For some Clear Creek track and field athletes, the season isn’t over just yet. Several Golddiggers are planning to compete in the 2A State Track and Field meet beginning June 24 in Lakewood, …
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For some Clear Creek track and field athletes, the season isn’t over just yet.
Several Golddiggers are planning to compete in the 2A State Track and Field meet beginning June 24 in Lakewood, although Coach Brian Inman said Saturday that he wouldn’t find out who was going until Monday.
He said the girls sprint medley team, high-jumper Anika McKown and sprinter Kylie Lynch will likely go, and one of the boys relay teams might be attending as well.
“When we can get kids going consistently to state like this, it’s good for the program,” Inman said.
The Golddiggers competed in their final meet of the regular season Friday at West Grand’s Joe Shields Invitational. Inman estimated that the boys team placed seventh overall and the girls team placed ninth.
Highlights from the meet included:
• The girls medley relay team placing first;
• McKown placing second in high jump and third in the 400-meter dash;
• Skylah Inman placing fourth in 100-meter hurdles;
• Sean Mauracher and Michael Hillman placing fourth in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, respectively; and
• The boys 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams both placing second.
Conditions in Kremmling Friday weren’t ideal, as a strong headwind prevented Clear Creek from improving on its times, Inman described.
Still, the meet went well overall, as the Golddiggers got a preview of some competitors who will be at state this week.
Overall, Clear Creek’s track and field teams this season have been small but mighty.
Inman said there’s usually about 20 athletes combined, but this year, the group started with 16 and was down to 12 by Friday’s meet.
He attributed the decreased participation to the season’s late end date. Some seniors decided not to return after graduation and other athletes opted out because of other summer activities, he explained.
Inman was still very proud of his athletes for how well they competed over the regular season, pointing out that two broke school records this year.
McKown set a school high jump record of 5-foot, 1-inch this season, breaking the previous 20-year record by a half-inch.
Likewise, Lynch broke the school record in the 100-meter dash, which Inman said has stood for 34 years. The original was 12.89 seconds, and Lynch ran it in 12.82. She also broke the 200-meter record at 26.7 seconds. The previous 20-year record was 27.2.
He also commended the boys relay team members of Mauracher, Evan Brandt, Bode Baker and Michael Hillman, saying, “They’ve had potential all season, but we just had some poor exchanges and disqualifications.”
Mauracher, who does individual and relay sprint events, said he was proud of how much his fellow Golddiggers have improved this year.
“They don’t complain,” he said. “They just go out and do things to help the team.”
He was hoping to attend the state meet this week, saying he’s never gone before. He set personal records at most meets, but still said there was a lot of room to improve his times and live up to the legacy of the Clear Creek sprinters who came before him.
Mauracher hoped to see a lot of Golddigger faithful at the state track meet this week.
While she won’t be competing at state, outgoing junior Jillian Lupinacci said she had fun and learned a lot during her first season on the track and field team.
Lupinacci described how she set very modest goals for herself as it was her first time throwing discus and shot-put. She appreciated how supportive her teammates and coaches when she joined halfway through the season.
“We’re more like a family than a team,” she said.
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