Cherry Creek and Arapahoe finished one-two respectively at the State Class 5A girls track meet held May 16-18 at Jefferson County Stadium.
The Bruins took top honors with 86 points and Arapahoe earned runner-up honors with 64 points.
At state, team points are awarded for the top nine finishers in each event. The event champion earns 10 team points and the ninth-place finisher earns one team point. The depth of talent proved to be important for both teams as they won a few championships had athletes place and earn team points in numerous events.
“There are so many top athletes here that every point counts,” John Woods, former Mullen track coach, said. “It has been my experience it is the team that has athletes place in a lot of events that wins the team title rather than a team that wins one or two championships but doesn't place in other events.”
The Bruins had a pair of two event champions as Jordyn Colter won the 800-meter run sand the 1,600-meter run while teammate Megan McCabe won the pole vault and the long jump.
Freshman Ashley Miller helped the Cherry Creek cause with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. She said, when she started doing track in middle school, she thought it was cool to jump over things so she started running the hurdles. She said she has worked hard to improve the techniques needed to be competitive in the hurdles.
Arapahoe also scored points in a variety of events. Two big wins came in 1,600-meter relay and the 32,00 relay.
The 3,200 relay was run May 16 — the opening day of the state meet — and the team of Devan Foster, Jordan Seitz, Lauren Lipski and Zoe Gibbs won the event.
“We felt good coming into the state meet because our times had been among the best all season,” Foster said after the race. “The competition was tough but we did it. It was totally a team effort and it was the greatest feeling in the world as I crossed the finish line first for us.”
The Warriors gained additional points as Foster finished second in the 800, Tarya Phipps was third in the 400 and Hailey DeVries finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.