It is my favorite early season meet and once again the Runners Roost of Fort Collins meet gave plenty of reasons to be proud of VP Track and Field.
Lets start with our cover photo girl, Erica Paul. Phil Collins said “I can feel it coming in the air tonight, Oh Lord.” Well so could I Phil, so could I. From the time we got off the bus I could just feel a good discus competition was going to happen for Erica just ask her she’ll tell you how often I said it.
The clouds parted and the sun came out combined with a ever so subtle tail wind to produce the perfect conditions. Paul had a great practice the day before working on footwork and her windup and it showed. On three successive throws Paul broke and then reset the school record. Her toss of 101′-07″ also has her sitting atop the league. She qualified for the final with her toss as well finishing in the top 9. Andrew Martin also saved his best heave for his last in order to set his new PR in the shot put. I’m digging our throwers!
With Raina Branch out this week the 10 assured high jump points were off the books. In swoops Kamryn Scott to add those 10 points back with a big win in the open 400m. She surgically sat back in relaxation and then picked apart the early leaders at the 275m mark with her trademark final straight strength.
Why should you be a multi sport athlete? Just ask Mikayla Jones who brought her fitness and skills from the basketball court to the track to carry her team on the day. Jones has a season PR in the 100m, followed by a high finish in the high jump, followed by a blazing 4×2 leg and a blistering 4×4 leg, but more on that later.
Youth ruled the day as it was our underclassmen who stepped up to show their growth and that they are the future of VP Track and Field. Chris Johnson and Dylan Jackson both had huge 5 tenth PR’s in there 100m. If you dont know track and field .5 is a HUGE number, dont let the decimal fool you. Rashawn Brown had his own PR. He leads the team and is the first boy to go into the 11 second realm over 100m.
You want more youth, I got more youth. Jadelynn Strasser drops another PR in her 200m. Her time was good enough to slip her into top 8 place in or league standings. In the 400m Myca Thomas did the same finding herself in a top 8 league standing.
More? I got more. The 4x200m team made up of all sophomores takes 3rd overall and puts themselves in a state qualifying spot for the first time this season. The boys 4x100m team, to the elation of Coach Roy put together some good handoffs running strong. The boys 4×4 with a very strong anchor by Jordan Stewart and surprise appearance by Mr. Mata ran very well also.
On the girls side of the 4×4 Kamryn Scott has given up her anchor duties for lead off during early season. This is for the development of her teammates so they can take advantage of the position she gives them after her lead off legs. Take advantage they did as Mikayla Jones ran like she was crashing the boards on the basketball court. She’s already in mid season form and proved that the 200/400m distance is her wheelhouse. She ran with the attitude of, “I dont Play!!!”
Smooth as butter…..thats how I describe Lainey Morris in her 3rd leg position on the 4×4. If you want to know what working on your mechanics that we teach can do for you then look no further. The mechanical efficiency Morris employs aids her as she had a PR split. RIVERA!!!! has been taking her normal 3rd leg duties to anchor leg. Why? Rivera is her teams HYPE man. She had me ready to run last night with her pre race enthusiasm. Shooting for a crucial time the ladies 4×4 achieved it and took 3rd overall.