The Elizabeth boys and girls track teams perhaps had a good indication of how the Cardinals athletes would fare in an all-classification state meet. Then again, so would all the other competitors who were on hand for the May 2 St. Vrain Invitational held at Longmont High School’s Everly Montgomery Field.
At least 51 schools had a boy or girl place among the top eight in a meet representing Class 2A to 5A teams. No team points were reported, but the competition was superb in all the events throughout the day.
While there were no team points awarded, competitors and coaches will certainly keep an eye on Cherokee Trail. The Cougars had more place winners among the events than the rest of the field.
The top place winners for Elizabeth among the boys and girls were Kim Peterson, who was second in the pole vault with an 11-foot, 3-inch effort, and Brody Oliver, third place in the long jump, going 21-3½. However, in this caliber of competition and with the season nearly completed, any finish among the top eight is a marvelous accomplishment.
Peterson was defeated by Loveland’s Heather Waite, who vaulted 11-9. Oliver won his bronze medal behind the efforts of winner Landon Gonser of Greeley Central (21-8) and runner-up Kevin McClanahan of Erie (21-6). Gonser was a double winner, as he also took the gold in the Triple Jump (44-10 ½).
Tegan Alexander placed fifth in the 100 meters with a time of :12.49, and Gav Houston placed fifth in the pole vault, going over at 13-9.
Shayna Yon of Cherokee Trail won the 100 (:11.97) while Harley Korte, also from Cherokee Trail, won the pole vault with a meet record 15-3.
Elizabeth’s Joel Thies placed eighth in the 100 (:11.36) and Ryan White placed eighth in the 200 (:22.53). McClanahan also won the 100 (:11.07) while Brandon Singleton of Cherokee Trail won the 200 (:21.6).
Tegan Alexander was the only other girl from Elizabeth to place among the top eight in the girls competition. She was fifth in the 100 with a time of :12.49. The event was also won by Yon (:11.97).
The Elizabeth boys finished third in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1 minute, 28.63 seconds. The top two teams here were Cherokee Trail in 1:27.48 and Palmer Ridge, 1:28.30.
Elizabeth finished fourth in the 400 relay and only by a heartbeat. Guess who won? Cherokee Trail in :42.37, with Valor Christian in second, :42.50, Longmont third, :42.55, and Elizabeth, :42.65.
Next up for Elizabeth will be the Colorado 7 League meet, May 6, in Fort Morgan. The state meet is scheduled for May 15-17 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
Tough end to season
It was a rough finish to the regular season for the girls soccer team and coach Summer Katzoff at Elizabeth. The Cardinals only scored one goal over the course of their last four games.
They came through with a 1-0 victory against Vista Peak on April 29 behind the game-winning goal from Kinsee Dodge in the second half.
Elizabeth was beaten by Fort Morgan, 1-0 (April 26), Skyview 2-0 (April 28) and Englewood, 4-0 (May 1). The Cardinals finish the regular season with a 4-10-1 record.