Littleton’s senior Elsie Mangum won the girls shot put competition with a throw of 31-07.50 feet at the City of Littleton Track & Field Championships. Photos by Tom Barry
The Centennial League teams participated in the City of Littleton Track and Field Championships, April 5. This was the start of the boys 1,600-meter race won by Martin Christian, a senior at Heritage, with a time of 4:29.98.
By Tom Barry
Under the warm spring sun April 5, the Centennial League schools competed in the 41st annual City of Littleton Track and Field Championships. The tightly scheduled events went off without a hitch over four hours of competition that began after school and carried on until 8 p.m. This event allows athletes to qualify for the state meet.
Arapahoe High School hosted the event providing the management efforts, score keeping and volunteers who assisted at the concession stand and on the field.
Three Littleton Public Schools, including Arapahoe, Heritage and Littleton, also competed with area rivals from Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge from Jefferson County. The six teams comprise the Centennial League.
Around 200 family members and friends came to watch the athletes from area high schools compete in a plethora of events ranging from pole-vaulting to sprints.
This annual event showcased 37 track and field events that lasted into the night, as the overhead lights illuminated the Littleton Public Schools Stadium just east of Broadway at Littleton Boulevard. There were track and field events for both the girls and boys at the yearly meet.
Heritage hurdler Alex Motler, a freshman, was in lane 8 competing with other Centennial League runners in the boys 300-meter and hit the hurdle, fell and got up and continued.
There is a rural area adjacent the east side of the Littleton complex that has horses and a barn across the fence on private property. Adjacent the fence there is a runway for the pole vault and the high foam pit at the end. Also, there are two side-by-side runways for triple and long jump events with a massive sand pit on the south end. This can accommodate two events.
The eight lane track was resurfaced last year to accommodate the use by three separate schools and the regular use by Littleton High which shares the campus. There were numerous races on the track from sprints, to distance races to relays involving several runners.
Arapahoe High girls and boys teams placed first in the meet. Heritage placed second in both categories. Littleton girls captured the fifth slot, while the boys landed in the fourth position. The team results from the meet are posted below.
There was a long jump meet record achieved by Amanda Clements of Chatfield jumping 18 feet, and 3.4 inches. Another meet record was recorded by the Arapahoe girls member Devan Foster in the 800 meters 2:18:28.
In the City of Littleton Track and Field Championships the boy’s 3,200-meter race Martin Christian of Heritage won with a time of 10:08.49. Daniel Vavrik of Arapahoe placed second; Ryan Cutter of Dakota Ridge placed third; Dominick Brevig and Nicholas Moore of Arapahoe placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Women – Team Rankings:
19 Events Scored
1) Arapahoe High School 211.25
2) Heritage High School 110.50
3) Dakota Ridge High School 83
4) Chatfield High School 68.25
5) Littleton High School 55
6) Columbine High School 40
In the boys 800 meter (half mile) race competitors from the Centennial League competed in the City of Littleton Track & Field Championships held at the district’s stadium April 5. Six schools, including three from Littleton Public Schools, participated in the annual event. Nathan Moore, a senior at Chatfield, won the event with a time of 2:00.35.
Men – Team Rankings:
18 Events Scored
1) Arapahoe High School 147.50
2) Heritage High School 120
3) Chatfield High School 98.50
4) Littleton High School 88
5) Columbine High School 56
6) Dakota Ridge High School 30
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