Local track athletes garner gold

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Four track and field athletes from Douglas County schools captured individual state titles and two Valor Christian relay teams set state records during the Colorado High School Activities Association's state track meet, held May 16-18 at Jeffco Stadium.

Valor Christian senior MaryBeth Sant won the Class 4A 100 and 200-meter dashes. The senior, who lives in Parker, was timed at 11.57 seconds in defending her 100-meter title and she captured the 200-meter championship for the second consecutive year with a time of 23.61. Both times were off her personal bests.

Sant, who will compete for Oregon next year, ran the lead-off leg of Valor's state champion 400-meter relay team, which set a state record of 47.38, breaking the old mark of 48.38 set by Niwot in 2003. The Eagles ran a 48.23 in the prelims to establish a new standard, which was bettered in the finals.

In the 800-meter relay, Valor's team of Christian McCaffrey, Bubba Watkins, Spencer Jamison and Greg Popylisen set an all-classification state record of 1:25.46 in the preliminaries. The Eagles won with a time of 1:26.39 in the finals. The previous state meet record was 1:26.03 set by Mullen in 2000 and George Washington had the previous all-classification best of 1:25.59 set in 2007.

Valor Christian's girls were fifth in the Class 4A team standings and the Eagles boys were second.

“We had an awesome weekend,” said Valor coach Brian Kula.

Castle View senior Tanner Townsend was on top of the podium for the Class 5A boys 400-meter dash with a winning time of 47.25. Townsend was second in the 100 with a time of 10.66 and runner-up by a tenth of a second in the 200 meters with a 21.33 clocking. All three times by Townsend were Castle View school records.

Townsend, who will play football and run track next season at Sioux Falls, was third in the 100 meters at the 2012 state track meet and placed seventh in the 200-meter dash. Castle View finished fifth in the Class 5A boys team standings.

Junior Connor Turnage of Highlands Ranch won the triple jump with a 48-8.5 effort and he was second in the Class 5A long jump.

Rock Canyon's senior Kelsey Lindemann threw the shot put 40-10.25 to capture the girls Class 5A state title.

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