by David Tesitor
LAKEWOOD — In a final weekend of qualifying track events across the Colorado, the thrill of victory was met with the agony of defeat as athletes failed to make the grade. Since many events will not have preliminary heats at the State 1A meet, with a few exceptions, only the top nine in each event qualified for state.
La Veta Qualifiers:
One exception was the La Veta boys’ 4X800 team who came in at #11. While the relay team experienced a personal best time of 9:15.02, set at the Monte Vista Last Chance Challenge, three other teams bested the La Veta prior mark of 9:19.76 minutes. They will also be in the finals. No individual boys from La Veta qualified.
Two La Veta girls exploded with personal best distances in the Discus at the Monte Vista Last Chance meet last weekend to soar into the state finals. Carissa Cardenas’ (Jr.) last chance in Monte Vista will give her a first time at the state meet as she moved into 8th place with a throw of 99-08 feet. Kaylee Corsentino (Fr.) qualified in the triple jump after she improved her personal best jump last weekend in Monte Vista at 32.0 feet. She will enter as the #6 seed.
The La Veta Relay teams will compete in two events. They will be the #8 seed in the 4X100 Meter run with a time of 54.90 seconds, a time they set in Monte Vista. The team will also run in the 4X200 as the # 5 seed (1:55 .17 min).
Zariah Mason (So.) of Kim enters the tournament as the number one seed in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. Mason is the defending state champion in the 100M dash, establishing a time of 12.72. Her time of 12.68 in the event is the fastest in the state. Mason was the only individual from Kim to qualify.
The Kim girls relay teams also set personal best times in the 4X100, taking 1st at the Tri-League last weekend with a time of 53.11 seconds. This time moved the Mustangs into the #1 seed entering the tournament. Members of the three relay teams include Taylor Nittler, Tori Goode, Ashley Yergert, and Mason. In the 4X200 relay, the Mustangs will enter as the 2nd seed with a time of 1:56.56. Finally, the Lady Mustangs will take their # 1 seed into the 800 Sprint Medley Relay. Their best time of 1:53.56 was set last weekend at the