Career capped: Reed ends run at Paonia with three state titles
LAKEWOOD — With less than 200 meters remaining in the girls 1,600-meter run Saturday morning, Paonia senior Johanna Reed was so far out in front of the pack that the public address announcer at Jeffco Stadium encouraged the crowd to pump up the volume as Reed made her way to the finish line.
“I could hear that. It was kind of funny,” Reed said with a laugh. “I was just trying to focus and finish up the race as hard as I could.”
She did exactly that, dominating the field by more than seven seconds to secure her third state title in two days. Reed’s time of five minutes, 17.08 seconds sent her out a winner at the Class 2A state track and field championships with five titles in four years.
On Friday she won the 800 and was on the winning 3,200 relay team. Reed also took fourth in the 3,200.
“It’s definitely an accomplishment,” the Colorado State University-bound Reed said. “Not a lot of people get to make it to state, so it’s a nice way to finish out my four years.”
The Paonia girls finished second overall in the Class 2A meet with 65 points, trailing Akron’s 82.5 points. It was a personal best for the school, a feat the boys team matched with their third-place finish behind Burlington and Wray.
The Eagle girls took sixth in the 1,600 relay and senior Jordan Rienks placed fifth in the discus. For the boys, the 400 relay placed second behind Byers by a minuscule .03 of a second. Paonia was sixth in the 1,600 relay, senior Taylor Bradford was seventh in the 300 hurdles and junior Steven Voight was eighth in the 100.
Norwood sophomore Lindsey Stindt, who became the first girl in school history to win a state championship Friday, added to her collection with a title in the 300 hurdles. Stindt edged out Limon’s Caitlyn Hubbard with a time of 45.84 seconds, helping the team to a sixth-place finish.
“I knew I had to start it out really, really fast,” Stindt said. “If not, I wouldn’t be able to finish it well. I could feel the girls behind me, so I just had to sprint through that last 100.”
Teammate Mollie Lane was a bit down after battling a stiff wind to take third in the discus with a throw of 125 feet, 7 inches.
“I was really disappointed,” the senior said. “I got my career record, so I’m not too disappointed in that, but I’ve been working really hard for a really long time. I just really wanted a state title, but I gave it my all so I’m going to have to live with it.”
Meeker sophomore Kathryn Doll capped a solid weekend by placing sixth in the 100. Doll took second in the triple jump Friday and was fifth in Thursday’s long jump. Meeker’s Colton Brown took fifth in the boys high jump and Plateau Valley’s Chase Langley was eighth. Norwood sophomore Ty Williams was fourth in the 1,600.
Cedaredge sophomore Danny Martinez tried to hold his own as the boys high jump wore on, but even his best couldn’t quite match the jumps of Weld Central’s Nathan Nadow and Faith Christian’s Hayden Loudenslager.
The final three competitors each cleared the 6-foot-5 mark on their first try, but Martinez couldn’t match the same feat at 6-6, placing third in the event at Jeffco Stadium.
Cedaredge took seventh in the 3A team race, which was won by The Classical Academy. Nadow eventually won the high jump.
“It’s just who’s got the more momentum, I guess,” Martinez said. “We were all jumping real good, it’s just who had the best pop.”
The Bruins overcame a run of bad luck to place in the top 10. Senior Geordan Brewer was leading in the 300 hurdles before tripping over a hurdle down the stretch to finish ninth. Teammate Dante Markley was seventh in the same event. Ben Brewer re-injured his hamstring during the 400 finals and placed eighth. The team placed third in the 1,600 relay.
Olathe placed third in the boys 400 relay and senior Levi Webber was seventh in the high jump. Hotchkiss freshman Jacobe Galley placed sixth in the long jump.
The Cedaredge girls finished 15th in the team standings, won in a landslide by The Classical Academy. Sophomore Sierra Williams placed fourth in the 100 and teammate Rachelle Litsheim was eighth. The Bruins took seventh in the 1,600 relay.
Williams was forced to drop out of the 200 on Friday because of a hip injury but battled through the pain Saturday. Her quadriceps muscle is tearing away from the hip, but the injury should heal with time.
“It was OK. I think that it held me back, but I tried to push through it as best as I could,” said Williams, whose father, Ty, holds the Cedaredge school record in the 100. “I was hoping to do better, but fourth is still great at state.”
Grand Valley junior Brandi Krieg placed seventh in the girls 1,600 with a time of 5:27.61. Her finish was better than she thought it would be going into the race.
“I was really, really nervous,” Krieg said. “The top 10 girls were like seconds between each other, so I knew it was going to be a fight the whole way.”
Hotchkiss took ninth in the 400 relay and senior CeCe Piper placed seventh in the 300 hurdles. Coal Ridge finished ninth in the team standings and was led by Chelyn McCain’s third-place finish in the 300 hurdles Saturday. Ashlie Bowles took seventh in the long jump.