Fri May 25th, 2018
Special to the Drum
Tags: 2018 CHSAA State Track & Field Championships, Austin Ficken, Class 2A boys’ shot-put, Darrin Young, Elco Garcia Jr., Ignacio Bobcats, Jeffco Stadium, Jonas Nanaeto, Natoni Cundiff, Patrick Scoggins
Thrower eighth in shot, runner 10th in the 800
Ranking eighth after his first try inside Jeffco Stadium, Ignacio senior Natoni Cundiff ended up neither better nor worse in the final Class 2A boys’ shot-put standings after unsuccessfully trying to surpass his initial 43-foot, 4-inch effort.
Ellicott senior Jacob Tu’ufuli won the 2018 CHSAA State Track & Field Championships’ Day 1 specialty with a maximum of 48’8.75” on the third of his six tries, with Hotchkiss senior Darrin Young (46’9.5”) taking second and Rangely senior Austin Ficken (45’11”) third.
Having earned IHS what would be its only two team points at the season-ending, May 17-19 showcase, Cundiff went back to work on Day 2 competing in the discus, but finished one place short of making the 10-man final flight and peaked with a throw of 123 feet, five inches.
Winning the event was Ordway-based Crowley County junior Lane Walter, who topped out at 160’1” on his sixth and last attempt. Paonia senior Cyrus Malek-Madani (148’0”) took second and Ficken (139’10”) third.
In the 3,200-meter run, sophomore Elco Garcia, Jr., found himself just 0.102 off the first-lap pace of Rocky Ford senior Cody Danley. But when the Meloneer, who overtook Lyons sophomore Isaac Roberts on Lap 4, reached the eighth and decisive ‘bell lap’ in 8:38.991, he was 38.751 ticks ahead of the Bobcat—who ultimately finished 11th in 10 minutes, 30.498 seconds. Danley prevailed in 9:42.938, and Roberts finished in 9:55.545.
Also representing Ignacio in the 1,600 meters, Garcia finished 13th in 4:47.855—or 24.675 seconds behind winner Ben Kelley of Oak Creek Soroco. Danley placed second, clocking 4:34.327, and Roberts crossed the finish line third in 4:36.736.
Running in the 800, sophomore Jonas Nanaeto’s season ended with a 10th-place 2:03.14 (Kelley won in a meet-record 1:52.77, easily bettering the 1:54.75 he set last spring). He also qualified for the 400 and finished 16th in the prelims with his 53.80. Rangely senior Patrick Scoggins would win the final heat in 51.02, and Akron senior Tyler Wylie followed in 52.15.
In the final team standings, Loveland Resurrection Christian piled up a winning 63 points while Cedaredge and Lyons tied for second with 58 each. Hoehne (56) and Hotchkiss (43) rounded out the top five while Ignacio finished tied with Black Hawk-based Gilpin County for 38th out of 40 scoring crews.