Day 2 of the CHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Lakewood on Friday yielded a mixed bag of results for area
Durango High School senior long jumper Kaelen Waters competed for the Demons in Friday morning's Class 5A prelims.
Waters jumped 20-6, but did not qualify for the finals later Friday afternoon.
The event was won by Andre Bowman of Cherry Creek, who jumped 23-5.
"Kaelen was the only one we had going (Friday)," DHS head coach Mark Dutro said.
"He jumped well, but didn't make the finals. It's a whole different world over here (at state)," Dutro said. "They've
got a bunch of guys jumping 22 feet."
Dutro said the Demons are excited about today's schedule at the state meet. DHS will have senior Lindsay Chamblee
competing in the girls shot put.
DHS senior Gus Barnes also will race in the 100-meter finals in Class 5A today.
Barnes was the ninth and final qualifier for today's 100-meter finals. That will put him on the podium, Dutro said.
With a strong throw from Chamblee, the Demons could have two podium finishers on the final day of the state
"Gus made the final in the 100. But otherwise, we had a rough day Thursday," Dutro said.
The DHS boys 4x200 relay team did not qualify for the finals out of Thursday's prelims.
DHS senior long jumper Tasha Fitts, one of the state's leaders, also missed qualifying for the finals in her event.
She had finished third at the state meet last year.
"Tasha, unfortunately, picked a bad time to have an off-day," Dutro said. Just three weeks ago, Fitts broke the DHS
school record with a lead of 17-11Â½.
"But, it's tough over here," Dutro said.
The Demons, in Class 5A this year, are likely to fall to Class 4A next year.
Bayfield High School added points in the girls and boys team standings in Class 3A at Lakewood on Friday.
Seth Posey of the Wolverines, a sophomore, finished fourth in the shot put when he threw 48-0.
Posey is on the comeback trail after suffering a knee injury during the Bayfield football season.
"That was his personal best," BHS head coach Sherry Kimball said.
Clint Myers of Salida won the Class 3A state title with a throw of 51-1Â½.
Bayield also added points when the BHS girls 4x200 relay team finished third Friday behind Lisa Wickman, Sierra Aten, Caitlin Simbeck and Patty Powder.
"That was a very tough field for that relay," Kimball said.
"The girls ... broke the school record," Kimball said after the Wolverines finished in 1:46.78.
Valley won in 1:44.99. Classical Academy of Colorado Springs was second in 1:45.37.
Classical Academy is leading the Class 3A girls team standings with 83 points. Eaton is second with 32Â½. The BHS
girls are ninth with 20 points.
Classical Academy also leads the 3A boys standings (61 points).
Faith Christian is second with 48. The BHS boys are sixth with 18Â½ points.
The Wolverines have a number of competitors in today's events, including high jumpers Chris Isaac and Aaron
Derek Laue and John Cusick will run in the 1,600 for the Wolverines.
Laue finished fourth in the 3,2000 Thursday. Cusick was ninth.
Bayfield's 4x100 girls relay team also will race in today's finals. The team of Wickman, Aten, Simbeck and Jaycee
Sirios qualified in Thursday's prelims.
The Ignacio High School track team didn't total any points in Friday's action at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
But the Bobcats have a number of athletes competing today, including 400-meter school record-holder Oakley Hayes.
The BHS senior smashed the school record with a 50.4-second time in Thursday qualifying round.
Hayes also will join his IHS teammates in today's 4x400 relay team.
His mates are Ethan Pearson, Chance Wyatt and Shane Brooks.
IHS senior Alex Herrera, who will play basketball at Fort Lewis College next year, just missed qualifying for the
finals of the Class 2A discus Friday.