State track championships wrapped up on Sunday

Centauri High School’s Mason Claunch is all smiles after finishing an event Thursday at the Colorado High School Activities state track and field championships. Claunch led two Falcon relay teams to state championships over the weekend (Courtesy photo by Eric R. Flores).

ALAMOSA – After having Friday’s action postponed because of weather, the Colorado High School Activities Association’s state track and field championship meet concluded on Sunday afternoon at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

Class 3A


The Alamosa High School boys team finished in a tie for 20th place with 13 points.

On Saturday, Chase Smith finished seventh in the 300-meter high hurdle preliminaries in 42.21 seconds to qualify for finals. On Sunday, he finished in eighth place in 41.89 seconds.

Smith, along with Santiago Trujillo, Brant Jackson and Jayr Almeida placed eighth in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:29.96.

Almeida also competed in the 800-meter run on Saturday and finished 11th in 1:59.91. Also on Saturday, Smith, Trujillo, Dante Gonzales and Damian Orozco took 13th in the 4x100 preliminaries in 44.94.

The Lady Mean Moose finished fifth in the girls standings with 42 points. Three Alamosa girls individuals and one relay team scored on Sunday as Aani Hardesty was second in the 300 hurdles in 45.19 and third in the 100-meter dash in 13.01 seconds, Sarah DeLaCerda was third in the 1,600 in 4:59.81, and Emily Melgoza placed ninth in the shot put at 32-2 ½. Hardesty, Lia Castillo, Avery Mobbley and DeLaCerda were third in the 4x400 in 4:04.97.

Melgoza was also 12th in the discus at 94-11, and Lia Castillo was 14th in the 800 in 2:22.89 both on Saturday. Hardesty, Whitney Thong, Miquela Abeyta, Avery Mobbley were 10th in the 4x100 preliminaries in 51.78.

On Sunday, Miquela Abeyta finished 10th in the long jump at 16-1, and Autumn McQuitty was 13th in the 1,600 in 5:15.91.

Class 2A


The Centauri boys took 10th place in the Class 2A standings with 36 points.

Two Falcons scored individually as Mason Claunch was fourth in the 400 in 50.65 and fifth in the 100 in 11.57, and Deven Brady was sixth in the 200 in 23.29.

Two relay teams were state champions. The team of Brady, Richardson Tailleur, Ben Tailleur and Claunch won the 4x200 in 1:31.09, and the 4x100 in 46.32 seconds.

Other Falcons who competed include Mason Sowards, who was eighth in the 300 hurdles preliminaries in 43.32, however, he did not compete in the finals. He also took 10th in the triple jump at 39-1 ¾. Austin Stockebrand was 15th in the 300 hurdle preliminaries in 45.10. Stockebrand and Troy Sowards also competed in the high jump but neither recorded a height.

Richarson Tailleur, Eyan Chavez, Troy Sowards and Mason Sowards were 18th in the 4x400 in 3:50.20.

The Centauri girls placed 32nd with five points. McKenna Guymon was the only Lady Falcon to compete in the final two days as she placed 18th in the 300 hurdle preliminaries in 53.75.

Del Norte

The Del Norte boys tied for 32nd place with four points. The Tiger’s only points were scored by Michael Laymon who placed sixth in the high jump at 6-0 on Sunday. On Saturday Colby Gandy was 17th in the 800 in 2:15.18.

The Lady Tigers finished 41st with one-quarter point. Shelby Van Zalinge tied for ninth in the pole vault at 8-2 on Saturday. On Sunday, Aubriana Peerman was 16th in the discus at 89-7 ¾.

Monte Vista

Monte Vista did not score any points in either meet. For the boys, Alex Felix recorded no mark in the discus, and the team of Nathaniel Juarez, Jack Noonan, Khegan Gunter and Damian Lopez was 12th in the 4x100 preliminaries in 45.70. Both performances were on Saturday.

For the Lady Pirates on Sunday, Syriah Bernal finished 18th in the triple jump at 29-8 ½.


Bailey Asbell was Sargent’s only representative at state. On Saturday, she finished 17th in the long jump at 14-10. She scored all of the Lady Farmers’ nine points on Sunday as she was Bailey was fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.24 and sixth in the 300 hurdles in 48.70.

Sargent finished 27th in the 2A girls standings.

Class 1A


The Sanford boys finished in a tie for second place with 69 points.

On Saturday, the Indians set a new meet record in the 4x200-meter relay as Gauge Lewis, Lincoln Reynolds, Cash Caldon and Kelton Gartrell won in 1:34.62.

On Sunday, the same team won the 4x100 in 44.78 seconds.

Also scoring for the Sanford boys on Sunday were Gartell who won the 200 in 23.38 and was second in the 100 in 11.60, Lewis who was second in the 200 in 23.51, Reynolds who was third in the 400 in 53.09, and Ren Canty who was ninth in the 1,600 in 4:55.62.

The Lady Indians placed sixth with 45 points. Two Sanford girls relay teams were also victorious as Asia Caldon, Erica Miller, Riley Canty and Haley Faucette won the 4x800 in 10:32.80 on Saturday, and the same team won the 4x400 in 4:20.23 on Sunday.

Also scoring for the Lady Indians were Faucette who was sixth in the triple jump at 31-11 ½ on Saturday and fifth in the 400 in 1:02.48. Holly McDaniel was sixth in the 100 hurdles in 17.71, and Miller was sixth in the 400 in 1:02.63. The latter two performances were on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, the team of Brooklyn Reynolds, Makenzie Reynolds, Caldon and Canty was seventh in the 4x100 in 55.06.

Sangre de Cristo

The Sangre de Cristo girls team tied for 28th points with four points. The only Lady Thunderbird to compete was Peyton Metz who was sixth in the 100 in 13.70 on Sunday.

The Thunderbird boys team did not score. On Sunday, William Wilson was 11th in the 1,600 in 5:18.02, and the team of Adrian Garcia, Angel Rubio-Mix, Wilson and Juan Garcia was 11th in the 4x800 in 9:33.98.


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