LAKEWOOD - After Day 1 of competition the Pikes Peak region is in fine shape to bring home hardware, and even a few team titles.
After six events on Day 1 the reigning 5A boys’ champs, Fountain-Fort Carson, lead Class 5A with 31 points. TCA, last year’s 3A boys’ title winners, is in second behind by one point after five events, heading into the final two days of competition. TCA's girls’ lead 3A with 17 points after three events.
In 2A boys, Ellicott is in the lead with 18 points. On the girls’ side, St. Mary’s is in second in Class 2A with eight points.
5 GOLDS IN FIELD
The Pikes Peak region will bring home five gold medals and a host of other hardware through day one in the field events alone.
It didn’t take long for Fountain-Fort Carson to get going with Jequan Hogan’s winning leap in the high jump, earning the first gold medal of the day. Hogan cleared 6 feet, 8 inches for first. Hogan later placed third in the long jump at 22-7.
While Hogan was winning gold in the high jump, his teammate Jawuan Tate was winning the state title in the discus. His winning throw of 158-9 was more than 10 feet farther than his season best. Coronado’s Charles Broomfield, who was seeded first in the 5A discus entering the meet, placed fourth with a throw of 155-9.
Widefield’s Aaliyah Ricketts took first in the girls’ 4A triple jump with a leap of 36-6.
Jacob Tu’ufuli of Ellicott also came home with gold, placing first in the 2A boys’ shot put with a heave of 48-8.75.
The 4A triple jump was stacked with local talent, led by Vista Ridge’s Raymond Harper who claimed gold with a jump of 46-10, followed by his teammate in second, Micah Hilts, with a 46-1. Canon City’s Brendan Young placed third (45-3.5), followed by Pine Creek’s Daniel Fuhr in sixth (44-3) and Palmer Ridge’s Maccee Reed in seventh (43-7.75).
Zach Hester of Palmer Ridge was the lone area medalist in the 4A shot put, placing third with a heave of 54-1.5.
Two area pole vaulters brought home medals, as Pikes Peak Christian’s Kyler Sweat placed second in the 1A girls’ pole vault, clearing 9-4. In 3A boys’, Chase Graves placed ninth for Woodland Park with a vault of 12-6.
The Classical Academy’s RaeAnn Queener placed third in the 3A high jump, clearing 5-2, while Sam Smith of Pikes Peak Christian took bronze in the 1A boys’ shot out with a heave of 41-2.
3A 3,200 METER RUN
The Pikes Peak region had five runners come home with medals in the boys’ and girls’ 3,200-meter run, highlighted by first- and second-place finishes by TCA’s Ryan Moen and Mason Norman, respectively. Canaan Lamberth from TCA placed eighth.
On the girls’ side, TCA’s Katie Flaherty finished sixth with an 11:46.39, followed by Colorado Springs Christian’s Rachel Ingram in seventh (11:47.89).
Pine Creek took second in the 4A boys’ 4x800 relay with a time of 7:57.62, followed by Cheyenne Mountain in fourth (7:58.11).
In the girls’ 4x800 relay, Discovery Canyon placed fourth with a 9:33.78, outkicking No. 1 seed Palmer Ridge in the last leg. The Bears placed fifth with a time of 9:35.34.
In 2A, St. Mary’s girls settled for second after entering the state meet with the No. 1 seed. The Pirates couldn't hold onto the lead in a back-and-forth race with Paonia, and crossed the line in 10:04.99.
The Classical Academy claimed top-five finishes in the 4x800 from both its boys’ and girls’ teams. The girls placed fourth with a time of 9:41.22, while the boys kicked into fifth place in the final meters in 8:13.37.
In the 5A boys' 4x800, Coronado claimed fifth in 8:02, while Fountain-Fort Carson took sixth in its first relay of the weekend with an 8:03.69.