The 2013 Colorado State Pentathlon Meet was held May 29 at Brighton High School in Denver.
Cedaredge and Paonia High School had athletes who attended the meet and completed their five events with a high degree of success.
Cedaredge High School's Reid Gates was the top winner in the boys' division with 3290 points and Taylor Polson finished ninth (2522) to represent Paonia's Lady Eagles.
Events scheduled for the boys included two running events (200m and 1500m) and three field events (high jump, long jump, and discus).
Female participants entered in the competition ran the 800 and 200 meter races and competed in high jump, long jump, and shot put for their field events.
Cedaredge track coach Kirby Henderson noted, "The last Cedaredge athlete to compete in the pentathlon was Bill Kehmeier. He won the state championship in 1970 and 1971."
Not all of the events Gates competed in were completed in top five fashion. He was solid in the 200m, high jump, long jump and discus. The only problem confronting Gates was the 1500m run where he finished in a tie for seventeenth and scored just 466 points for the event.
On the bright side, Gates had top 10 finishes in his remaining four events to run away with the title after scoring 3290 points. His nearest competitor was Brodie Hicks of Falcon who finished with 3104 points.
Gates won the high jump (as he did at this year's state 3A track meet), placed second in the discus throw, was fourth in long jump, and finished sixth in the 200m dash.
Gates' first-place finish in high jump earned him 758 points. He cleared 1.95 meters (6-4.75) to win the event and earn his second gold medal in high jump after winning the Class 3A state high jump title in May. Gates' best jump of his career was 6-8, and he achieved that goal twice in 2013.
The only other WSL competitor in the high jump, Austin Tafoya of Battle Mountain, cleared 1.52m to place 28th in this event. Brodie Hicks of Falcon tied for ninth with eight other jumpers to earn 593 points. Hicks was the runner-up to Gates for the men's title.
A second-place finish in discus competition was no surprise for Gates. He earned 643 points for sailing the disc 38.92m (127-7). Gates had a throw of 139-4 that qualified him for state. Matthew Evans of Arvada West won the event with a throw of 39.41. Hicks placed 12th with a distance of 27.64m to earn 418 points.
A fourth-place finish in long jump left Gates amongst the leaders with 650 points earned in the event. Gates jumped 6.29m (20-6) in Brighton but had a season-best leap of 21-9.25 in 2013. Hicks won the long jump with an effort of 6.66m to earn 734 points and stay in contention for the men's title.
Hicks was a double-winner in pentathlon competition with the 200m dash title in a time of 22.22 and 861 points. Gates finished sixth (23.13) for 773 points. Gates had a season-best 23-09 in the 220m dash for Cedaredge High School.
The toughest event for Gates in the pentathlon was the 1500m run. Fort Collins' Rory Shulte won the race with a time of 4:33 and Hicks was tenth in a time of 5:11. Gates' time was 5:17 (a personal best) and tied with Mountain View's Ryan Vomacka for seventeenth place and 466 points. Battle Mountain's Tafoya was 14th.
Paonia was well-represented at the women's pentathlon competition in Brighton. Junior Taylor Polson finished in the top 20 in all but one of her five events in Brighton.
Considering Polson did not compete in three of the five pentathlon events, she had a successful outing in the 2013 Colorado State Pentathlon Meet.
A fifth-place finish in the 800m run was one of the major factors in Polson's ninth-place finish in women's competition. She had a time of 2:29 and earned 705 points for her efforts. Polson's best time for the season was 2:26.15 at the 2A League Meet on May 11.
The women's pentathlon winner, Heather Harrower, from Fairview High School, placed fourth in the 800m in a time of 2:27. Mountain View's Riley Cooney won the race with a time of 2:20.
Polson's next best event was the long jump where she leaped 4.55 (14-9) and finished 11th to earn 441 points. Loveland's Taylor Buschy won the event by jumping 5:02m. Harrower was third with a jump of 4.86.
There were two 17th-place finishes for Polson. One came in the 200m where she was clocked at 27.78 to earn 648 points. Harrower was a sixth-place finisher.
The second seventeenth-place finish came in shot put where Polson heaved the shot 7.222m and earned 349 points. Pentathlon winner Harrower placed 25th with a throw of 6.86m. Audrey Kohlts (Arapahoe High School) had a throw of 9.14m to place first.
Polson's weakest event, high jump, left her tied with eight other competitors for 27th place after a jump of 4-2. Harrower solidified her hold on first place with a leap of 1.47m that was good for fourth place in the event. Highland Ranch's Jamie Clawson cleared 1.52m to earn 644 points and first place.blog comments powered by Disqus