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By Brent W. New preps@gazette.com - Published: May 15, 2014

Pine Creek's 800 relay sets Colorado high school record

Heide Baron, MacKenzie Howie, Madelyn Baron and Alleandra Watt were all a part of history on Thursday.

The Pine Creek 800-meter relay team set a Colorado prep record when it finished prelims in a time of 1:37.05 at Jefferson County Stadium.

The Eagles quashed a record that had stood for seven years, set by George Washington (1:38.09) in 2007.

Watt, the anchor, also took the top times in the 100- and 200-meter races in 5A.

Coach Max Oliver was impressed.

"I've coached a long time and this is the best one I've got to coach," Oliver said before state. "They are pretty darn good."

In boys' competition, Zachary Alhamra finished fourth in the Class 5A 3,200 with a time of 9:26 for Pine Creek.

 

L-P's Montgomery shows why she's favorite in 400, 200

Lewis-Palmer's Nicole Montgomery grabbed the top times at state preliminaries in both the 4A girls' 400 and 200 races.

In all, the Rangers junior took part in four events on the day, finishing 10th in the 100 and led the sprint medley team to the sixth-fastest time in preliminaries.

"I'm pretty tired and I'm very thankful today is over," said Montgomery, who holds the state meet record of 54.23 in the 400. "I hope I can help the team wherever possible."

Fountain-Fort Carson's Rajon O'Quinn had the second-fastest 5A girls' time in the 400 at 55.61, two weeks after she tried the event for the first time high school.

"Yeah, I'm a little surprised," she said. "But now I'm confident. I think I can kick a little more and get the win in the finals."

 

Relaxed mind helps Palmer Ridge's Malin

After tumbling over hurdles on his way to 15th place in the 4A boys' 110 hurdles last season at state, Palmer Ridge senior Evan Malin made sure to relax this time around.

Malin grabbed the second-fastest time in 4A at 14.66 seconds, only behind area-rival Kyree Gerstle-Goodman of Widefield (14.59).

Malin said it's all mental from here on out.

"I have my playlist ready and I know not to get worked up or amped up," said Malin, whose playlist features the likes of Jack Johnson, Rebelution and Bob Marley. "I'm going to relax and let my work show up on the track."

 

Manitou boys eye meet record and state title

Dustin Bohnert remembers crossing the line 0.03 seconds behind Coal Ridge on the last leg of the 3A 800 relay at last year's state meet. It was the difference between a state title and anguish.

This time the Mustangs look ready to not only take the state title but break the 3A state meet record.

With three returning members from the 2013 team, Bohnert anchored Manitou Springs to the fastest 3A boys' time of the day at 1:30.09.

"I feel like we can go even faster though," said Bohnert, whose team is trying to eclipse the state meet record time of 1:28.31. "We all think we can do it."

 

TCA girls' team can't repeat for fourth time in 3,200 relay

TCA junior Megan Percy put her team in the lead after the first leg of the 3A girls' 3,200 relay. For a while, it looked like the Titans would win their fourth straight title in the event.

Eventually, however, her team's inexperience showed in the later legs and the Titans settled for third place at 9:51.76.

"We are a little younger than when we've won the team title in the past," Percy said. "So we are happy with the result. This year isn't about winning individual titles necessarily, it's about everyone stepping up and getting points for us wherever they can."

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