Wednesday we have our quad meet with Boulder, Centaurus and Fairview at Boulder HS and we need 12 volunteers, no experience necessary! We are running TJ and LJ for both guys and girls. This is a fun meet as most kids know each other and it is a friendly rivalry! I have attached a meet schedule. Kids will be dismissed at 12:15, buses will leave school at 12:30. Entries will be posted at practice on Tues. Please email Coach Rieder if you can help out.
Our first meet of the 2016 Season is the Boulder Invite at Broomfield HS. A printable meet schedule can be found on the schedule page, but meets rarely run exactly on time, they can run ahead or behind, so please make sure you give yourself plenty of leeway when planning your arrival time. All athletes attending the meet should come prepared with warm clothing, snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, etc. Meet entries will be posted Thursday at practice, so please check with your athlete to see if they are attending and which event(s) they are doing.
We have been assigned the boys TJ and we need 6 volunteers to help with raking, measuring and wind gauges. NO EXPERIENCE is necessary, we will have a coach running the event. Please email Coach Rieder asap if you can help out.
A reminder to parents, no one is allowed on the infield or track, or in restricted event areas. This can cause disqualification to Monarch athletes! Parents working an event will be registered with the meet official.
Track registration is now open. You must have a current physical (they are valid for one calendar year). Don’t wait till the last minute to insure you are eligible on the first day of practice, Feb 29th!
Best of luck this season!
With the State Meet concluded, it’s that time of year when the distance kids start to focus on the Cross Country season. If you’d like to follow the MoHi XC program, click on the Cross Country arrow in the top right corner of this page.
So many things have to go right to win a State Championship. You need to be healthy, confident and it doesn’t hurt when you have the best day of your career. Such was the case for Junior Andrew Barlow as he got the State meet off to a great start for the Coyotes with a personal best vault of 16′ and his first State Championship. Andrew’s progression of nearly 2′ each year makes you wonder if the State meet record of 17′ 3″ set by Pat Manson in 1986, might come under fire next year.
Senior Ben Beauchamp placed 16th in the high jump. While not quite the result Ben was looking for, his 6′ 3″ jump earlier in the season is the new school standard at Monarch. Ben was named BoCo Preps Basketball Player of the Year this year and is off to Black Hills State to try and take his game to the next level.
Next on the track was Senior sprinter Julian Dulaney for the first of his two events, the 100 Meter Dash prelim. Julian got out of the blocks well and posted the 6th fastest time. He advanced to the finals where he would ultimately finish in 8th place to earn a spot on the podium. His 200 Meter Dash didn’t quite go as he had hoped, finishing 13th in the prelims. At last check, Julian had narrowed his college choice down to two. It will be fun to see how Julian progresses with his running career.
For Kaitlyn Benner, the 3200 Meter Run would be the first of three events for her at State. The University of Colorado bound Senior set some lofty goals coming into the season and there was no reason to believe that her goal of a running sub 11:00 wasn’t within her grasp. Kaitlyn would save her best for last and leave it all on the track to finish 5th. She had no idea what her time was as she stood with her hands on her knees on the track…her reaction when she looked up to the scoreboard and saw 10:58.83 was priceless! Kaitlyn would also compete in the 4 x 800 Meter Relay and the 1600 Meter Run where she placed 11th, a mere two seconds off the podium. Kaitlyn has been a model of consistency for the Coyotes throughout her career. Two trips to Nike Nationals, three State team titles and two first team all-state selections. It’s exciting that we get to see her running for the Buffaloes next year. That said…her ever present smile will be missed around these parts!
Senior Ashley Litoff closed out her career at Monarch with a 16th place finish in the 3200 Meter Run. Ashley played a significant role in Monarch’s three consecutive State cross country titles earning first team all-state two times. She will continue her running career in Memphis at Rhoades College next year.
Freshman Holly Bent got her first taste of the State track meet. Already a member of a State Champion cross country team and an incredible run at Nike Nationals, it was no surprise that Holly would pick up where she left off as she placed 12th in the 3200 Meter Run and 15th in the 1600 Meter Run. After an outstanding freshman year, the future looks very bright for Holly!
Next on the track was Junior Tyger Roch. The 3200 Meter Run was the first of his three races and he ran strong, finishing less than a second from his personal best as he finished in 10th place. In the 1600 Meter Run, Tyger placed 12th and ran very close to his personal best in that race as well. Tyger also ran a leg in the 4 X 800 Meter Relay. This season was the first that Tyger ran healthy and we got a glimpse of what he is capable of.
The girls 4 X 800 Meter Relay team of Kaitlyn Benner, Claire Green, Elissa Mann and Karina Mann had high hopes coming into this season. They had placed 2nd in each of the previous two seasons and hoped to stand atop the podium this year…but it wasn’t to be. The girls from Fort Collins ran a strong race and once again, the MoHi girls would finish 2nd. Would the outcome have been different if Junior Karina Mann hadn’t come down with a late season bout of Walking Pneumonia…we will never know. Congratulations to the FoCo girls!
Next on the track was the boys 4 X 800 Meter Relay team of Isaac Green, Tyger Roch, Parker Sitton and Chay Weaver. The guys also came in with high hopes as they were seeded third and had shattered the school record earlier in the season. Unfortunately, the guys hopes were dashed on the first lap when Parker Sitton got tangled up with three other runners and went down hard on the track. Parker, headed to run for Arkansas State next year, gathered himself and finished his leg…but the damage had been done. The guys finished 20 seconds off their season best in 14th place.
Day two saw Claire Green take the track in the 800 Meter Run, the second of her four events at State. Claire came in as the second seed and full of confidence having lowered her own school record on two separate occasions. Lap 1 found Claire right where she wanted to be, but it didn’t end up that way as she finished 9th. Claire would also run the 1600 Meter Run and finish in 14th place. Neither of Claire’s races at State were representative of the body of work she has completed at MoHi. Three times Claire has earned first team all-state in cross country, three times won the State team title and twice run at Nike Nationals. Claire also holds the distinction of being the only Coyote to have run in four events at State…all four years! Claire will run at the University of Arizona next season…we wish her nothing but the best!
Junior Elissa Mann also hit the track in the 800 Meter Run, one of her four events. Having put an injury laden 2013 season behind her, she too was full of confidence after running her fastest time of the season in the opening leg of the 4 X 800. Seeded 6th, she had hopes for a top five finish before settling for a spot on the podium in 7th place. Elissa also qualified for State in the 400 Meter Dash, but was scratched from the race due to the short recovery time before the 4 X 800. Elissa lowered her own school record in the 400 twice during the season. It was a strong comeback season for Elissa!
Freshman Isaac Green lined up for 800 Meter Run, the second of his three events as the fifth seed. Isaac ran a solid tactical race and put himself in position to kick down the final stretch and finished 3rd…in the process setting a new personal best. Isaac had a similar race in the 1600 Meter Run, possibly timing his kick a little late, Isaac still finished in 4th and again set a new personal best. Isaac was the fastest freshman in the state in cross country…that he was able to race so well with the top upperclassmen in track was truly impressive!
Chay Weaver also toed the line in the 1600 Meter Run. Chay came into the race seeded 12th and finished 13th. A late season bout of Strep Throat may or may not have played a role two weeks prior to State. Chay will be running for Seattle University next year.
The girls 4 X 400 Meter Relay team of Claire Green, Elissa Mann, Karina Mann and Sophomore Nathalie Tessier placed 13th. The race marked Nathalie’s first competition at the Colorado State meet. Nathalie’s family is moving to California this summer. Hopefully, Nathalie picks up where she left off…best of luck!
Senior Bryan Su placed 8th in the 100 Meter Dash Special Olympic race. Congratulations to Bryan, his effort earned him a medal and place up on the podium!
In the team standings, the girls finished in 18th place with 17 points. Both Claire Green and Kaitlyn Benner accounted for points and will be missed on next year’s team. Alison Stouffer, Georgia Reis and Karina Mann barely missed out on qualifying for events this year. All three will be looking to advance next year.
The boys placed placed 12th with 25 points. Julian Dulaney graduates as the only senior to garner points at this year’s State meet. The guys seem poised to gain on their position next season. Ben Hogan was off to a great start this season before an ill-fated accident with a tree. Both Luke Arnsberger and Logan Burgess showed promise in the Long and Triple Jumps. All three could be poised for big things next year.
So sorry for the late recap of the Conference Meet. There were a number of results that were a clear indication of things to come at State. Andrew Barlow continued to raise the bar in the pole vault, this time clearing 15′ 4″ and breaking his own school record. In the process, he came away with the win and an all-conference title. Isaac Green easily won the 800 and came away with an all-conference title as well. On this day, there was no school record for Isaac as the school record he chases was also the state record set by Kirk Webb. If you’ve seen Isaac race, it seems silly to bet against him. Only a freshman, the future is very bright for Isaac!
Overall, the team ran very well. Athletes that set a new PR are listed below. Seniors are listed in boldface…to PR in your last meet deserves recognition!
|100 Meter Dash||Kyra Blackstock|
|200 Meter Dash||Kaylee Zamastil|
|400 Meter Dash||Jensen Avey|
|800 Meter Run||Nathalie Teissier|
|1600 Meter Run||Holly Bent||Anna Hogan|
|3200 Meter Run||Holly Bent|
|100 Meter Hurdles||Julia Pereira-Schmidt|
|300 Meter Hurdles||Carly Donner||Sheridan Paul||Monica Mah|
|Long Jump||Monica Mah|
|High Jump||Alison Stouffer|
|Shot Put||Autumn Johnson|
|100 Meter Dash||Chad Sloan|
|200 Meter Dash||Julian Dulaney||Bruce Oliver|
|400 Meter Dash||Noah Pelsmaeker|
|800 Meter Run||Riley Sorbo|
|1600 Meter Run||Isaac Green|
|3200 Meter Run||Tyger Roch||Max Ruth|
|Pole Vault||Andrew Barlow||Sean Chen|
|Shot Put||Nico Heineke-Magri|
The Colorado High School Athletic Association just announced State Meet qualifiers. The State Meet is reached by having a time, jump or throw in the top 18 in the State posted throughout the season. Additionally, some athletes may qualify for more than four events and their coach much decide which event they will scratch from. When this happens, the 19th (and so on) athlete moves up in the rankings. Below is a listing of Mohi athletes, the events they qualified in and the day and time of their race at State.
On the guys side:
Andrew Barlow – Pole Vault – Thursday 5/15 – 8:30 a.m.
Ben Beauchamp – High Jump – Thursday 5/15 – 8:30 a.m.
Julian Dulaney – 100 Meter Dash – Thursday 5/15 – 9:00 a.m.
Julian Dulaney – 200 Meter Dash – Thursday 5/15 – 12:55 p.m.
Isaac Green – 800 Meter Run – Friday 5/16 – 12:55 p.m.
Isaac Green – 1600 Meter Run – Saturday 5/17 – 4:15 p.m.
Tyger Roch – 1600 Meter Run – Saturday 5/17 – 4:15 p.m.
Tyger Roch – 3200 Meter Run – Thursday 5/15 – 9:30 a.m.
Chay Weaver – 1600 Meter Run – Saturday 5/17 – 4:15 p.m.
Isaac Green, Tyger Roch, Parker Sitton & Chay Weaver – 4 X 800 Relay – Thursday – 11:55 a.m.
On the girls side:
Kaitlyn Benner – 1600 Meter Run – Saturday 5/17 – 4:05 p.m.
Kaitlyn Benner – 3200 Meter Run – Thursday 5/15 – 9:15 a.m.
Holly Bent – 1600 Meter Run – Saturday 5/17 – 4:05 p.m.
Holly Bent – 3200 Meter Run – Thursday 5/15 – 9:15 a.m.
Claire Green – 800 Meter Run – Friday 5/16 – 12:50 p.m.
Claire Green – 1600 Meter Run – Saturday 5/17 – 4:05 p.m.
Ashley Litoff – 3200 Meter Run – Thursday 5/15 – 9:15 a.m.
Elissa Mann – 400 Meter Dash – Thursday 5/15 – 11:05 a.m.
Elissa Mann – 800 Meter Run – Friday 5/16 – 12:50 p.m.
Kaitlyn Benner, Claire Green, Elissa Mann & Karina Mann – 4 x 800 Relay – Thursday – 11:40 a.m.
Claire Green, Elissa Mann, Karina Mann & Nathalie Teissier – 4 X 400 Relay – Friday – 4:00 p.m.
I’m sure a number of people are wondering why I’ve not posted any results from the first day of Leagues on Tuesday. There is an unwritten rule that League results not be published during the final week of the season until all of the League meets have been completed. All Leagues do not run their conference meet on the same days. Since participation in the State meet is dictated by having a time, jump or throw that ranks in the top 18 in the state, the knowledge of results from meets happening earlier in the week might change which event an athlete runs in their meet later in the week. This is the time of the season where coaches gamble that their athlete’s top 18 time is secure enough that they can run the athlete in a relay in hopes of qualifying the relay for State and giving more kids the opportunity to race in the State meet.
That said, another school record fell on Tuesday…stay tuned!
There were three meets contested last weekend, the JV League Championship, the St. Vrain Invitational and the Thornton Last Chance Meet. A large majority of our athletes were on the track at least once, and many ran in multiple meets. A common thread for most of the kids was that they ran their best times of the season.
Front Range JV League Championships
This meet was originally scheduled at Fairview, but was shifted up to Fort Collins at the last minute. As has been the case in many meets this spring, the wind took center stage and wreaked havoc with many of the events. The PR list:
Zach Ichiyasu and Brian Phan in the 100, Jack Herrmann and Caycee Reese in the 800, Rhett Stockebrand in the 1600, Alexa Keller in the 100 and Emily Hoffman in the 800.
St. Vrain Invitational
This meet, as mentioned previously, had a little bit of everything. Missing from last year’s meet was the jumbotron, but the entertainment value didn’t miss a beat. Sitting in the stands, watching the elite pole vaulters and clapping in unison in hopes of seeing the bar cleared gives the meet a “big time” feeling. Throw in races where the top times in the state were run and you have a special evening. The PR list:
Elissa Mann lowered her own school record in the 400 and Nathalie Teissier and Jensen Avey also ran PRs in the event. Claire Green is less than a half a second from going “sub 5” in the 1600 and once again lowered her PR. Julia Pereira-Schmidt, continued to make the most of her “exchange student” year and lowered her PR in both hurdle events, the 300 by a whopping 10 seconds. Chloe Bernard and Kyra Blackstock continued to take tenths off of the 100 and 200 and Holly Bent ran another solid 3200.
Julian Dulaney continued his strong season in the sprints, this time lowering his 200 PR…as did Cameron Quast and Sam Lopez. Cameron, along with Derek Wright also lowered his 400 PR. In the 800, Isaac Green continued his incredible freshman season with another strong race and both Greg Hibl and Riley Sorbo also lower their times. All three guys ran PRs in the 1600 with Tyger Roch nosing out Chay Weaver at the finish with Parker Sitton close behind.
Thornton Last Chance Meet
With the St. Vrain meet ending at 10:00 Friday night…this meet sneaks up on you early the next morning. That didn’t stop a few from once again saving their best for last. The PR list:
Senior Ben Beauchamp has to lead off this list. His high jump PR has been 6′ 1″ since his sophomore year. Two weeks ago, he inched up to 6′ 2 and tied the school record. And so it was, with the kick of his heels…he cleared 6′ 3″ on Saturday and wrote his name in the school record book. Kavin Wijeskekara ducked under the 12 second barrier in the 100 for the first time. Zach Ichiyasu added to his PRs in the 100 and 200 on Thursday with a PR in the 400 and Max Ruth again lowered his 1600 time.
Senior Autumn Johnson, out for track for the first time, made the most of her throws in the discus and the shot put before heading off to the Big Apple next year to study theatre. Kaylee Zamastil lowered her PR in the 200 and Jensen Avey added to her 400 PR on Friday with a PR in the 800 at this meet.
If you would like to see an athlete’s progression, click on the roster page. There you will find the athlete’s meet times from this season as well as their season bests throughout their career.
“Track Meet”…I’m not sure the term does the St. Vrain Invitational justice…it is truly an event! Year in and year out, this meet is always at the top of the list for “total track experience”. There are professional athletes competing in “All Star” events like the 100 & 200 Meter Dash as well as an All Star Mile and Pole Vault competition. They set the pole vault up in the center of the football field so it’s very fan friendly and viewable. In fact everything about the meet is fan friendly. They have a large video screen that shows races as well as race results…pretty much in real time. Additionally the announcing is done with the fan in mind…very informative and enjoyable. Mark Roberts (Lyons Coach) is the meet director and does a fantastic job along with the folks at Longmont High School to keep the meet on schedule and efficient. Typically a number of “state bests” come from this meet as the high profile meet attracts some of the top talent around.
If all of that doesn’t spark your interest, consider this, MileSplit is nationally streaming three high school meets live to their subscribers this weekend…and you guessed it…the St. Vrain Invitational is one of them.
I could go on…or you could just show up…hope to see you there.