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Yeager, Marquardt and Bundick Take Metro League Titles
5/10/13- Holy Family HS
The Faith Christian Eagles stormed the track at Holy Family in hopes of qualifying many for the state championships the following week. Like so many weeks prior however, the weather stormed right back! The first day of competition was delayed by rain and lightning only to see the event cancelled and rescheduled for the Friday to come.
When the dust settled, the Boy’s team finished in 4th and the Girl’s in 7th. Moriah Rudiger cruised through preliminary heats of the 100 meter hurdles while Candace Lowe and Taylor Barton qualified for finals in the 100 meters. Breana Rudiger and Laura-Li Gaide raced in the 800 meters, with Bre lowering her PR to 2:39.50. In the boys 800 meters Luke Yeager repeated as league champion with a 2:00.29 while Alex Fox and Asher Voris set new PRs in 2:12.48 and 2:22.15, respectively.
When running events resumed on Friday Moriah Rudiger was back on the track for the 100 meter finals and set a new PR of 19.37, placing fourth. Grayland Balmer followed up with a PR of 16.54 in the 110 meter hurdles, good for 3rd place. Taylor Barton raced to a 11.67 in the 100 meters, just off his PR, and also good for 4th place. Next up was the girls 1600 meters, with Hannah Payne and Bre Rudiger running great races and Bre lowering her PR to 6:05.01. In the boys 1600 James Marquardt took command of the race from the run, leading from wire to wire and lowering his PR to 4:39.68. Andre Renfrow was not far behind, lowering his PR to 4:54.87. The 3200 meters saw James Marquardt, Josh Marquardt and Brandon Martine giving it their all. Josh and Brandon lowered their PRs to 11:12.78 and 11:45.37, while James finished in 5th place in a time of 10:30.74 – he just did not have enough recovery time after his 1600 meter effort.
Activities on the track culminated in pair of thrilling 4 x 400 relay races. On the girls side, Jordan Tisdall came back from injury to lead off in 66.3, Candace Lowe followed with a 67.0, Bre added a 67.4 and young Kaila Rudiger ran a stellar anchor leg of 63.9, the fastest 400 meters (open or split) by a lady Eagle this year. Their time of 4:24.57 puts them at #10 on the top ten list and was a fourteen second improvement on their previous best time of the season. Then the boys team took to the track knowing that they needed a significant improvement in their time to make the state meet. Alex Fox led off with a solid 55.6, Andrew Renfrow followed with a 56.2, Brit Naas came through with a 54.6 (just off of his PR) and Luke Yeager ran a sold anchor leg of 52.8 for a combined time of 3:39.36, placing them #8 on the top ten list and qualifying them for a spot in the state meet.
Grayson Bundick repeated as League Champion in both events. His discus was a little off of his previous season best but his shot put was another post surgery PR at 47-9. This was significant, as he had not thrown the 12lb shot for nearly 2 weeks due to an elbow injury. Grayson was voted Metro League Field Event Athlete of the Year. Tex Ritter was gunning for a spot in the State Championships in the discus but fell a bit short. He had a monster throw of 138 feet, which would have qualified him easily, but he was not able to hold the throw in side the 8-foot circle. He finished in 3rd place. Connor McCain showed up big and threw a PR in the shot at 42-9 which was just short of state qualifying distance but good enough for 4th overall. Both Connor and Tex had remarkable first years in throwing. We expect big things from both of them next year. Freshman Zac Schulstad continued to impress late in the year with PR’s in both events. He took 8th in the discus at 108 feet.
Lindsay Lake continued her stellar season by taking 2nd in the shot and throwing a PR 34-3. She took 4th in the discus as well. Lindsay qualified for state in both events!
The jumps were led by Jacob Schreiner who took 7th in the long jump and 4th in the triple jump. Trevor Olsen also took 6th in the Long Jump. Kaila Rudiger tied for 8th in the long jump as well.
The final seedings for those who qualified for state are still being tabulated but we expect at a minimum we will see Grayson Bundick, Luke Yeager, James Marquardt, Grayland Balmer and Lindsay Lake. Hopefully we will see our relays make the cut as well.
Come on out to see the state championship contested right here in Arvada at Jeffco Stadium. Action begins Thursday the 16th and goes through Saturday the 18th. The schedule can be found at: http://www.chsaa.org/sports/track/pdf/2013_TIME_SCHEDULE.pdf
Boys Tie for First At Metro League JV Championships
5/7/13- Peak to Peak HS
In a show of strength among the future stars of the Metro League, the boy’s team took first place in 4 different events. The boy’s 4x800 squad led things off with Asher Voris, Jordan Nicks, Josh Marquardt and Brandon Martine brought home the gold. Nick Lamb showcased his athleticism by winning the 300 hurdles and the high jump. He also notched a second place finish in the 100 meters.
The Throws saw a new star emerge. Freshman Zac Schulstad won the shot put and beat several upperclassmen in the process. He was just under his PR in that event but upped his discus PR by a staggering 23 feet to take second overall. Zac’s performance qualified him for the 3rd slot in the Varsity Metro League Championship the following day.
The girl’s lone victor was Avi Anemaet in the high jump. She jumped considerably well with a PR of 4-6. Tori Davidson threw a PR in the shot put at 24-3/4 taking fourth on the day. Allie Poeling took 5th in the 1600 to round out the scoring. The event was cut short by lightning or the girls would have scored a few more!
Peak Performances at the Tiger Tornado
5/4/13- Holy Family HS
After weeks of snow cancellations and rescheduled meets it was a pure joy to compete in such awesome conditions. The Faith Tracksters took advantage of the day and turned in some stellar performances!
The ranks of our female runners were thinned by illness, but team Rudiger made up for the small numbers with several PR’s. Moriah led off the running events by lowering her 100 meter hurdle PR to 19.76 and followed that with a PR of 31.45 in the 200 meters. Younger sister Kaila took it up another notch with PRs of 13.54 in the 100 meters, a 2 second PR of 66.32 in the 400 meters and another PR of 28.35 in the 200 meters. What do they feed these girls? Kaila’s 100 Meter time was good enough for 10th all time at Faith.
On the boys side, Grayland Balmer opened the running events with a PR of 16.81 in the 110 meter hurdles placing him in 17th spot on the state leaderboard and moving up on spot to #6 on the Faith top ten list. Taylor Barton tied his 100 meter PR of 11.64 in the 100 meters to place second, while Britton Naas lowered his 200 meter PR to 24.64 and Zach Steitz reduced his 400 meter PR to 55.66. On the distance side, James Marquardt led the way with a new PR of 4:41.25 in the 1600 and a season best time of 10:21.96 in the 3200, leaving him ranked 15th and 16th in state in these events. Andrew Renfrow notched a PR of 5:01.32 in the 1600, Asher Voris PR’d in the 800 at 2:22.75 and Josh Marquardt PRd in the 3200 with a 11:33.64.
Versatile Kaila Rudiger led a depleted jumpers crew with a 14-1.5 in the long jump. She finished 10th overall.
The throwers had a great day at their favorite venue. Lindsay Lake brought home a silver in the shot put and a bronze in the discus. Her discus toss was a PR of 100-8 and moved her up to 12th in the state where she is also ranked in the shot put. Freshman Zac Shulstad bombed a 4 foot PR in the shot put, tossing a 36-3/4 and moving him to the 9th spot n the state among 3A freshman shot putters. Not to be outdone, Junior Jacob Lodwig turned in a 2 foot PR and threw 36-1 and finished in 14th place overall.
The boy’s discus was battle right down to the last throw of the competition. Grayson Bundick threw a season best 143-11.5 on his first throw and seemed to have the victory secured from the start. Buena Vista rival Daniel Carr had other ideas and went off on his last throw, tossing a 145-7 to take the lead. After a quick congratulatory fist-bump from Grayson to Daniel, Grayson calmly walked into the ring and threw 146-7 to win the event on his last throw of the day! Grayson is now #3 in the state with that toss.
The boys finished in 6th place overall and the girls were close behind at 8th. Next week marks the League Championships for both the JV and Varsity squads. The JV will compete on 5/7 at Peak to Peak starting at 3:30pm and the Varsity are at Holy Family on 5/8 and 5/10 beginning at 3:00pm. Come on out and show your support of these great athletes!
Holy Family Pre-Prom Invite Proves Productive for Eagles
4/24-25/13- Holy Family HS
The weather once again disrupted schedules and forced the HF Pre-Prom meet to be split into a two day affair. The runners and jumpers and hurdlers all competed on Wed as planned but the throwers had to be moved to Thursday due to muddy conditions.
Our runners led off the meet with a pair of interesting 4 x 800 relays. Allie Poeling made her 800 meter debut with an eye opening 2:47 leg. On the boys side, Asher Voris turned heads with a 2:23 split, just ahead of Brandon Martine’s 2:27. Grayland Balmer followed with a PR of 17.09 in the 110 meter hurdles and keeping him in the running for the state meet. Britton Naas notched a PR of 12.06 in the 100 meters before our 1600 meter runners exploded: James Marquardt took second place while Breana Rudiger (6:09.45) Annelise Aschfort (7:15.40, a twenty second PR), Faith Shull (7:18.86) and Matthew Judson (5:13.57) all notched PRs. A pair of debuts were made with Kaila Rudiger recording a 68.09 in the 400 and Candace Lowe at 2:46.10 in the 800. Other 800 meter highlights included Hannah Payne running a season best 2:41.19, Luke Yeager winning the boys 800 in a season best 2:01.28 and Andrew Renfrow establishing a PR of 2:09.04. In the 200 the Steitz duo of Zach and Rachel ran to PRs of 25.99 and 32.58, respectively. We sent three boys to the line in the 3200 meters, with James Marquardt leading the way in 10:38.21, while Brandon Martine set a twenty-five second PR in 11:56.93. The 4 x 400 teams finished the meet with a pair of 8th place finishes, led by Hannah Payne and Alex Fox in splits of 68.5 and 57.3.
The throwers enjoyed great conditions and rose to the occasion with several PR’s. Grayson Bundick continued to show glimpses of his pre-surgery form by winning both events with season bests. His discus was 141-6 and he had a throw at 145 feet that was just outside the sector. He followed with another foot improvement in the shot put at 47-5 ¼. Tex Ritter also chipped in with Pr’s in both events. He threw 128-6 and 34-8. His discus toss was good enough for 3rd place. Lindsay lake had a good day as well with a 4th place in the discus and a 5th in the shot. Her discus toss was a PR and good enough for 4th best all time. She is ranked in the top 18 in both events.
The boys took 4th place overall with 53 points and the girls finished 16th.
Monster Liberty Bell Invitational Brings Valuable Experience
4/26-27/13- Littleton Public Schools Stadium
The size of the Liberty Bell Invitational seems to have grown beyond any meet in the state. With no less than 66 schools in attendance, it is hard to believe how anyone could host a meet of that size effectively. The throws events had 8 flights of 12, which amounts to a staggering 96 throwers competing. As a result the boys discus event could not be completed before darkness. With many of the previous flights enjoying great conditions, the best of the best in the 8th flight were forced to throw in colder and considerably darker conditions. When the meet officials called the event for safety reasons, the finals had to be scheduled for the following morning. A first in all my years of coaching and throwing!
Grayson took advantage of the situation and threw 142-5 for another post surgery PR. He finished 8th overall. Lindsay Lake and Tex Ritter were near their PR’s in the discus at 97-5 and 127-11 respectively.
The jumpers were led by Trevor Olsen and Jacob Schriener. Trevor went huge in the long jump by hitting 19-2 ¾ and moving to #9 all time at Faith. This was nearly a 3 foot improvement from where he was a week ago! Jacob went 39-9 ¾ in the triple jump and improved on his #8 ranking all time. Coach Barnett, Coach Perkins and Coach Neiderer have done great things with the jumpers this year.
Our sprinters took to the track on Friday night. In the 200 meters Britton Naas lowered his PR to 25.12 while Kaila Rudiger lowered hers to 29.11. The 400 meters saw Candace Lowe set a PR at 66.86 while Breana Rudiger made her debut in 68.64. Then Grayland Balmer made a statement of his own, running the 300 meter hurdles in a PR of 44.59, a 1.2 second improvement and taking over the 8th spot on the top ten list. On Saturday our distance runners hit the track, beginning the day with the 1600 meters and Hannah Payne dropping her PR by another eight seconds, clocking 5:58.55. That is eighteen seconds off her PR in just two weeks! Luke Yeager and James Marquardt represented Faith in the 1600, with Luke taking 6th place while lowering his PR to 4:31.75. In the 800 meters Breana Rudiger ran an aggressive race and took six seconds off her PR, finishing in 2:40.37, the leading time for a FCA lady eagle this year. Andrew Renfrow finished the track action for our squad, running 2:11.40 in the 800 meters.
Next week will be the close of the season for many of our younger athletes with the Metro League JV Championships this Wednesday. The Varsity will see action at the HF Tiger Tornado meet on Saturday.
EAGLES SOAR AT ROBERT F. CAVINESS INVITATIONAL
4/20/13- AURORA PUBLIC SCHOOLS STADIUM
The Eagles travelled to Aurora for the first time in many years to participate in what used to be called “The Aurora Relays”. This year’s meet featured a few Paralympic events and a lap for Boston and those affected by the tragic events there. 9 News was in attendance and our very own Luke Yeager was featured after turning in one of his best meets in recent memory. The weather was fantastic and our athletes responded with numerous PR’s and Top Ten performances.
The Jumpers had a great day with Jacob Schreiner and Kaila Rudiger turning in career bests. Jacob jumped 38-1/2 and 18-2. He took 7th in the Triple Jump and is now ranked #8 All Time at Faith. Kaila went 15-1/2 and is just outside of the Top Ten. She placed 5th overall.
Our hurdlers, Moriah Rudiger and Grayland Balmer, were the first Eagles on the track. Moriah competed in the 100 meter hurdles and took 5th place, lowering her PR to 19.92, and climbing to #8 on the FCA top ten list. Grayland Balmer placed second in the 110 meter hurdles with a PR of 17.27, good for 7th on the top ten list, then lowered his 300 meter hurdles PR to 45.73, an improvement of 1.2 seconds, placing 4th in the meet. Not to be outdone, our sprinters ran some great races, led by Jordan Tisdall’s blazing new 400 meter PR of 64.92 and Candace’s new PR of 68.09. Britton Naas, Trevor Olsen, Kaila Rudiger, Jordan and Candace all established new PRs in the 100 meters while Trevor, Candace, Kaila and Ryan Kemplin all lowered their PRs in the 200 meters.
The distance group also had a number of great performances. Laura-Li Gaide and Hannah Payne led off by competing in the 1600 (placing 6th and 4th), with Laura-Li recording a season best time and Hannah taking an amazing 9 seconds of her previous best, running a 6:06.71. Both Hannah and Laura-Li ran strong 800 meter races, finishing in 2:46 and 2:50. The Faith boys placed first and second in the 1600, with Luke Yeager placing first in a PR of 4:31.81 followed by James Marquardt in a PR of 4:43.61 (good for 10th place on the top ten list), while Matthew Judson dropped his PR by five seconds, running 5:16.80. Andrew Renfrow, 2nd place, and Alex Fox, 4th place, ran strong 800 meter races in 2:10 and 2:14, both one second PRs. Luke, James and Josh Marquardt finished off the action on the track, with Luke winning the 3200 with a PR of 10:17.50, James placing third and Josh running a season best time of 10:39.44.
Not to be outdone, the throwers made some noise just outside the track. Grayson Bundick continued his campaign to regain his pre-ACL form. He notched wins in both events and moved his season best in the shot put up another foot to 46-8. Connor McCain had a HUGE day by improving his Shot Put by nearly 4 feet! His work indoors to improve on some technical flaws really paid of big for him. Connor took 2nd in the event. Tex Ritter had an equally impressive day by notching PR’s in both events. His discus toss was a 12 foot improvement and moved him to 19th in the state and #10 All Time at Faith. Lindsay Lake had a solid day with a 3rd in the shot and 4th in the discus. Her marks were right there among her career bests. Tori Davidson equaled her Shot PR and was near her best in the Discus.
The Eagles return to Holy Family for the Pre-Prom Invitational on Wednesday, April 24 and then close the week out at The Liberty Bell Meet at Littleton Public Schools Stadium on April 26-27.
MASSIVE POMONA INVITATIONAL STRETCHES EAGLES TO IMPROVED PERFORMANCES
4/12-13 JEFFCO INVITATIONAL
With 33 schools in attendance and many of them among the best in the state, the Pomona Invitational had the feel of a State Championship event. The first day was a very cold and very windy affair with many marks below their normal. Saturday warmed up considerably and the heat helped the meet shift to a higher gear.
Our sprinters were out in force on Friday night, with Moriah Rudiger leading off by recording a new PR of 20.79 in the 100 meter hurdles. Taylor Barton, Trevor Olsen and Kaila Rudiger all competed in the 100 meter preliminaries, with Trevor hitting a PR of 12.18. We had five team members in the 200 meters, with Candace Lowe and Kaila Rudiger both notching PRs. Grayland Balmer ran a strong 300 meter hurdle race, lowering his PR to 46.95. In the 400 meters we lined up Luke Yeager, Britton Naas, Cory Rogers, Jordan Tisdall, Candace Lowe and Hannah Payne, with Luke notching a PR of 53.58 seconds and Jordan and Candace PRing in 66.34 and 68.16, respectively. James finished our Friday night performances on the track by running a season best 10:34.86 in the 3200.
Taylor Barton and Kaila Rudiger led the jumpers. Both jumpers notched PR’s with Taylor launching a foot further to 18-1. Kaila improved to 13-5.5. Grayson Bundick again led the throwers as he continued to take steps toward his last season form. Grayson took 8th in the discus and 6th in the shot put. His shot put was another foot further than his previous meet and 3 feet further than his season best a week ago. Lindsay Lake had a solid meet with a 31-9.75 and a 93-5.
Next stop is the rescheduled Holy Family Post Easter Invite. It will replace the League Relays that were slated for this Wednesday the 17th of April. The current weather report is not favorable so don’t be surprised if this one gets bumped to Thursday and hopefully not Friday as we have the Faith Promise Dinner that night.
BOYS WIN THEIR 2ND METRO LEAGUE MEET - GIRLS TAKE 3RD
4/11/13 HOLY FAMILY HS
In a relatively small contest with just 5 schools participating, the Faith tracksters showed some muscle. The meet had to be rescheduled and relocated due to weather. The original location was to be at Peak to Peak but snow forced the new venue.
The boys were led by newly cleared for sports activity-Grayson Bundick. Grayson won both throwing events and set season bests in both events. Grayson is making excellent progress in returning to his pre-ACL tear performances. He threw the discus 140-4.5 and his shot mark was a 2 foot improvement to 44-7. The foursome of Alex Fox, Josh Marquardt, Matthew Judson and Andrew Renfrow won the 4x800 and in an exciting last second finish, the team of Taylor Wagner, Matt Payne, Ryan Kemplin and Alex Fox took the 4x100. Renfrow also won the 1600 meters and James Marquardt showed his versatility with a victory in the triple jump. Jack Corrette rounded out the victors with a win in the 110 hurdles.
The girls were led by season point leader Lindsay Lake. Lindsay brought in 14 points with a victory in the shot put and a second place finish in the discus. Moriah Rudiger was close behind with a 13 point tally. Moriah won the 100 meter hurdles and was 3rd in the 200 and 5th in the 100 meters. Bre Rudiger was close behind with three 3rd place finishes in the 800, 1600 and 3200. Now that is a lot of running for one afternoon! Laura Li Gaide took second in the 1600 and Avi Anemaet took 3rd in the high jump.
The meet kicked of what would be a very busy weekend. Three straight days of track and field with the Pomona Invitational contesting Friday and Saturday
4/5/13 French Field-Rocky Mountain HS
Early in September of last year, Grayson Bundick enjoyed a short stint as the Faith Christian quarterback. On a night where he had thrown for a 70 yard touchdown and ran for nearly as many, Grayson sustained a year ending ACL tear in his right knee. Many wondered if Grayson would be able to throw again, but Grayson never waivered. Through much prayer and hard work, his knee was finally ready and when he stepped into the discus ring Friday at French Field, he knew this was a great victory. He let the discus fly and it was a perfect throw. He pointed skyward and a broad smile flashed across his face. He was back! Grayson ended the event in sixth place and threw a PS-PR (post surgery personal record) of 135-9.5. The shot put proved to be more difficult as fatigue began to set in. Grayson uncharacteristically fouled his first two attempts but came through with a mental victory on his third throw to toss 42-4.75 PS-PR.
Our boys runners also had a PR kind of day - Grayland Balmer lowered his 110 meter hurdle PR to 17.5, cracking the top ten list at #8 and ranked 18th in state. In the 100 meters, Taylor Barton, Britton Naas and Trevor Olsen all established new PRs, with Taylor’s 11.64 taking fourth place in the meet and ranking him #11 in state. In the 200 Taylor and Trevor both set PRs, with Taylor again placing fourth overall and his time of 23.79 ranking him #13 in state. Tyler Yocum and Grayland Balmer both established new PRs in the 300 meter hurdles, with Tyler’s 44.92 placing him at #8 on the Faith top ten list. In the 400 meters Britton Naas and Cory Rogers both set new PRs, with Britton’s 54.40 ranking him #21 in state and Cory showing real grit and finishing strong. In the 800 meters Andrew Renfrow and Matthew Judson both had great races and both set new PRs, Andrew running a great race from the front before being clipped at the line and Matthew taking an amazing twelve seconds off his previous PR. The boys 4X400 relay closed out the day with a season best of 3:48.4 that was good enough for #8 on the top ten and #13 in the state. Alex Fox, Andrew Renfrow, Britton Naas and Tyler Yocum ended up taking 5th place in the final race of the day.
Not to be outdone, our girls made some noise of their own, with Moriah Rudiger establishing a new PR in the 100 meter hurdles, followed by new PRs in the 200 meters by Jordan Tisdall, Candace Lowe and Kaila Rudiger. Following in her sisters’ footsteps, Breana Rudiger established a new PR in the 800 meters while Hannah Payne lowered her season best in the 800 by four seconds. Laura-Li Gaide got in on the fun by establishing a new season best in the 1600, and the 4 x 400 team of Jordan Tisdall, Breana Rudiger, Hannah Payne and Candace Lowe rounded out the fun by running a season best time of 4:38.31, taking the #10 spot on the FCA top ten list and ranked 16th in state.
Lindsay Lake had a career best day in setting PR’s in both events. She tossed 33-3.75 in the shot for fourth place and followed with a 96-4 in the discus for 7th place. She is ranked 10th in the state in the shot. Torianna Davidson also notched a PR in the discus with a 76-9. Kevin Hawkins also threw a PR in the discus at 103-4 and Jacob Lodwig tossed a career best 33-11 in the shot put.
The jumpers were all near their season bests with Corey Rogers equaling his PR at 5-4 in the high jump. Corey finished just out of scoring territory with a 10th place finish. It was a similar story for Jacob Schriener in the triple jump. Jacob jumped just inches below his best at 37-5.75 and finished in 9th place overall.
Next up will be the busiest week of the season with meets scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. With the looming snowstorm, things could get pretty interesting! Come on out and support the team and be sure to verify with the school of any schedule changes.
Eagle Boys Rack up 169 Points For First Win – Girls Take Second! Metro League Meet
3/19/13 – Peak to Peak HS
The depth of the 2013 Faith Christian Track squad was on display at the first Metro League contest of the season. With 60 athletes out for Track this season, it was nice to see Eagles competing in nearly every event. There are sprinters, jumpers, throwers and distance runners in abundance this year and the point totals at the end of the meet reflected that reality.
While the performances at the league meet do not count towards the State Meet qualification process, there were some good indications of success on the horizon. The girls scored 118 points and took first in seven different events. Candace Lowe scored 22.5 points via victories in the 100 meters and the Long Jump. Her jump landed her at #9 on the Faith Top Ten list. She also was part of the winning 4x400 relay to wrap up her day. Lindsay Lake won both of here events with a big PR in the shot put- 32-1 ¼. She moved to #5 all time at Faith with that effort. Her discus toss was a narrow victory by 1 ½ inches and was a season best 88-1 ½. Her teammate Torianna Davidson also threw a season best and took 4th in the discus.
Team Rudiger (Kaila, Moriah & Breana) scored 31 points and helped the girls in a big way toward their second place finish. Kaila scored 14.5 points by virtue of her 3rd place finishes in the 400 and the long jump. She was also part of the winning 4x400 team. Breana was 2nd in the 1600 meters and was part of the winning 4x400 and the 2nd place 4x800 relay teams. Moriah finished 4th in the 100M Hurdles.
Faith Shull won the 3200 meter race and Laura-Li Gaide took 2nd in the 800 meters. Aviendha Anemaet won the high jump with a 4-4PR. She also was 4th in the long jump.
The boys were led by first year sprinter Taylor Barton. With victories in the 100 and 200 meters, Taylor brought in 20 points. Close behind was first year thrower Tex Ritter. Tex won the discus with a 110-3 ¼ PR. He also took second in the shot put with a PR of 33-7 ½. Markus Jones was close behind in the discus with a PR 109-3 ¼ for 2nd place. Isaac Salguero also threw a PR and took 4th and Kevin Hawkins took 5th with Jacob Lodwig taking 6th. Connor McCain tossed a PR in the shot put at 38-9 and it was good enough to win the event.
Luke Yeager looked very strong in his two events. He took the 800 meters in a season best 2:02.0 and he anchored the winning 4x400 with a blazing 52.20 anchor leg! Grayland Balmer had a huge day in the 110M hurdles as he ran a 16.97 PR to take all comers. He also scored a 4th place finish and another PR in the 300 hurdles. Andrew Renfrow was a strong contributor with 11 points. He took 2nd in the 3200 and was part of the 3rd place 4x100 team and the 3rd place 4x800. Now that is what we call having range- 100 meters to 3200 meters! First year sprinter Britton Naas is rounding into shape with a 2nd place finish in the 400 meters and a key leg in the winning 4x400 relay. Tyler Yocum took 3rd in the 300 Hurdles and ran a PR in the 100 meters for 6th.
After some much needed Spring Break rest, the Eagles will again take the track at French Field At Rocky Mountain HS in Fort Collins on 4/5/13.
Passing the Baton to a Brand New Season!
3/16/13 -Jeffco Stadium
The 2013 version of the Faith Christian Eagles Track Teams were on display at the venue that will host the State Championship in May- Jeffco Stadium. With a larger team than previous years, the relays were well represented and batons were moving all over the 9-lane oval.
The Faith girls runners had a great start to the season, with top individual performers led by Breana Rudiger 2:47.23 and Hannah Payne 2:49.77 in the 800 meters, ranked #15 and #18 in state, respectively. Laura-Li Gaide also opened her season well, completing the 1600 meters in 6:16.71 and currently ranked #18 in state. On the relay teams: The 4 x 100 relay team of Jordan Tisdall, Bre Rudiger, Kaila Rudiger and Candace Lowe clocked a 56.44 and is currently ranked #10 in state, while the 4 x 200 relay team of Jordan Tisdall, Hannah Payne, Kaila Rudiger and Candace Lowe clocked a 1:58.51 and is currently ranked #5 in state. The 4 by 400 team of Laura-Li Gaide, Bre Rudiger, Hannah Payne and Jordan Tisdall finished the day by clocking 4:45.30, good for #9 in state, with Jordan blazing a 67.90 second anchor leg.
On the boys side we had a number of positive surprises from new members of our sprinting group. Taylor Barton ran 12.05 in the 100 meters and followed it up with a 24.24 in the 200 meters, currently third in state. Brittan Naas had a busy day running 12.12 in the 100, followed by a stellar 55.95 in the 400 meters and a 25.34 in the 200, both of which have him ranked #11 in state. Trevor Olsen blazed a 25.37 in the 200 meters and is currently sitting 12th in state. Junior Luke Yeager began his season well, clocking 4:41.46 in the 1600 meters and 2:06.15 in the 800 meters, ranking him third and fourth in state, respectively. Tyler Yocum and Grayland Balmer, both newcomers to the 300 hurdles ran 46.37 and 47.92 to rank #13 and #17, respectively. On the relay side of things, our boys squad ran 48.60 in the 4 by 100 for ninth place in state and our 4 x 400 squad of Alex Fox, Grayland Balmer, Andrew Renfrow and Tyler Yocum ran 3:51.70, currently sixth in state.
In the jumps, Jacob Schreiner led the way with a 2 foot PR at 37-10. His effort moved him to #9 All Time at Faith and he is currently ranked ninth in the state as well. He finished in fifth place on the day. Corey Rogers also notched a fifth place finish in the High Jump at 5-4. He is tied with several others at the eighth slot in the state. The Long Jump boys did not place in the meet but Jacob Schreiner, Taylor Barton and Trevor Olsen ended up at 16th, 18th and 19th in the state respectively.
The girls jumps were also well represented with Aviendha Anamaet jumping 4-0 for eighth place and 19th in the state. In the Long Jump, Kaila Rudiger jumped 13-5 to take the second place medal and eleventh overall in the state. Candace Lowe jumped 13-0 for fourth place and she is right behind Kaila at twelfth in the state.
The throws were seasoned with several athletes competing in their first track meet and for the most part they faired pretty well. Lindsay Lake was among the few veterans and she brought home the only medal from the group, taking third in the shot put. She is ranked 12th in the state in the shot and 15th in the discus. Connor McCain improved on nearly every throw and just missed eighth place in the shot put. He is ranked ninth in the state in that event. Diego Armenta led the boys in the discus at 104-5 and 15th in the state. Tex Ritter was close behind at 101-6 and the 19th spot in the state.
Both teams scored 45 points with the boys finishing fifth and the girls in sixth.
Next stop will be at Peak to Peak HS on Tuesday the 19th of March. Come watch your Eagle Tracksters compete!