Paonia’s Reed barely loses in 800-meter run
LAKEWOOD — Johanna Reed looked down at her watch as she crossed the finish line of the 800-meter run in Friday’s finals of the Class 2A state track & field championships at Jefferson County Stadium, a hint of disappointment on her face.
Reed put on a hard charge down the home stretch but couldn’t catch Fleming’s Ashley Atkin, finishing second
“I was just a second off,” the Paonia High School junior said, more disappointed in her time than in being the runner-up.
“It’s OK,” she said, crediting Atkin. “She had a better kick.”
Rangely’s Audrey Hogan finished fourth.
Reed’s finished the race in 2 minutes, 23.46 seconds.
“I was trying to break 2:20,” she said. “It’s (still) my best time of the year so that feels good.”
Reed couldn’t complain too much. On Thursday she anchored the winning 3,200-meter relay team.
“(It’s been) a very good meet,” she said.
Reed capped off her day Friday by finishing fifth in the 3,200 run, a race won by Crested Butte sophomore Erin Kelly, who took the lead from defending state champion Tara Richardson on the second lap.
“I held back on the first lap. After that I thought I’d jump out and try to set the pace,” Kelly said.
She did, winning by 29 seconds in 11:30.27, the best 2A time in the state this season.
“I’m excited,” Kelly said of winning her first state title.
Scott Coyle of Plateau Valley finished fourth, Jack Linehan of Crested Butte eighth and Brock Cambell of Meeker ninth in the boys 800.
Norwood’s Lindsey Stindt took third in the girls 100 hurdles.
Stindt’s teammate, Stryker Lane, added another gold medal to his impressive collection, winning the discus with a throw of 154 feet, 4 inches.
Roaring Fork’s Tyler Thompson won a state title in the triple jump by more than 2½ feet with a leap of 46 feet, 9.25 feet, his personal best by two feet.
“I always do this,” Thompson said of peaking during regional and state meets.
After finishing second by a half foot at last year’s state meet, “It definitely pushed me to do well,” he said. “I wanted to redeem myself for taking second last year.”
Colton Cowan of Grand Valley took second in the boys 110-meter hurdles by one hundredth of a second to Strasburg’s Kameron Weber.
Cody Watkins of Hotchkiss was sixth and Conner Roper of Basalt eighth in the boys 800 meters.
Three Western Slope hurdlers placed in the girls 100 finals. Chelyn McCain of Coal Ridge took fourth, Lindsay Hart of Gunnison fifth and Erin Vanderpool of Grand Valley ninth.