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- Doherty won the 5A boys’ league title with 174 points. Pine Creek was second at 157.5 and Fountain-Fort Carson was third (146).
- Coronado won the boys’ league title with 104.5 points, Discovery Canyon (83) and Widefield (75) rounded out the top three.
- Jordan Kinchens of Palmer won the 5A triple jump by leaping 45 feet, 4.5 inches, which should be good enough to get him into the state meet. Kinchens entered the season with a personal best of just 38 feet.
- The 5A 1,600-meter run established a blistering pace and maintained it throughout the race as most of the runners set season bests. Garrett Kenyon of Liberty won the race with a time of 4:28.86, which was a 4.49 improvement on his previous best this year. Tucker Hamilton of Rampart was second at 4:30.53, an 8.11-second improvement.
- Fountain-Fort Carson took the 5A 800 relay by nearly 4 seconds. The Trojans' time of 1:28.80 was 3.96 seconds faster that second-place Palmer and was a scant 1.18 seconds off the fastest time in 5A this season.
- Vista Ridge came into the meet holding the top time in 4A in the 800 and Harrison held the top time in the 400. The two switched things up as Harrison won the 800 Thursday and Vista Ridge took the 400 on Friday. Vista Ridge's time in the 400 was a scant 0.38 seconds behind the top time. Both schools will compete in both events at state.
- Coronado's Quin Ralston came on strong in the final 200 meters to win the 4A 800 with a time of 1:58.02. His season best is 1:55.77, just 0.22 behind 4A's best mark.
- Ralston also trimmed nearly 5 seconds of his season-best time in the 3,200 to win that event as well. His time of 9:52.96 was the second-best in the 4A Metro league this season.
Soaring to new heights will have to wait a week for Colt Sessions.
Two weeks ago, the Cheyenne Mountain sophomore cleared 6 feet, 7 inches in the high jump, the best mark in Class 4A this season and just an inch short of the best mark regardless of classification. He had hoped to improve upon that Friday at the Colorado Springs Metro league Championships.
While he won the event in a tiebreaker over Vista Ridge's D.J. Green, his winning height of 6-2 left him decidedly underwhelmed.
“It wasn't my best day,” he said. “You have some good days and some bad days. I'm going to shake it off and hopefully next week goes well.”
He refused to blame the wet, windy conditions as a Colorado spring storm rolled into the area. Those conditions certainly didn't impact Rampart's Ryan Cook, who soared to a victory with a jump of 6-10 to match his 5A state-championship height of last year.
“It doesn't factor into it too much unless you really let it,” Sessions said. “It can mess with your mind but you just go out and go hard and make sure you don't pay attention to it and you'll be fine.”
His coach, Stan Lambros, wasn't surprised by Session's outlook.
“He's got a good spirit; he's a fun-loving kind of kid,” Lambros said. “He works hard – a really coachable kind of kid.”
Sessions' final two attempts at 6-3 were the nearest of near misses. On the first, he clipped the bar with his heel and on the second, grazed it with his shoulder on the way up.
The 6-foot-4 Sessions, who is on a competitive snowboarding team in the winter and plays for Cheyenne Mountain's tennis team in the fall, said that his spring avocation is among his favorites.
“I love track. I play some other sports but this one's up there,” he said. “High jump is definitely up there on my favorite things to do. I like talking with people while you just sit down and wait.”
And when he's not sitting and talking, he flies. As a freshman he took fifth at state and will be looking to improve upon that this year.
“He did 6-4 last year in the high jump and was a big factor in our team title last year,” Lambros said.
He'll be a big factor this time around as well.