This was not the championship weekend the Southwestern League winners were hoping for.
"It was tough. It was a tough weekend," Durango High School track and field coach Mark Dutro said Saturday afternoon.
Durango's podium hopefuls at the CHSAA Class 5A State Track and Field Championships repeatedly fell short Thursday through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood, which left Dutro looking for answers.
"On paper, there's no reason for it," he said. "I don't know if it was we peaked last weekend, or if it was the format set up for this meet, or if it was the down time between heats. I don't know. A lot of things make me wonder."
Lindsay Chamblee, one of the Demons' best hopes to reach a podium in the shot put, didn't make it out of the preliminaries on the final day of state competition.
"She didn't make the finals," Dutro said. "It just kind of fell apart."
Gus Barnes was a bright spot for the Demons on Saturday. The team's only other competitor Saturday finished seventh in the 100-meter dash finals.
Barnes ran an 11.22 into the wind, which gusted around 40 mph, Dutro said.
"It was pretty windy," Dutro said. "Incredible, really. There was a real steady wind blowing. It didn't help him at all - hurt him if anything. To run that time into the wind is pretty good."
Despite a spat of disappointing state finishes the weekend after the Demons defended their SWL crown at home, there were a plethora of positives they walked away from the Front Range with.
"It was a tough one, a little disappointing," Dutro said. "But to put things into perspective, in the grand scheme of things, it's just a blip. ... We still had a wonderful season."
Barnes and Chamblee likely are the Demons' two athletes to compete at the collegiate level next season.
Barnes received an invitation to walk on the University of New Mexico track team.
Chamblee's strong right arm drew attention at the state meet, too.
"There were two or three schools there - Division II - that were interested in her," Dutro said. "And that's a good thing."