Coburn crushes two-mile
The Crested Butte Titans track team returned from its April break refreshed and rejuvenated as they set their sights on the season’s final stretch.
The freshmen and sophomores kicked back into gear with a meet in Gunnison on Tuesday, April 22, led by sophomore Ricky Sandoval and freshman Erin Kelly.
Sandoval posted two third-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump, while Kelly took first place in the two-mile and second place in the mile, posting a personal record time.
Kelly joined freshmen Hannah Smith and Karleigh Dean and sophomore Sydney Loyed to take third place in the 4×800-meter relay.
The underclassmen then joined the juniors and seniors for the Montrose Invitational meet on Friday, April 25.
Senior Emma Coburn stole the show in Montrose, dominating the entire field in the two-mile race with a time of 11:32.60, more than a minute faster than the second-place finisher.
Coburn’s time was fast enough to pre-qualify her for the state meet in the two-mile as well.
“Emma shattered our school record and crushed the field,” says coach Sarah Fuld.
The girls’ 4×800-meter relay team of Coburn, Kelly, Smith and junior Emma Vosburg took first place with a time of 10:39.86. They’re knocking on the door of the state meet.
“It was a great showing,” says Fuld. “Hopefully they can continue their momentum and qualify for states.”
Vosburg had 10th-place finishes in both the mile and 800-meter run and Kelly set another personal record in the mile with a time of 6:09.32 to take 11th place.
Junior Jack Linehan had the top individual results for the Titan boys, taking second place in the 800-meter run and fifth place in the 400-meter dash.
Sandoval carried his success from the freshman/sophomore meet in Gunnison to the Montrose Invitational setting a personal record in the long jump of 17 feet, four inches and taking eighth place in the triple jump with a distance of 36 feet, 6 inches.
“That was a really good place for him in the triple jump,” says Fuld.
Other notable results came from Dean in the girls’ 100-meter dash and a knock down, drag out battle between freshmen Sky Egelhoff and Ben Frame in the boy’s 100-meter dash.
The Titans now prepare for the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday, May 2-3. Fortunately, up until press time, the weather has cooperated and Fuld has the team outside as often as possible as they prepare for the close of the season.
“We’re doing pretty good and the weather’s been nice so we’ve been able to get outside,” says Fuld. “Hopefully we’ll get some more people qualified for states.”