LAKEWOOD – Taysa Conger smiled the second she crossed the finish line.
The junior merino had just won her first-ever state title in the 400-meter at the state track and field championships at Jeffco Stadium on Tuesday. It was something she had worked on for her entire high school career.
âI just remember my first year,â Conger said. âI wanted it so badly and it was my first time at the state. I was so nervous and I remember being on the track and I was so excited.
Conger clocked 1 minute, 1.91 seconds and easily beat the second girl. She was also fourth in the long jump (15 feet, 1.5 inches) and second in the triple jump (34-06).
Sterling’s Tucker Myers, likewise, had a banner weekend. He won the triple jump (45-2.75), finished sixth in the long jump (20-11.25) and eighth in the 4 Ã 100-meter relay (45.34) alongside Brady Albrandt, Moises Rivas and Peyton Pink. Valarie Allen joined compatriot Tiger as she too won the triple jump at 36-6.
âI’m happy with the way the state meeting went,â Myers said. âIt was great to win a triple jump and it was a great experience. â¦ Every year I have been to Sterling, there have been several state qualifications. It shows the effort Sterling’s kids put in as well as the time. Going until the end of June of this year took a lot of summer, and it was great to see the dedication of my teammates all year round.
Peetz also sent a number of athletes onto the state stage and was well represented by athletes like Sterling Sorenson. Sorenson qualified for the 110-meter hurdles final, seeded near the bottom, then swept out half the competition as he crossed the finish line at 17.70.
It was good enough for fourth place as he beat the fifth place runner by 0.02 seconds.
âIt means a lot because we come from such a small school, 100 people in our town,â he said. âWe’ve beaten people who were supposed to beat us and we’ve done PR for every event so far, so I’m pretty happy with our performance.â
Caliche sent only a handful of competitors and saw only one man in the final heats on Saturday as Aden Young climbed to the podium in ninth place in the 300-meter hurdles (44.40). No matter how he ended, he was just happy to be there.
âIt really feels good,â Young said. âYou wouldn’t think that coming from a 1A school in the middle of nowhere and then being able to come here and compete with everyone here is something you don’t really dream of coming from my school. It really feels good to be here. “
Nolan Japp, Fleming’s sole representative on the state scene, secured ninth place in the triple jump (37-9.5) to make his school proud.
âI didn’t have a chance to track last year, which meant it was my first year of track in high school, so when I found out I qualified for the state this year, I was overjoyed! Japp said. âI came in 10th, which meant I had to jump first, and I was there to do my best and have fun, so I didn’t expect to be on the podium. When I was told I was on the podium, I was surprised but excited. It was a very fun time on the state track.
Results by school:
High jump: 9. Ryanne Nichols, 4-5
Shot put: 10. Macie Smock, 28-3.5
300-meter hurdles: 9. Aden Young, 44.40
Triple jump: 9. Nolan Japp, 37-09; 75
400m Dash: 1. Taysa Conger, 1: 01.91
800m race: 3. Madison Sutter, 2: 33.20
3,200m race: 3. Madison Sutter, 13: 13.63
4x200m relay: 4. Merino, 1: 57.65
800m medley sprint relay: 6.merino, 2: 04.21
4x400m relay: 1. Merino, 4: 23.96
4x800m relay: 2. Merino, 10: 57.40
Long jump: 4. Taysa Conger, 15-1.5
Triple jump: 2. Taysa Conger, 34-6
Disc: 10. Bailey Gonzales, 70-11
Pole vault: 9. Tyler Frank, 10-3
1600m race: 10. Colton Howell, 5: 12.27
Run 3200m: 10. Colton Howell, 12:18.17
110m hurdles: 4. Sterling Sorensen, 17.70
4x100m relay: 7. Peetz, 47.27
4x200m relay: 4. Peetz, 1: 37.24
4x400m relay: 5. Peetz, 3: 52.36
4x800m relay: 8. Peetz, 9: 55.09
300m hurdles: 18. Haley Emmerson, 53.88
4x100m relay: 11. Sterling, 52.43
Long jump: 3. Valarie Allen, 17-002.5, 9. Emerie Rios, 15-06.75, 17. Emmie Farquhar, 14-07.00
Triple jump: 1. Valarie Allen, 36-06.00, 9. Emerie Rios, 34-02.00, 12. Dillyn Morton, 33-01.25
Pole vault: 16. Elizabeth Miller, 8-00.00
Disc: 9. Mallory Kaiser, 105-05.00
Shot put: 14. Mallory Kaiser, 06-29.75
4x100m relay: 8. Sterling, 45.34
Long jump: 2. Peyton Rose, 22-07.00, 6. Tucker Myers, 20-11.25
Triple jump: 1. Tucker Myers, 45-02.75, 10. Radek McCracken, 39-08.25
Pole vault: 2. Xander Burns, 13-06.00, 8. Michael Mertz-Valentine, 11-00.00