Reed’s passion for running: ‘To be one of the top runners in Colorado is pretty cool’

Paonia’s Johanna Reed runs toward the finish line Friday to win the Class 2A girls 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.16.

LAKEWOOD — Johanna Reed started running a few years ago to get in shape for basketball.

It was a struggle at first, but now the Paonia High School senior loves it.

“I started liking it my freshman year, because I won the two-mile,” Reed said. “My junior year, I started to really like it. I went to a pretty hard (cross country camp) and the guy that was head of it made me love it.”

Her passion for running paid off Friday.

The Paonia High School senior won the Class 2A girls 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 16.16 seconds. She was .28 of a second off the state meet record (2:15.48).

“I was going for it,” she said. “That’s OK, that was my second-best time all year and I was faster than last week (at regionals).

“It’s awesome. Not many people make it here. To be one of the top runners in Colorado is pretty cool.”

Her younger sister, Chelsy, placed eighth in the 800 in 2:28.15.

Johanna Reed won the individual state title to go with the 3,200 relay title.

The Eagles are in second place with 46 points. The Akron girls lead with 57 points.

Johanna Reed, who will run for Colorado State University next year, placed fourth in the 3,200 in 11:48.19.

Paonia junior Steven Voight placed seventh in the 200 dash in 23.25 seconds.

“I was nervous starting in lane one because of the big corner,” he said. “I settled down and ran my second-best time of the year.”

Paonia took third in the boys 800 relay in 1:32.66. Wray won the state title with a state record time of 1:30.11.

The Paonia girls placed fifth in the 800 relay in 1:50.80. Holyoke won the race in a state record time of 1:45.69. Dolores was fourth.

Norwood’s Lindsey Stindt, who won a state title in the long jump Thursday, placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.47) and qualified for the finals in the 300 hurdles with a second-best time of 47.43 seconds.

Norwood’s Ty Williams took second place in the 3,200-meter run. Trevor Walters of Paonia finished fourth.


Coal Ridge’s Chelyn McCain took second place in the 100 hurdles in 15.40 seconds. CeCe Pieper of Hotchkiss took sixth in 16.10 seconds.

“I wanted to make an impression and go out with a bang,” McCain said.

McCain used to be a mile runner, but decided last year to try hurdles for the first time since middle school. She qualified for state and placed fourth.

Coal Ridge teammate Ashlie Bowles placed sixth in the triple jump with a personal record 34 feet, 11½ inches. The Coal Ridge junior was pleased, considering this is her first year in track and field.

“My last (jump) is usually the best,” Bowles said. “I think I finally got it in my head this is my last time this year. I think that’s what fueled me.”

Bowles played on the soccer team that was eliminated by St. Mary’s in the Class 3A state quarterfinals Wednesday night.

“I’m really happy with my first year of track,” Bowles said. “I didn’t know anything about it. I was just a soccer player. It’s cool I have something new.”

Bowles will compete in the long jump today and is on two relay teams.

Shelby Crosby of Cedaredge placed third in the discus with a throw of 109 feet, 5 inches.

Cedaredge brothers Ben and Geordan Brewer each medaled.

Ben Brewer took second place in the 200 dash in 22.66 seconds. The winner, Devon White of Machebeuf, broke a 3A state meet record with a time of 21.97 seconds.

“I thought it was a good race for me,” said Brewer, who holds the school record in the event. “I wanted this race so bad, I think I tried too hard and was a little tight.

“I’m happy I worked this hard all year to do this at state.”

Geordan Brewer placed sixth in the 110 hurdles in 15.41 seconds. It was his second-fastest time, he said.

“I wasn’t running my best, but I’m happy how I did,” he said. “I caught a hurdle with my trail leg and almost fell over. I saw a kid next to me and pushed myself.”

Olathe took third in the boys 800 relay in 1:31.07 and Cedaredge was fourth (1:31.38).

Coal Ridge placed eighth in the girls 800 relay (1:49.19) and Cedaredge was ninth (1:50.20).


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