LAKEWOOD — It was a fitting end.
The last Heritage Christian Academy athletes to compete in the three-day Colorado state track and field championships won a state title Saturday, putting the finishing touches on the Eagles’ sweep of the boys and girls Class 1A team titles.
Strong finishes at the end of each leg carried the Eagles to the boys 1,600-meter relay title, adding 10 more points to their team total. The Heritage Christian boys finished with 126 points, 35 more than runner-up Springfield.
The Heritage Christian girls, who got an individual title Saturday from senior Rebekah Rairdon in the 1,600, scored 121 points to runner-up Springfield’s 69 ½ to claim back-to-back team titles.
“That’s what our goal was, and it’s so amazing that we got to be able to do that both as a guys team and a girls team,” Rairdon said. “It was super fun, and a good way to end.”
Rairdon and teammate Leeann Wagner went 1-2 in the 1,600 with times of 5 minutes, 36.23 and 5:44.52. Rairdon later finished second in the 300 hurdles in 50.15.
But the Eagles piled on many of their points with their depth, picking up second- through ninth-place finishes throughout the meet.
Isaiah Bowsher was third in the boys 1,600 Saturday in 4:53.59, and teammate Luke Gilliland was fifth in 4:57.60. Annie Weaver was third in the girls long jump at 16-1 ½, Caleb Wickstrom fourth in the boys high jump at 6-1 and Jeff Stellingwerth fourth in the boys 400 in 51.48.
Senior Matt Lee and his teammates in the 1,600 relay — senior Robbie Wagner, Wickstrom and junior Taylor Motschall — were thrilled to close out the meet with another state title, only the second of the meet for the Heritage Christian boys along with the one Gilliland won Thursday in the 3,200.
Heritage Christian teams had finished second in the boys 400 relay earlier Saturday and in the 3,200 relay Friday.
“It was awesome,” Lee said. “This is our last race. We prayed, and then we went out and accomplished what we needed to.”
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN BOYS SECOND — Led by senior Cooper Ward, who won two individual titles and ran on two state championship relay teams, the Resurrection Christian boys finished second in the Class 2A team standings with 85 points — 13 behind winner Cedaredge.
Ward won individual titles in the 100 (11.37 seconds) and 200 (22.56) and ran on winning teams in the 400 and 1,600 relays.
Evan Anderson, who joined Ward on the two winning relay teams, was a state champion in the 400 and finished fifth in the 200.
ROCKY GIRLS FOURTH — Picking up 10 points Saturday from Gabby McDonald’s win in the discus and nine more from Kacey Doner and Callin Naddy in the 1,600, the Rocky Mountain girls finished fourth in the 5A team standings with 55 ½ points. Fort Collins was the winner with 81, Arapahoe was second with 69 and Cherokee Trail was third with 68.
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Fossil Ridge’s girls finished 19th with 17 points, and Poudre was 33rd with six.
POUDRE BOYS NINTH — Poudre’s boys finished ninth in 5A with 30 points, all from Henry Raymond, who won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Fort Collins’ boys were 15th with 22 points, and Rocky Mountain was 29th with nine. Fossil Ridge did not score.
DESMOND PACES WIZARDS — Windsor had three top-six finishes Saturday, led by Luke Desmond’s fourth-place finish in the 4A boys 400 in 48.72.
Windsor’s Chanyee Kingsbury was fifth in the girls 100 in 12.47, and teammate Britney Robinson sixth in the 300 hurdles in 46.80.
The Windsor girls finished 12th in the 4A team standings with 27 points, while the Windsor boys were 20th with 12 points.
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