For all the long hours of sacrificing the comforts of life, the state's top 18 athletes competed one last time in track and field for the ultimate bragging rights for speed and distance in the state of Colorado. The Colorado State Track and Field Championships ran its course this past weekend with local high schools vying for top honors in Lakewood at Jefferson County Stadium.
Cedaredge High School's contingent of thinclads braved sunshine and brief inclement elements with some measure of success where personal best efforts continued to be re-established in many instances. Not all athletes in attendance won gold medals, yet, they were all winners in that they finished a task they had set out to do season's beginnings.
Lutheran High School won both the girls and boys team titles; the girls with 109 points and the boys 91.5. Cedaredge's girls placed 25th with 13 points and the boys were 14th after scoring 18 points.
Freshman Megan Jenkins worked hard all season long and was one of the best hurdlers in Class 3A. She qualified for state in both the 100 and 300m hurdles. After qualifying sixth in preliminary rounds of the 100m hurdles, Jenkins fell after dragging her trail foot over one of the hurdles and finished ninth with a time of 17.17. She had a season-best 15.82. In the 300m hurdles she qualified first in preliminaries and finished second in 44.89. Her 44.66 in the preliminaries was her season-best.
Jenkins was a member of the eighth place 1600m relay team (4:06.61) which included Baylee Harris, Kylin Mitchel, Camie Baldozier and Reaganne McIntire. The 1600m relay team's best time for the season was 4:04.75. Jenkins was also a member of the 3200m relay team (Kylee Hanson, Mitchell, Jenkins and Baldozier) that finished 12th in 10:16.54. The team's best time was 10:13.91.
Cedaredge's 800m sprint medley team (Megan Gastineau, Makayla Reed, McIntire and Baldozier) placed eighth (1:56.14). The team of Reed, Mitchell, Bailey Nelson and McIntire turned in a 1:49.75 (PR) to finish 14th at the state meet.
The Bruins' 400m relay team (Harris, Reed, Aspen Furubotten and Gastineau) also finished 14th (51.98) and had a season-best 51.76.
High-jumper Kammie Henderson didn't have the legs to go beyond her season-best 5-2 at state and finished 10th with a jump of 5-0.
The Bruins' 800m relay team (Wyatt Camp, Ryan Imhoff, Alex Barron and McMillan) had the team's top finish with a fourth place time of 1:32.70 and a 1:31.62 PR for the year.
Imhoff, Joshua Jenkins, Barron and McMillan ran to a sixth place in the 1600m relay (3:31.39) and set a new PR in the preliminaries with a 3:30.29.
With a season-best 44.42 in the books, Cedaredge's 400m relay team (Camp, McMillan, Barron and Jenkins) raced to a 44.70 and seventh place.
In individual events, McMillan was fifth in the 400m dash with his 51.23. His PR for the season was 50.75. Jenkins ran a 16.49 in the 110 high hurdles to finish 13th and sported a PR of 16.37 and a 16.21 with a wind factor of 2.5.
In the 300m hurdles, Imhoff was 16th at 43.28 and had a season best 42.19.
Shot putter Kaleb Berardi finished 15th after his throw of 43.8.5. His best effort of the year was 45-4.