The Girls 4X800 (front l-r, Anna Nelson, Emma Abernethy; back l-r Veronica Petrillo, Savannah Martin) on the awards stand at the State Meet on Thursday.  (Photos courtesy of Eric Nelson.)

Day One of the State Track Meet saw Gators participating in two events.  Tyler Williams '19 started the day off for the Gators placing second in his heat of the 400M and fourth overall with a time of 49.85.  This will qualify him for Finals on Saturday (11:53am).  As only 9 runners qualify for finals, Williams just needs to finish that race to earn a medal.  Of note, Williams was the only freshman (and one of two underclassmen) to qualify for State in this event.   

Shortly after Williams cleared the track, the girls 4X800 took their turn.  Anna Nelson '17, Veronica Petrillo '18, Emma Abernethy '17 and Savannah Martin '18 dropped 9 seconds off their eight day old school record to finish in 9:42.64.  This time was good enough for eighth place and a spot on the medal stand.

After Thursday, the Gators are two for two in the events for which they qualified.  Today, Garrett Martin '18 high jumps at 1:30pm.  He currently is the 4 seed with a jump of 6'05.

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The Boy's 4X200 meter relay was first at the Jeffco 4A League Meet (Photo courtesy of Aaron Smith.)

Both Gator Girl's and Boy's track teams closed out the regular season this past week at the two day Jeffco League Meet.  Nine athletes came away with all conference honors.  In addition, several athletes used this last meet as a chance to qualify for the CHSAA State Track Meet to be held May 19th- 21st.

The Boys 4X200 relay of Darren Hay '18, Tyler Williams '19, Ty Webber '18 and Wyatt Nightingale '16 took first place, earning 1st Team All Conference Honors with a time of 1:33.00.  Ranked 25th in the State, they just missed out on one of the top 18 spots to go to the State Meet.

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Garrett Martin earned 1st Team All Conference Honors and qualified for State in the High Jump (Photo courtesy or Eric Nelson.)

Garrett Martin '18 also earned 1st Team All Conference Honors, winning the High Jump with a Personal Record (PR) 6-5ft jump.  This ranks him 4th in the State this season and earned him an entry to the State Meet.

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Tyler Williams ran an exciting 400M for 3rd place and 8th overall in the State (Photo courtesy of Aaron Smith.)

For both Williams (400M, 49.65) and the Girls 4X800 (Anna Nelson '17, Veronica Petrillo '18, Emma Abernethy '17, Savannah Martin '18, 9:51.56), placing 3rd at the League Meet (All Conference Honorable Mention) translated into 8th best times in the State.  All five will be running at the State Meet.  After scratches, Williams will be the 4th seed in his event.  The girls will retain their 8th seed.  The 4X800 relay also broke the school record set last year by Abernethy, Nelson, Martin and Casey Torbet '15

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The Girls 4X800 also ran to 3rd place in the league and 8th place in the State.  They also claim a new school record.  (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lawrence.)

Other events where the Gator Girls scored points were: Martin (4th Discus), Nelson (4th 800, 8th 3200), Lina Vogler '18 (4th Triple Jump), Rachel Cody '18 (6th tie Pole Vault), Jackie Paik '16 (6thT PV), 4X100 (6th), 4X200 (6th), 4X400 (7th) and the 800 Medley relay (7th).  The Girls finished in 8th with 49 points

On the Boys Side, additional place winners were: Williams (5th 200M), Nightingale (5th 100M, 7th 200M), Webber (6th 100M, 9th 200M), Hay (5th 400M), Trevor Smith '18 (7th 1600, 9th 3200), Carter Bearup '18 (4th HJ), Jack Anderson '17 (8th HJ), Noah Hendrix '19 (8thT PV), Kelvin Chen '18 (8thT PV), the 4X400 (5th), 4X800 (6th) and 4X100 (7th).   The boys team finished 5th with 75.5 points.

As noted above, six of the Gators will be continuing their season at the State Track Meet.  Williams (11:23am) and the Girls 4X800 (12:05pm) will run Thursday, May 19th.  If Williams advances to finals, he will run again Saturday (21st) at 11:53am.  Martin will high jump Friday, the 20th at 1:30pm.  The State Track Meet will be held at the Jeffco Stadium at 6th and Kipling.  Single Day Admission is $10 ($7 for students).  Activity passes cannot be used for this event.


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Savannah Martin, Veronica Petrillo, Anna Nelson and Anna Mounts teamed up for the 2nd place 4X800 relay at the Mountain Range Invite (Photo courtesy of Aaron Smith.)

Due to meets being rescheduled due to weather, the Girl's track team just finished up a busy week filled with track meets.  Highlights include:

Mountain Range Mustang Invitational- This meet had 37 teams making scoring in the top eight a tough feat.  But the 4X800 relay of Veronica Petrillo '18, Anna Nelson '17, Anna Mounts '18 and Savannah Martin '18 notched a second place finish and the only points for the Gators at this meet.  Petrillo started the team off, handing the baton to Nelson with the team in 8th place, already in scoring range.  Nelson picked off five places to pass off the baton to Mounts in 3rd place.  Mounts maintained third with a gutsy run, finally shaking two runners who ran on her shoulder most of her leg.  Martin, running her first race this season after injury, picked up one more place, moving the team into a solid second.  Their time was good enough to rank them 13th in the State.  The top 18 at the end of the season will be invited to the State Meet.

Weld Central Rebel Roundup- The 4X800 relay was at it again at this meet.  This time Emma Abernethy '17 joined Nelson, Petrillo and Martin on the track.  The # 13 Gators came to the line seeded behind #5 Mead.  Mead ran well, shaving one second off their season best time, but the Gators ran better.  Abernethy ran first for the Gators, taking the lead with 250 meters left on her leg.  The rest of the team never looked back, securing the Gators only win of the night.  As of the writing of this article, the Gator 4X800 is now ranked 9th in the State.  Especially notable was Petrillo taking seven seconds off her personal best time in the 800 while running her leg.

The same foursome also came back later in the evening to run the 4X400, placing fifth.  Abernethy (3rd 1600), Nelson (4th 1600) and Martin (5th Shot Put) also brought home individual ribbons.  Also scoring in individual events were Lina Vogler (8th 300M Hurdles), Hanna Davis '17 (3rd High Jump), Jackie Paik '16 (7th High Jump, 6th Pole Vault), Rachel Cody '18 (3rd Pole Vault), and Sami Pence '18 (4th Pole Vault).  The Gators obviously have a strong Pole Vaulting crew. 

Cody and Petrillo also joined Jackie Paik '16 and Cami Schmelzer '18 on the 8th place 4X200 relay. 

The Gators return to the track for the Don Osse Lakewood Tiger Classic on April 14th.

The Girls Track Team placed fourth out of nine teams against fellow Jeffco rivals tonight. The Pole Vault was the highlight event for the Gators with all three competing Gators scoring points.  Rachel Cody '18 vaulted to a personal record (PR) 7-0ft for a tie for second place.  Sami Pence '18 also vaulted 7-0ft but ended up in fourth place due to prior missed attempts.  Jackie Paik '16 finished in fifth with a 6-0 ft performance.

A second event where more than one Gator scored points was the 1600M run where Anna Nelson '17 and Emma Abernethy '17 scored 4th (5:52.72) and 5th (6:05.27), respectively.  Nelson and Abernethy earlier joined Veronica Petrillo '18 and Anna Mounts '18 on the third place 4X800 relay.

Other relays earning points were the sixth place 4X100 team of Cody, Sadie Heffelman '17, Britta Swanson '18, and Fallin Smith '17.  The 800 Medley Relay of Heffelman, Petrillo, Cody, and Cammy Schmelzer '18 placed third.

Paik also earned points with a seventh place finish in the 100 hurdles (PR 19.66) and eighth place finish in the 300 hurdles (58.26).  Savannah Martin '18 found success again in her new found event placing 4th in the Shot Put with a PR 28-7ft throw.  Smith placed fifth in the 400 meters with a 1:11.9.  Lina Vogler '18 rounded out the SLHS scoring total with a 5th place Triple Jump (PR 29-8.25) effort and an eighth place tie in High Jump (PR 4-02).

It was cold and windy, but several Gators recorded PRs this meet.  In addition to the PRs noted above, the following achieved personal best efforts: Jennifer Holguin Guevara '19 (Shot 21-10 and Disc 56-09), Hannah Laughlin '19 (1600M 6:44.19),  Mounts (800M 2:50.83), Pence (100M 14.85), Swanson (100H 20.21), Jamie Torbet '19 (Shot 23-05), and Vogler (100H 20.55).

The Gators will take a nice rest over Spring Break and will be back in action on March 30th for more League competition.


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Veronica Petrillo '18 en route to her personal best 800M (Photo courtesy of Eric Nelson.)

The Girl's Track Team started off their season at the Ralston Valley Meet this past Friday.  The meet got off to a strong start with two Gators placing in the first race of the night.  Anna Nelson '17 and Veronica Petrillo '18 placed six (2:37.93) and seventh (2:39.29) in that race respectively.  Petrillo's time was a personal record (PR) which is a great feat for the first meet of the season.

Jackie Paik '16 also provided another proud Gator moment when she tied for second in the high jump with an effort of 4-06.  This was her first time competing in this event.  Savannah Martin '18 placed in her first ever shot put competition, throwing 28-03.5 for seventh place.

Emma Abernethy '17 and Nelson showed some Gator strength running the 3200M together to finish easily in 2nd (13:12.85) and 3rd (13:13.03).  Abernethy also added a second place finish in the 1600M (5:48.03).  Nelson finished 6th in that race (5:58.83).

As it was the first meet of the season, PRs were hard to come by. But Sadie Heffelman '17 and Britta Swanson '18 joined Petrillo in achieving best times.  Heffelman PRed in both the 100 (13.99) and 200 (29.48) while Swanson PRed in the 100 (14.70).

Overall the Gators placed 6th out of 14 teams with 38.33 points.

The Gators take to the track again this Wednesday for some early season Jeffco League action against Arvada, Arvada West, Bear Creek, D'Evelyn, Evergreen, Golden and Ralston Valley.