Courier photo by Eric R. Flores
Sangre de Cristo's Mitchell Stagner and Tyler Reynolds race in the final 300 meters of the 800 meter run.
Courier Sports Editor
LAKEWOOD—Today marks the opening leg of the three-day spectacular at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood that is known as the 2013 Colorado High School Activities Association Track and Field State Championships.
Despite some coaches failing to nominate their athletes for the state meet, CHSAA was able to make an announcement as to who qualified for the state meet early Tuesday morning and as the dust settled, the San Luis Valley will be sending 83 athletes to battle.
Last year, there were 33 medals earned by San Luis Valley athletes with three of them being gold. This weekend, Alamosa senior Samuel Bilderbeck and Sangre de Cristo senior Kathryn New will look to win back to back championships.
Below is a breakdown of state qualifiers for the 2013 state meet. Coaches were emailed to send a list of their qualifiers and what is listed is what was received. Other information included came from MaxPreps and the official heat sheets.
Junior Brianna Apodoca enters the state meet as the No. 8 seed in the 3,200 meter run as she has posted a time of 12:04.27. She ran the race just three times during the regular season including the Pueblo Twilight meet where she clocked the qualifying time.
In the relays, Alamosa’s 4x200 team of Taylor Hackett, Megan Conrad, Jordan Hicks and Emily Sowards is ranked 16th with a time of 1:52.14.
The 4x400 team of Karlee Smith, Mirando Glowchezski, Taylor Hackett and Sowards is seeded tenth with a time of 4:17.36 while the 4x800 meter relay team squeaked in by .08 of a second with a time of 10:35.99. That team is comprised of Smith, Paige DeGolyer, Renee Myers and Kalin Doyle. Alamosa’s 800 sprint medley team is seeded 12th with a time of 1:56.69.
Samuel Bilderbeck leads the boys as he is qualified in the pole vault, high jump, the 110 meter hurdles and is a member of the 4x400 meter relay team while Hunter McDaniel is qualified in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles.
Alamosa has all four of their relays, the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 meter, qualified.
The Falcons have qualified a 4x100 meter relay team comprised of Rachel Valdez, Sheridan Coombs, Marissa Quinlin and Veronica Fringer. That relay is ranked 13th with a time of 52.86. The same team is ranked 13th in the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:51.60.
The 4x400 relay team of Coombs, Taylor Wilson, Erika Valdez and Cheyanne Crowther is seeded ninth with a time of 4:16.17 while the 4x800 team of Syndi Sowards Crowther, Erika Valdez and Coombs is ranked ninth as they posted a time of 10:21.76 at the IML championships.
Leah Aziz has qualified in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 9.75 inches.
The only boys’ to qualify for the Falcons are Ethan Coombs, Jake Sorensen, Dylan Sowards and Garret Braiden. The quad will be competing in the 4x800 meter relay.
Monte Vista (3)
The only two qualifiers for the Monte Vista Pirates on the girl’s side were discus throwers as Kirsten Salazar and Itzel Ortiz are seeded 13th and 14th. Matt Barnes was the only qualifier on the boys’ side as he will also be competing in the discus.
Antonito qualified Chris Romero in the 100 meter dash and Noah Trujillo in the 300 hurdles.
4x800 relay team which is ranked 13th. The team of junior Ivan Escalon, junior Jordan Villava, freshman, Angel Villagomez and freshman Marcus Torrez clocked a time of 8:51.97. They improved by 20 seconds on Friday during the SPL Championships to improve their seeding for state
Sangre de Cristo (12)
Mitchell Stagner and Tyler Reynolds are qualified in both 800 meter run and the 4x800 meter relay. They are joined by Troy Fritz and Victor Enriquez in the relay while Fritz is qualified in the 4x800.
On the girls’ side, New will be in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash and the high jump while Marissa Storey is qualified in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 4x200 meter relay. Sarah Storey is qualified in the 100 meter dash and the 4x200 meter relay.
Heather Dieckman will join the 4x200 meter relay and is qualifying in the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. Allie Beiriger is the final leg of the 4x200 meter relay.
Freshman Jenna McKinley is going to compete in both the shot put and the discus.
Del Norte (12)
The Del Norte Tigers have qualified a 4x800 relay team of John and Luke Haefeli, Ryan Jensen and Sumner Erhard. Erhard is also qualified in the 3,200 meter run and 1,600 meter run.
Josie Sanchez, Kassidy Jones, Kaitlin Martinez and Lindsay Jensen are all qualified in four events while Allison Butler in qualified for three. Kylie Wilkinson is qualified in the high jump.
Sanford has seven athletes qualify for the state meet including a boys’ 4x200 meter relay team, Ty Koenig in the 1,600 meter run and Chance Canty in the high jump and 110 hurdles for the boys while Kelli Canty has qualified in the 100 meter hurdles on the girls’ side.
Sargent qualified a 4x800 meter relay team while Kelci VanTreese and Mary Hood are in both the high jump and the long jump.
Sierra Grande (1)
Sierra Grande senior Ricardo Howard has qualified in just the long jump where he hopes to reach the medal podium in the event.
Moffat has qualified two athletes including Megan Black in the throwing events and Gallian Roberts in the 300 hurdles and the long jump.