Joe Maloney is fast fast at distance, fast for Durango High School, fast for Colorado, fast for California, fast for the United States.
Maloney was one of a handful of select Demons track athletes running at the prestigious Arcadia High School Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Arcadia, Calif., and he was one of 2,500 track athletes at the invite-only all-star competition.
And hes also one of the fastest.
Maloney won one of four open 1,600-meter runs Saturday in 4 minutes, 18.68 seconds.
The winner of Section 1, Daniel De La Torre from California, won in 4:18.63. Chandler Reid of Centaurus High School finished fourth in 4:22.22.
Maloney won Section 2.
Kyle Bueckert from California won Section 3 in 4:17.10.
Kasey Knevelbaard from Californa won the 1-mile Rising Stars heat in 4:17.53.
Ryan Silva from Rincon University in Arizona won the 1-mile Invitational in 4:12.06.
Drew Kelley from Georgia won the 1-mile Seeded heet in 4:18.19.
Maloney sat in the front of the pack through the opening 800 meters, running a 2:11 split in cool and overcast conditions.
After 900 meters, Maloney led the chase group and started to reel in the leader from Wasatch, Utah.
With about 600 meters to go, Maloney drew level, then passed the leader.
Joe had plans of his own, slowly stretching the gap to one, then two seconds, DHS track and field head coach David McMillan said in an email to The Durango Herald.
With about 150 meters to go, Maloney put his head down and started to pull away, McMillan said.
A spirited charge down the final straightaway did nothing to close the gap, and Joe ran away.
After the race, he was mobbed by an excited Demon team and posed for a photo in front of the Nike banner a race well run, a job well done, McMillan said.
And he wasnt alone, either.
The DHS boys 4x800-meter relay team of Alastair McMillan, Garrett Mulkey, Trent Andrews and Maloney ran gamely but slightly off their paces, MacMillan said. They finished 14th of 18 teams Friday in 8:23.20, their third fastest time this season.
The DHS girls 4x800-meter relay team of Madeigh Winsor, Hannah Hwang, Katarina Seibert and Dominique Ward finished 15th Friday in 9:54.95. Winsor ran a 2:32.8 split despite losing her shoe with about 50 meters to race in her leg; Hwang set a personal record with a 2:34.5 split; Seibert neutralized the gap; Ward blazed a 2:18.65 and brought us up from the back of the pack.
McMillan said the DHS girls sprint medley relay was the Demons best event Friday in Arcadia. Miranda Gallegos, Gabi Razma, Hwang and Ward again ran a fantastic leg to lead the Demons to fourth in their heat and 17th out of 27 teams in 4:17.44.
McMillan, Devin Lewis, Andrews and Maloney finished 26th (10:47.27) out of the 28 teams in their heat in the distance medley.
Andrews, Shane Bisogno, Lewis and Maloney finished seventh (3:31.99) out of the nine teams in their heat in the 4x400-meter relay.
Razma finished eighth (15 feet, 11.50 inches) in the long jump out of the nine jumpers in her heat.
Hwang, Shannon Maloney, Ward and Gallegos finished eighth (4:08.66) out of the nine teams in their heat in the 4x400-meter relay.
We had a good time, ran well (enough) and had our eyes opened at the talent and dedication, McMillan said. It was a tremendous meet, and hopefully a motivational learning experience. Well be back next year better prepared (coachs job!) and (more) ready to race (kids job!).