LAKEWOOD — If you wish to find the cutthroat-iest competitors at the state track and field meet, the 3,200-meter finish line is a good place to start.

Focus on the final 200 meters. You'll find buzz cuts and ponytails you shouldn't bet a dime against.

It's where I found Kaylee Thompson. She was balled up on the grass in a heap of cramped, quaking limbs and awesome red hair, exhausted from pushing herself to the edge, if not beyond.