In an unprecedented season the VP Ladies track and field team qualify 4 out of the possible 5 relays to the 2018 state track and field championship. The 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m and sprint medley are going to the show.
There are only 5 relays contested in CO track and field and in 2017 the VP ladies have been in contention in 4 out of 5 of those relays in 4A standings. As the last weekend of qualifying comes to a close the ladies have managed to qualify 4 relays for the state championship with two of those in dramatic fashion.
Early in the season to the coaching staffs surprise the ladies put together a fast 4x100m relay. Fast enough that it nestled itself into the rankings and kept itself there all season.
Last season the 4x200m relay made it to the state championship and suffered a costly baton drop in the prelims. They were destined to return that relay to states this year running a blazing fast 4×2 and breaking the school record along the way this season.
In the 4x400m relay there, much like the 4x200m, was no doubt they would return to the state championship. The 4×4 is just “What we do” at Vista peak, its a staple and basis of our program. Our fastest and yet another school record breaking time this season was done outside of Colorado soil. So Friday night on our last chance to qualify, it was time to call in the calvary. Without running that relay full strength at the St. Vrain invite it would not have qualified for states. So Branch, who was little sick dropped her open 200m to conserve energy for the 4×4 later. Morris stepped up and stepped in to hold down the 2nd leg after proving she has the goods in a scorching medley anchor leg the week before. Rivera and Scott made there way up after senior day festivities to take their normal spots. They were in the elite heat, one that saw the Colorado state record get set, but they deserved to be there as they cruised to a top time making sure they qualified the team for the state championship.
In the final relay the sprint medley it was up to early planning and fate. Because the three other relays had done well earlier in the season we put together a mid season sprint medley with our best quartermiler in order to see if we could qualify it. It cruised into a top spot and there it sat as we were not able to run it full strength the remainder of the season. By the final weekend of qualifying it had fell all the way to 17th of the 18 final spots. With the final meet results around the state trickling in it slipped into the 18th and final qualifying spot. But it dont matter 1st, 8th, 18th, its in.