Lions roar to win dual state track titles

Girls, boys squads claim 3A crowns in three-day event

Posted 5/21/19

Track and field is a popular and successful sport at Lutheran High school. The Lions won both the girls and boys Class 3A state titles at the CHSAA State Track Championships which were held May 16-18 …

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Lions roar to win dual state track titles

Girls, boys squads claim 3A crowns in three-day event

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Track and field is a popular and successful sport at Lutheran High school.

The Lions won both the girls and boys Class 3A state titles at the CHSAA State Track Championships which were held May 16-18 at Jeffco Stadium.

“For a school of 500, we have 130 kids on our team,” said Lions coach Darwin Horan. “That's pretty amazing. They have a good time.”

Lutheran's girls, the state runner-up last season, outlasted Colorado Academy to win the championships with 109 points compared to 106 for the Mustangs. It was the first state title for the girls.

The boys team amassed 91.50 points to win the 3A championship, with Denver West grabbing the second-place trophy with 65 points.

It was the fifth state title in the past six years for the boys program and the sixth overall.

“It was amazing,” said Horan. “We did it with a bunch of hard-working kids. We didn't have any superstars. We just had to grind it out events at a time. It was pretty special.

“All the event coaches are so passion. The kids like them and we spend a lot of time with the kids. They seem to love it.”

Senior Nate Hanson captured the 110-meter hurdles as one of two individual state champions for the boys team. He was timed in 14.31 which would have been a state meet record but the winds nullified any record consideration.

Sophomore Noah Kelly won the pole vault with a vault of 14-06.00.

The boys 2x200 relay team ran first with a time of 1:30.76. Cole Caskey, Max Riukin, Jack Casper and Kameron Varney were the team members.

Katie Sundrup, Isabella Diluzio, Nyah Streib and Regan Aurich set a meet record of 1:48.12 in winning the girls 800 sprint relay.

Sophomore Katie Dock-Howell won the shot put with a heave of 42-09.25 and the discus with a 139-07 throw. Junior Caitlin Simmons won the triple jump at 38-06.00 .

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