Another day, another school record

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Another day, another school record

Durango girls advance in the fast Class 4A state 4x400 field

LAKEWOOD

Just how fast is Colorado?

Consider: On Friday afternoon, the Durango High School girls 4x400 relay team shattered a school record that had been in place since 1999. And the Demons, who broke the record by more than 2 seconds, barely qualified for today’s finals at the CHSAA Class 4A Track and Field State Championships.

“Those girls ran out of their minds,” Durango head coach Mark Dutro said after the Demons ran an all-time best 4 minutes, 86 seconds in a super-fast preliminary heat Friday at Jeffco Stadium.

“I thought maybe those girls could get there (the finals) if they all ran their best,” said Dutro, marveling at the overall depth and speed of the Class 4A field.

“Those girls are amazing to do what they did,” Dutro said.

It would have been disappointing for the team to break the school record but not advance to the state finals as one of the top nine teams, he said.

“That would have been ... bittersweet. But this is the best of both,” Dutro said.

Durango got four solid relay legs from Hannah Hwang, Karli Foreman, Dominique Ward and Shannon Maloney.

“It felt good, actually,” Hwang said after her opening 400 meters put the Demons solidly in fifth place in the heat.

A 200-meter sprinter who’s moved up to the 400 this season, Hwang said she’s enjoying the longer race and her speedy teammates.

“I just started 400s this year,” she said.

“It’s fun ... it’s a good relay team,” said Hwang, daughter of Jay and Karen Hwang. “We’re always there for each other.”

Foreman, Ward and Maloney finished the record relay for the Demons, adding their names to a second school record in two days. Foreman, Ward, Maloney and Madeigh Winsor broke the DHS record in the 4x800 relay Thursday, when the Demons finished second Day 1 at the state meet.

The DHS girls will race in the 4x400 finals late this afternoon on the final day of the three-day track and field state championships in suburban Denver.

They’ll be joined in the finals by Durango senior hurdler Jared Blake. The senior qualified in the 110-meter high hurdles in a rocky prelim Thursday, then sailed into the 300 hurdle finals with a clean run and the fifth-fastest qualifying time (39.47) Friday.

“That felt better,” Blake said after earning a return trip to the state finals in both hurdle events.

“They were hitting ... a lot of hurdles,” Blake said after he had to navigate an obstacle course of hurdle carnage and tumbling bodies.

But Blake, who was not pleased with his technique Thursday, responded with a flawless pass – no hurdles down. He started methodically, cruised around the curve and powered down the front stretch.

“You just have to go over the hurdles,” he said simply.

Blake, son of Brad and Janelle Blake, also recorded a 400-meter personal best later Friday in the opening leg of the boys 4x400 relay. He and Shane Bisogno both ran personal bests, while Devin Lewis matched his in the ill-fated relay.

A day that started like a bad dream for junior Joe Maloney ended up as a nightmare when he got tangled with another runner and fell on the first curve, dropping the Demons out of contention.

Earlier Friday, Maloney suffered a similar fate when he was knocked off balance and nearly fell in the open 800-meter race.

“I was really worried that I would go down,” Maloney said after the incident on the backstretch of the 800.

Several sprinting runners converged on the same inside lane without enough room to merge.

“That was tough ... I just couldn’t get through,” said Maloney, who was spiked on the lower leg in the mishap. He still fought back and finished 14th in the 18-runner field.

Maloney, son of Melissa and Murdock Maloney, will get right back on the track today when he’s scheduled to race in the Class 4A 1,600-meter run.

Sister Shannon, a freshman already a part of two DHS school records in these championships, will run in the girls 1,600 today. Shannon Maloney also owns the 400-meter school record, which she set last week at the Southwestern League Championships in Cortez.

After two days of warm, sunny weather, the forecast for today’s finals is calling for thunderstorms with wind, rain and lightning. Officals announced they moved up today’s event schedule with the weather in mind.

dstrode@durangoherald.com

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Durango High School senior Karli Foreman and her teammates set their second school record in as many days at the CHSAA Class 4A Track and Field State Championships on Friday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The Demons qualified for the 4x400 relay finals with a school mark of 4:00.86.
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Freshman Shannon Maloney ran the anchor leg for the Demons in the 4x400 relay Friday afternoon at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. She and her teammates combined to set a DHS record in the event.
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Hannah Hwang of the Demons started the 4x400 relay and then handed to Karli Foreman, who ran the third leg. The team will race in the 4x400 finals Saturday.
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Durango’s McKenna Franzen qualified for the Class 4A shot put at the Class 4A state championships, but the DHS junior missed advancing to the state finals.
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Shane Bisogno of the Demons took the baton from Jared Blake in the boys 4x400 relay Friday afternoon. Bisogno and Blake both ran personal bests for their splits, but the Demons didn’t advance to the finals.
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Durango junior Joe Maloney had to scramble back in the 800-meter run after a first-lap collision nearly sent him to the track. “I was really worried that I would go down,” Maloney said.
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Joe Maloney of the Demons started fast on his leg of the 4x400 relay, but he fell in a tangled confusion of runners less than 75 meters into his race.
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Durango’s Devin Lewis gets a pat on the back from teammate Joe Maloney at the state track meet Friday afternoon in Lakewood. Maloney will run in the 1,600 on Saturday.
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