As good as a stopwatch

Hahn's internal clock often lines up with his official time

Fruita Monument hurdler Jacob Hahn, center, is very in tune with his body during and after a race. After winning the 300-meter hurdles at last weekend’s Mickey Dunn Invitational, Hahn said he felt he ran a time that was 0.27 hundreths of a second within what he actually ran.

Scoreboard clocks, stopwatches, AccuTrack. The first one gets you an approximation of the time you ran, the second one gets close to an accurate time, and the third one is official.

Technology is nice for gauging time, but apparently Jacob Hahn doesn’t need digital devices.

The Fruita Monument hurdler, who has run the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles in the Class 5A state track and field meet the past two seasons, has learned to read his body’s cues and estimate his times.

After Hahn won the 300 hurdles at last weekend’s Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium, he hadn’t yet heard what his winning time was when he was asked about it.

But he offered this: “I’d say 39.8-ish because I felt really tired.”

Not bad, Jacob. His official time was 39.73 seconds.


Montrose distance runner Ian Meek has a fighter’s mentality to running, but as a junior he’s figuring out winning doesn’t have to be about obliteration.

Meek, who placed second in the 3,200, third in the 1,600 and sixth in the 800 at last year’s Class 4A state track meet, won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Mickey Dunn. His time in the 1,600 of 4 minutes, 23.88 seconds rivaled the 4:23.29 he ran at state.

His 9:54.65 in the 3,200, however, was well off the 9:28 he ran at state. He had hoped to run 9:45 or better at the Mickey Dunn, but he was OK with the most important part of the race: He won.

“I didn’t run (the 3,200) with the ferocity of recent years,” he said. “I ran a smart race, and that’s something I need to learn to do is run a smart race for once.”

Meek offered a football analogy for the approach he hopes to master.

“It’s the whole concept of: What wins championships? Defense,” he said. “You have to sit back defensively and ride guys. ... I prefer just going out and running hard, but as state cross-country taught me: Do I want to win, or do I want to run hard? If you decide to run hard instead of win it, you won’t win it. That’s what happened to me last fall.”

Meek finished fourth in the 4A state cross-country meet last fall after placing third the year before.

Meek’s desire to go all-out in a race will still get met, thanks to the 800.

“That’s not even a race, that’s a sprint,” he said. “That’s the one I can run kinda the way I want to run. Go out there and try to dominate.”


Palisade thrower Katelynn Carter won the shot put at the Mickey Dunn with a personal-record throw of 34 feet, 11 inches, and that also netted the senior her first win in a meet.

She qualified for state last year, but winning in Western Slope meets is difficult when elite shot putters such as Delta’s Bryanna Music (second at 4A state two years ago) and Lily Lockhart (second at 4A state last year) have been in the field in recent years.

“Ever since I started track, I’ve been trying to beat her,” Carter said of Lockhart. “She’s insanely good.

“You want to hate her for beating you, but you can’t, because she’s so nice.”


Palisade coach Tim Reetz has said this before, and he’ll say it again and again to whoever will listen: “Coach (Dave) Stone is the best throws coach in the state. I’d take him over anyone.”

That’s nice of Reetz to say, but Stone said he’s luckier than he is good.

“I’ve been blessed to work with the kids I’ve gotten to work with every year,” he said, adding he’s been assisting at Palisade for eight years. “It makes me look better than I am, I think.”


A few other tidbits from the Mickey Dunn Invite:

■ Meek has company when it comes to placing high for the Indians in the distance races.

Sophomore Evan Graff has been finishing second to him in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, and Meek said, “Evan Graff is right there with me in the 800. He’s doing awesome.”

■ Reetz was thrilled with the Bulldogs’ Zaccre Kenward placing third in the 100 at the Mickey Dunn with a time of 11.57 seconds.

“His PR before that was 12.2 from last year,” Reetz said, adding Kenward’s time was more impressive when considering he wasn’t in the fastest heat.

■ When Grand Junction senior Brody Cupp finished second to Fruita Monument senior Nick Phillips in the 200, Cupp let out a long, loud yell during the final few meters.

Phillips laughed about it because it used to be him doing that when he was finishing behind Cupp.

“When I was a freshman, I’d yell, make weird sounds, try to catch up,” Phillips said. “He was doing the same thing to me.”

■ Grand Junction senior Jill Payne won the 400 in 58.66 seconds, leading Tigers coach Sean Henry to say, “For the first time running it hard this year, that’s not bad at all.”

Then, he qualified his remark about the senior sprinter who ran multiple races in the 5A state meet the previous two seasons.

“I have to keep things in perspective with Jill,” he said. “Some people will never run that time ever. For Jill, it’s not bad.”

■ The Tigers got a big improvement from Preston Deters in the boys discus. His toss of 132-10 was seven or eight feet better than his previous best and good for third place, Henry said.

“He works his butt off, and it paid off,” Henry said.

■ Grand Junction junior Michael White placed fourth in the long jump at 20-0.5, finishing within eight inches of the winner and impressing Henry.

“It was his first day long jumping (in a meet), and he went 20 feet,” Henry said. “That’s amazing first time out.”


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