LAKEWOOD • Colorado Springs-area boys’ track and field teams will have an opportunity to win the three biggest classifications of the state track and field meet after Friday’s second day of action at Jefferson County Stadium.
Fountain-Fort Carson (5A) and Vista Ridge (4A) enter Saturday’s final day atop the team standings, while The Classical Academy (3A) is second and in position for a sweep with the Titans girls in first.
One of the highlights of Friday’s action for the Trojan boys came when senior Jalen Lyon closed a gap in the 4x200 relay to see Fountain-Fort Carson expand its lead, finishing first in 1 minute, 26.53 seconds, just a little more than a tenth of a second before second-place Cherry Creek.
Fountain-Fort Carson’s boys lead the team ranks with 41 points through eight events. Second-place Monarch has 26 points.
Things are more crowded on the girls’ side where the top six teams sit between 26 and 20 points.
Rampart’s 4.5 points leads the area.
Rampart’s Lily Acosta and Liberty’s Katelyn McMoore both cleared 4 feet, 11 inches to share a tie for eighth place in the high jump.
Following jumper Raymon Harper’s gold and silver in the long and high jump, respectively, Vista Ridge enters the final day atop the Class 4A standings with 40 points after eight events.
Silver Creek is second with 28 points, while Palmer Ridge and Pine Creek sit in a tie for third with 23.
Pine Creek’s 4x200 relay team of Daniel Fuhr, Wyatt Wieland, Donald Armstead and Maxwell Lofy won the team’s first event, finishing in 1:28.07, nearly a second ahead of Windsor.
Wieland also ran the fastest time in the 300 hurdle preliminaries.
Palmer Ridge got nine points out of Friday morning’s 3,200 when Jonathan Woolf (9:36.05) and Ryan Matson (9:38.46) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Valor and Niwot are dominating the girls’ side with 53 and 45 points, respectively, entering Saturday. Discovery Canyon is fourth with 23 points and the Palmer Ridge girls are fifth with 21 points.
The Thunder girls finished third in the 800 sprint medley.
The Classical Academy is in position to take two team titles. The Titan girls used a 1-3 finish from sisters Erika and Kristina Wills in the pole vault to finish Friday’s action with 55 points through nine events, 20 clear of second-place Peak to Peak.
The Titans boys have 32 points to Bayfield’s 40 through six events.
Rhys Ryba added to the Titan total Friday, taking third with a shot put of 49-10.25.
Lyons enters the final day looking for a sweep, leading both the boys (36 points) and girls (27) standings. The boys have completed nine events, while the girls are through eight.
Kaylee Kearse’s big day on the track has the Peyton girls sitting third, just seven points off Lyons. Kearse won the 800 in 2:18.2 and ran the anchor leg of the Panthers’ winning 4x200 relay.
Ellicott, fueled by Chiante Stewart’s third-place triple jump of 42-3, is fifth with 25 points.
Heritage Christian has a commanding lead with 64 points through seven events on the boys’ side. Second-place South Baca has 24 points.
Pikes Peak Christian is the top area boys’ team, sitting 10th with 13 points. Sam Smith took fourth in the discus with a throw of 126-7.
Shining Mountain Waldorf leads the girls’ standings with 51 points through nine events, while Eads is second at 40.
Miami-Yoder is eighth with 18 points. Matalynn Dawson won the triple jump for the Buffaloes, going 34-6.