the 800.
In the discus, Mason Oxford set a new personal record of 131.25 feet to place second.
Keegan Palmer placed third in the triple jump, and River Panish placed fourth.blog comments powered by Disqus