Rock Canyon's track teams continued exhibiting the quality of its talented athletes as the boys were fifth among 40 teams and the girls were 10th among 28 teams at the April 14-15 Pomona Invitational Track Meet at Jefferson County Stadium.
“We have a very talented team, particularly on the boys side,” Jaguars coach Dave Davies said. “We were second at the Thomas Jefferson meet last week and third at the Lyons meet the week before that. We finished behind Vista Ridge both weeks and that is not bad because they are a team expected to win the 4A state title.”
He said he had 105 athletes come out for track and more than 60 percent of the turnout was boys.
“One of the strengths of our boys team is our distance runners. These guys won the league in cross country and were third at state. Another strong point is the fact our shot and discus guys are throwing well,” the coach said. “Our girls team really doesn't have a lot of depth. We do have some good sprinters, a good hurdler and one of our distance girls is running well.”
Fountain Fort Carson scored 113 points to finish first in the field of 34 teams while the Jaguars finished fifth with 45 points, just a half point behind fourth-place Pomona.
Rock Canyon senior Bailey Timmons won the 3,200-meter run and teammate Chris Theodore was second. They also competed in the 1,600-meter run as Timmons finished second, Theodore was third and teammate Easton Allred was seventh. Blake Williams scored points for the Jaguars as he was fifth in the high jump.
A host of other area teams competed in the boys division. Mountain Vista finished eighth, Castle View finished ninth, Arapahoe was 12, Legend was 14, Chaparral was 16, Douglas County was 23, Ponderosa was 27 and Heritage was 30.
In the girls division, Cherokee Trail took top honors with 78 points while Rock Canyon was 10 with 38 points. The team finish for other area schools in the meet included Mountain Vista at fifth, Cherry Creek at sixth, Douglas County at seventh, Castle View at 11th, Arapahoe at 13, ThunderRidge at 15th, Legend at 17 and Littleton at 26.
Emily Sloan was Rock Canyon's only event winner as she ran faster than 54 other competitors to win the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.01. Riley Masten was second in the high jump. Emma Goble, Randi Higashi, Tanner Riker and Emily Stillwell joined forces for the Jaguars to finish third in the 800-meter spring medley relay. Riker also finished fourth in the 400-meter run.