Jeffco athletes compete at state track meet

Staff report
Posted 5/28/19

Jefferson County Stadium again hosted the state track and field meet for Colorado. Among the Jeffco Public Schools athletes who competed was Amanda Opp of Lakewood. She earned a third place podium …

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Jeffco athletes compete at state track meet


Jefferson County Stadium again hosted the state track and field meet for Colorado.

Among the Jeffco Public Schools athletes who competed was Amanda Opp of Lakewood. She earned a third place podium finish in 5A for her performance in discus. She also finished seventh in shot put.

Senior teammate Madeleine Hubych of Lakewood finished sixth in shot.

Finishing 15th, Michael Bennett of Lakewood ran a 40.44 in the 300 meter hurdles.

Also competing in 5A was Nicholas Nuhfer from Arvada West, who finished ninth in the 200-meter dash finals, after shaving nearly two 10ths of a second off his prelim time.

His best moment of the meet was in the 400 meters though, where he took silver with a time of 48.77 seconds.

Ralston Valley's relay teams made an appearance, with the 4X100 squad of Cameron Holland, Devin McNearny, James Lindsey and Brad Roberts ran a 43.49, which unfortunately did not earn them a berth in the finals.

The Mustang's 4X800 squad — Benjamin Brandt, Kyle Brown, Ethan Grolnic and Troy Bowen — finished in eighth place.

On the girls' side, the Mustangs' 4X100 squad finished in fifth, thanks to Casia Provencal, Maya Provencal, Alina Somorin and Bri Fay.

Maya Provencal had quite the busy meet, making the finals and finishing second in both the 100 and 200-meter dash events, as well as fifth in the 100 hurdles.

On the other end of the distance spectrum, fellow Ralston Valley runner Elizabeth Schweiker took fifth in the 3200.

In field events, Dario Greco from Ralston Valley topped 6 feet and four inches, high enough for eighth place.

Pomona senior Michael Marquez just missed the podium in shot put, breaking the 50-foot mark for fourth place.

4A competition

In 4A, Zach Jesaitis ran to 16th place in the 800 meters event, while he also anchored the Green Mountain 4X400 team (Dom Danos, Caleb Neel, Alex Walker) to an eighth place finish.

In the 4X800 race, Green Mountain did even better, with the team of Thomas Diefenbach, Alex Walker, Caleb Neel and Jesaitis finishing in seventh.

The Green Mountain girls relay teams also had strong showings. The 4X800 squad of Summer Olson, Emma Berg, Mary Cate and Kasey Klocek finished ninth overall. The 800 sprint medley team also had a top-10 finish, staffed by Sofia Parisi, Aspen Randolph, Eva Hafner and also anchored by Klocek.

Sam McDonough, only a sophomore from Wheat Ridge, ran the 300 hurdles in 41.68, good enough for eighth place. Green Mountain's Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos, also a sophomore, finished the 3200 in 11th place.

Matt Tuholski of Standley Lake, finished in eighth place in the high jump.

Tiya Chamberlin from Wheat Ridge ran to seventh place in the 3200.

For the field events the highest area finisher was Eva Hafner of Green Mountain. The senior finished sixth in the high jump.

Wheat Ridge sophomore Hallie Greco cleared 9 feet and seven inches for ninth place.

Golden pole vaulter Jackson Page rose to 11th place in his event.

3A competition

Junior Harrison Tupa of D'Evelyn finished in sixth place in the 110 hurdles.

The other top-10 finish by a Jeffco athlete came when senior Carter Heekin finishing in eighth place for Faith Christian.

D'Evelyn Jaguar Esther Diza-mbelolo had a very fast meet. The senior finishedsecond in the 100 hurdles event, behind Jordan Lanning of Bayfield who set a meet record.

Diza-mbelolo finished fourth in 300 hurdles and fifth in the 100-meter sprint.

In the middle distances junior Shannon King of Faith Christian, who ran to a second place finish in the 800, and fourth place in the 1600.

Sophomore double threats Taylor and Katelyn Haerbig from D'Evelyn finished less than a second apart, in seventh and eighth place in the 3200.

The Jaguars' middle distance relay teams also had strong showings, with a second place finish in the 4X800 and seventh in the 4X400.

D'Evelyn's Marley Somers also cracked the top 10, finishing in eighth place in the high jump after clearing five feet on her second attempt.

For a complete list of state meet results, go to


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