Sunday, May 15, 2011

League Championships Overview

Wow, 107 points. The CHS boys team scored 107 points... and came in third.  If you had told me at the beginning of this week we would score 107 points, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.  I guess that just goes to show you how deep and strong the Continental League is in Track & Field.

I thought we did everything we could on to try and win the championship on the boys side.  The distance kids were run into the ground, but scored points in all of their events.  The sprinters were in up to six races over two days, and were not only scoring points, but winning their events.  I am so proud of the vaulters and the throwers for getting valuable points in their events.  We did everything we could; we let no stone unturned from a coaching/planning point of view, and the athletes all did their jobs better than I could've hoped.  I am very proud of everyone, sometimes you can do your best and not come away reading your goal, and this was one of those times.  But, we can be proud in saying we did our best. Men, we can look in the mirror and honestly say we gave it our best shot, not just in the competition, but in the preparation as well.  Good job, excellent job.

Not all is sadness though, we have a long, long list of League Champions.  Let's start with the women, who had a very fine showing at these League Championships.  Even though we were thin in some events, I thought the girls out there represented themselves and their school very well, and I am very proud of them too.

2011 Continental League Champions Women

Mia Davies  Shot Put  33-10.5
Devan Foster  800m  2:15.95
Mia Davies  Discus  112-8.5
(Yep, Mia is a DOUBLE League Champion!!)

2011 Continental League Champions Men

Gavin McHenry  100m  10.83
Gavin McHenry  200m  21.74
400m Relay   Ian Campbell, Ty Whipple, Curtis Ray, Gavin McHenry
800m Relay   Ian Campbell, Ty Whipple, Curtis Ray, Gavin McHenry
3200m Relay  Justin Bills, Johnny Bacovin,  Zach Young,  Nate Purdue
(Ummm.... yeah, Gavin has FOUR League Championships on his belt, that's not a typo.)

I want to throw a big shout-out to all of the parents and volunteers who helped us pull this meet off.  We were hosting the meet, it is an important meet to host, and I thought everyone who pitched in did a fantastic job.  Big thanks to Greg & Karen Grimm, Ivan & Cheri Whipple, all of the timers, officials and announcers, Chris Clemensen, Linda Cherry, and Gary Thompson.  I am sure I forgot a few people who helped, but thank you to everyone, it was because of you that we beat the rain on Saturday afternoon!

Now the question is, where do we go from here?  Looking at the CHSAA rankings, it seems to me that we got a lot of athletes and relays qualified for State Championships.  However, it is still relatively early in the weekend.  Things can change on that varvee board on Sunday afternoon.  Scratches, name corrections, all sorts of funky stuff goes on the day after League Championships.  Here is my advice.  If you are an individual athlete who is in the top twenty of your event, plan on being at practice on Monday.  If you are on a relay that is in top twenty, be at practice as well.  (If you are an alternate, which is a very important part of that relay, your coach will be in touch with you on Sunday evening.)  I see qualifying for State as an opportunity not only for one more week of Sep facetime :) , but also as chance to compete on the biggest stage Colorado Track & Field has to offer.  More on this later in the week, but CHS T&F has done very well at these State Championships in recent history, and their is no reason to expect that we will not do very well this year.  We need to re-focus our efforts for this week, as shining on the State Meet stage is truly an honor!


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