Valor Christian track coach Brian Kula had a good feeling about this season, and the girls track team turned the hopes of their coach into a state championship.
The Eagles won the Class 5A girls state championship on June 26 which was the final day of the 3-day state track meet at Jefferson County Stadium.
“We knew we had a strong team but they still has to execute and they did a phenomenal job of that,” said Kula. “We had a couple little hiccups we had to deal with but we really had a good day final day.
“This group of girls have been working hard for two years now and it just didn’t happen over night. We just got off to a good start in the hurdles. Our little freshman Madi Procter placed fifth and then Camille (Peisner) won the 100 and we just started gaining momentum and things kept falling into place. I’m really proud. They have not lost a state track meet since 2017.”
Valor won the 2018 4A state girls championship, won the 5A title in 2019 and then the 2020 state track meet was canceled because of COVID concerns.
Peisner won both the 100 meters (11.88) and the 200 meters (23.92) and was second in the 400 meters to help the Eagles gain points on the final day which ended in rain.
Junior Kylie Bahr was first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.93.
“I felt like I ran pretty good,” said Bahr. “It was a PR which was nice. Going in I just tired to stay super calm. It (winning state) shows how good our coaching staff is and how much effort we put in at practice and stuff.”
The Eagles put more distance between them and the field with a victory in the 4x400 relay in 3:52.92.
Valor had 130.5 points with Grandview coming in second with 83.5 points. Cherry Creek was third with 61.5 markers.
In the boys 5A meet, Grandview won the state title with 78.5 points and Cherry Creek was second (57) and Valor Christian third (44).
Cherry Creek came up short with points in the team standings but Riley Stewart, Parker Wolfe and Ky Oday captured individual events.
In fact, Stewart won four events. She was part of Creek’s winning 3,200 relay team, won the 800 meters (2:09.60) on June 24, the 3,200 run (10.31.45) on June 25 and set a state meet record of 4:45.96 on June 26 in the 1,600 meters.
“I knew my legs were tired from this week but I just had to push through,” said the junior who had previously set a Colorado record of 4:44.13 in the 1,600. “It’s amazing to set a state record. Like two weeks ago I had the record like individually for Colorado and now to have the state one too it is just so awesome and just to be able to come back here next year and try to push that, I’m just so happy.”
Oday won the boys 400 meters (48.00) and was second in the 100-yard dash. Wolfe, a senior who will run at North Carolina next year, took the boys 3,200 in 9:07.87 but finished second to Mountain Vista senior Harrison Witt in the 1,600 meters.
Witt, who will be heading to Princeton, ran past Wolfe on the final lap and posted a state record of 4:04.36. He also won the 800 meters in meet record time of 1:48.75.
“It was incredible to race against him (Wolfe),” said Witt. He’s one of the best athletes of our generation.
“I just wanted him not to get away before the last lap. I’m very confident in my kick and speed so I had to keep him in range to make a move. When he opened the inside up for me I just figured it was time to go and leave it all on the track.”
Other winners included Fabiola Belihi of Regis Jesuit in the 5A girls long jump with a leap of 18 feet and Noah Kelly of Lutheran who won 3A pole vault by clearing 14 feet.
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