HS 5A TRACK
Defending champion Arapahoe leads 5A team race
Alec Pott of Poudre High School won the discus at the Class 5A state track and field championships on Thursday.
Pott threw the discus 147 feet, 1 inch. Loveland's Lane Stuht was second with a 143-foot, 4-inch toss.
Defending champion Arapahoe led the team competition with 21 points. Smoky Hill was second with 20 points after four events.
Evan Appel of Dakota Ridge won the 3,200 meters event, running in a time of 9:18.40 minutes. Cherry Creek's Walter Schafer was second in a time of 9:26.57.
The pole vault was won by Smoky Hill's Chase Cooper. Cooper cleared the bar at 17 feet.
Chaparral claimed the 3,200-meter relay event in 7:53.72.
Littleton had a 26-21 lead over Rocky Mountain in the girls competition. Highlands Ranch was third at 21.
HS 4A TRACK
Thompson Valley girls set state record in 4A meet
Thompson Valley's girls set a state record on Thursday in the Class 4A 3200-meter relay final, winning the state championship in 9:00.07 at Jefferson County Stadium.
Thompson Valley, from Loveland, beat the record Aurora's Smoky Hill set in 2003 with a time of 9:01.83.
Alamosa finished a distant second, running in 9:30.41, and Mullen was third with a time of 9:37.66.
On the boys' side, Wheat Ridge won the 3200-meter relay to claim the state crown, finishing in 7:51.91. Windsor was second with a time of 7:56.99, and Falcon was third, 7:57.61.
The 3,200-meter relay was the only championship running event contested on Thursday in Class 4A. All other running events served as qualifiers for the finals on Friday and Saturday.
HS 3A TRACK
Finley breaks Class 3A state meet discus record
Discus thrower Mason Finley broke a Class 3A state meet record late Thursday afternoon at the Class 3A state track and field championships.
The Buena Vista senior heaved the discus 214 feet, 1 inch on his final attempt of the competition. He threw the discus 210-10 and 209 on his previous two throws.
There were other state meet records broken in both boys and girls portions of the Class 3A championships.
Platte Canyon's A.J. Melillo rewrote the 100-meter meet mark previously held by Centauri's Brandon Hostetter, 11.03 seconds, in the preliminaries. Melillo raced the 100 meters in 10.98 seconds.
Classical Canyon's girls 3,200 meter relay team covered the event in 9:29.21 minutes. The old mark belonged to Centauri, 9:42.35, recorded in 2005.
Classical Canyon was ahead of Buena Vista, 31-20 in the boys team competition. Bayfield was third at 19.
Classical Academy's girls held a commanding 35-14 lead over second-place University in the team competition.
HS 2A TRACK
Limon girls, Sedgwick boys lead at 2A track meet
Wray's Emily Post, Sedgwick County's Carlson Ebke and Holyoke's Kyle Carper were the three individuals crowned state champions on Thursday during the first day of the Class 2A state track meet.
Only two girls' championship events and three boys' finals were held at Jefferson County Stadium during the initial round, which included more than 15 preliminary events.
Post leaped 17 feet to win the girls' long jump. In the other girls' final, the 3,200-meter relay, Paonia won the state title with a time of 9:58.79.
Ebke earned the championship in the boys' shot put with a toss of 52 feet, 3 inches.
Carper won the boys' long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 7-1/4 inches, while Wiggins won the boys' 3,200-meter relay, finishing in 8:15.69.
Limon's girls led the team rankings with 12 points after the first day. Paonia and Wray were tied for second with 10 points each.
In the boys' competition, Sedgwick County had 23 points, and Hi-Plains and Soroco had 12 points each.
The meet continues on Saturday with boys' and girls' action in 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A.