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Basalt track blazed trail at states
School-best records were set

The end of the school year is almost here, but in the meantime, there’s one more set of Mid-Valley spring high school sports results to be reported. In a wrap-up of Basalt’s season published two weeks ago, readers were told that the Longhorns were headed to the state track meet in Lakewood.

Space kept us from sharing in the May 23 edition how those seven student-athletes performed. Here are those results:

Let’s go old-school with “ladies first,” since the majority of the squad, five athletes, is comprised of women.  

Sophomore Katie Bohannan blazed her own trail this spring. That’s normal, as Katie and twin sister Chandra play not only basketball, but football at BHS. Katie Bohannan noticed there had been no girls’ pole vault standard at Basalt, so she took up the sport and set one. Coach Allyson Decatur said she then took it higher, resetting her own new record three times.

Heading into the state meet, she was clearing 8 feet, a height never before reached by a girl from Basalt. Bohannan chose to peak at state, taking her personal best and the school record significantly higher in the finals. That’s when she soared over the bar at 8’6,” setting yet another new Basalt mark and placing 11th in Class 3A. Bohannan has two years left to go still higher.

Onto the track: Also with two years remaining in her high school career, the state can plan to hear a lot more from Longhorn Sierra Bower. She’s been named Outstanding Female Athlete in the Western Slope League, because at the league meet, she broke school records in both distance events, the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

At state, Bower ran a strong eighth in the 1,600, again lowering the school mark, to 5:12.58. But doubling the distance, she ran 10:58.31, to finish second in all of 3A for the 3,200.

Senior Megan Maley also took on a pair of events for the Longhorns. In the 400 meters, she ran 1:01.42 to come in 15th in a preliminary heat; Maley went 2:20.8 in the 800 finals, finishing 7th in the state.

Bower and Maley were joined by Lily Gillis and Madelyn Ellison for the 4 x 800-meter relay, the Basalt team running a school-best 9:52.99 to come in 5th in the 3A finals.

The two Longhorn boys’ qualifiers also looked sharp in Lakewood. Sophomore Rulbe Alvarado ran a 23.47-second 200 meters in his preliminary heat to finish 10th, and in the 110-meter hurdles final, junior Ben Williams cut a quarter-second from his prelim time, finishing in a school-best 16 seconds flat, for 9th place in 3A statewide.

Prior to the event, Coach Decatur demurred from predicting how her charges would do,  but in the end a total of four school bests were set or reset at the state meet. The future looks promising for a Basalt track and field squad who could do really big things in 2020.