Megan McCabe a 16-year-old junior at Creek attempts a vault. McCabe is rated first in the state with a vault of 12.5 feet and ranks 20th in the nation.
Mullen sprinters pose after placing in the meet: Amanda Diaz, Devon Case, Taylor Klein and Bridget Schaefer.
By Tom Barry
On April 13, athletes showed up for Mullen High School’s 16th annual Runners Roost Invitational Meet for a full day of 117 events, split between the girls and boys races and field competitions.
“This meet is probably the largest meet in the state,” said John Hancock, who has coached at Mullen for 28 years.
This meet is a precursor to the state finals in May. Forty-three teams from throughout Colorado brought their top-notch athletes to compete. Athletes competed in a full array of track and field events. Most of the races were close finishes, sometimes a photo review was used to determine the top three places. The field events proved to be close as well.
Coach Tom Southall from Cherokee Trails put together a Unified Team composed of Special Olympic athletes from Eaglecrest, Overland and Cherokee Trail high schools. Nine runners were each awarded medals for their races.
Cherry Creek High School’s freshmen sprinter and hurdler Ashley Miller was awarded several medals and a colorful bouquet of flowers after winning events. Megan McCabe, a fellow Bruin, is the state leader in the pole vault and is ranked 20th nationally. Creek’s girls track coach Sally Moose was selected as the meet’s Coach of the Year.
Vince Greco, a retired Mullen CEO and former teacher and principal, returned to the school to assist with the annual track meet. The track complex is named after him and he was the national track coach of the year in 1968.Photos by Tom Barry
Creek’s Ashley Miller (with flowers), a freshman, stands with competitors in a sprint race that she won at the 16th Annual Mullen Runners Roost track meet April 13.
During the annual Mullen Runners Roost meet, the school honored coaches and track and field competitors which included (left to right) former coach Jack Carson, Rick Brewer, John Hancock – Mullen’s head track coach, an unidentified competitor, Courtney Ranson and Tracy Dorland.
Creek’s Megan McCabe talks with John Carmony, a meet official (left) and her coach David Ladd, a former pole vaulter, whose son is also on the Bruins team.
Cherry Creek Schools fielded the Unified Team composed of Special Olympic athletes that competed in two races at the Mullen Invitational meet. Each competitor was awarded a medal. Athletes attend Eaglecrest, Overland and Cherokee Trail high schools and were joined by fellow athletes and coaches.
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