Live Streaming Begins On June 24
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The Colorado State Track and Field Championships are finally here and we'll have all the action on MileSplit. From live streaming to on-site coverage, we'll bring you all you need to know from the state's biggest competition. You can expect race videos, interviews, stories, recaps, profiles and more.
In the meantime, check out full coverage of the meet below. All content compiled and written by Colorado MileSplit editor Bobby Reyes.
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The 800 will feature the current 800 state record holder, Harrison Witt, and the No. 2 800 runner William Merrick. The last time these two met Witt ran the fastest time in Colorado history, running 1:48.50, and Merrick was second in 1:50.74. Witt will likely be looking for the double (he's running the 1,600 as well), while Merrick will eye the 400 (against Ky Oday Jr). On paper these two look to be in their own race.
Can Niwot sweep the top of the podium in every track event from the 200 on up to the 3,200? Surely, Mullen's Kaleah Ruff and Sand Creek's Jahzara Davis will have a say here. Ruff heads to Jeffco as the favorite in the 100 - she's the only Sub-12 sprinter in the state. She also stands on top of the rankings in the 200 with a 24.58 best. Both of her personal bests came just last week, so clearly she's peaking right on time. Though, Ruff will have to battle with the 2019 state champ - Taylor James, who has run 24.64 this season. The 200 finals are scheduled for Saturday at 1:42.
The last we heard from 3A Girls at state, TCA and Lutheran were taking it down to the final event at the 2019 state championship with Lutheran scoring just enough points in the 4x400 to edge out TCA for the team title, 109 to 106. Nobody else was in the same zip code. It was a stellar battle between the top two teams that swayed one way and the other all weekend long, but especially so on Saturday. This year, however, it will be remarkable if either Lutheran or TCA figures as a major factor in the team standings (though TCA's chances are slightly less remote). A lot has changed in the last two years.
In the sprints there are two names that dominate. And that's Mikayla Hutchison, and Jordan Burnett. They are the top two-seeds in the 100, and the 200. Hutchinson and Burnett are entered in several events. In the 100 Hutchinson is the No. 1 seed with a 12.45 season-best. Burnett is the No. 2 seed with a 12.61, which is just ahead of Dixie Rhea's 12.63. On paper the rolls are reversed in the 200, with Burnett the top-seed. Her 25.65 is just ahead of Hutchinson's 25.74.
In the sprints Avery Palmgren will be eyeing the double. The Sangre de Cristo senior is the favorite in both events. She's run 13.16 in the 100 and 27.18 in the 200. She'll likely have company, however, from Kali Siemers, who is ranked No. 2 in both events. Siemers has run 13.34 in the 100, and 27.66 in the 200. Meanwhile, Taysa Conger is nearly a full second ahead of the field in the 400. Her 1:03.15 stands as the No. 1 seed in the event. The 800 looks like it'll be battle between Brakelle Westphal and Sophia Schuemann. Both have run under 2:36, with Westphal heading to State with the No. 1 seed of 2:34.15.
State Championship Schedule:
Thursday, June 24 -- Morning Session
Thursday, June 24 -- Afternoon Session
Friday, June 25 -- Morning Session
Friday, June 25 -- Afternoon Session
Saturday, June 26 -- Morning Session
Saturday, June 26 -- Afternoon Session
Field Events -- Thursday
Field Events -- Friday
Field Events -- Saturday