By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Track Wrap Up  

There was some good about Mullen’s performance in the Class 4A portion of the state track and field meet that was completed on Sunday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood after last week’s series of storms pushed it back and eliminated preliminaries.

The thing was, there wasn’t enough of it to wipe out the pesky what-could-have-been portion … at least, not in the immediate moments of completion.  A lot of Mustangs weren’t happy. “Not at all,” senior Marcus McElroy said.  Still, some placings should soothe some of the unhappy ending.

For one, senior Christian Cumber followed up his fourth place in the 200 meters on Saturday with a sixth-place effort in the 100, getting clocked in 10.94 seconds. He will go on to play football at Colorado State in Fort Collins. For another, the Mustangs 400 relay team also placed, nabbing seventh. And for another, sophomore Lauren Cox took fifth in the 100 in 12.54.

However, the boys’ relays in the 400 and 800 entered the meet seeded first. A bad pass with the baton and a pulled hamstring by junior Adrian Jackson dashed title hopes.  Plus, the change of schedule took sophomore Wind Henderson out of two jumps as he had a family commitment.

In more than three decades, coach John Hancock has seen just about everything a state track meet can offer. “Well, I usually tell the kids that at a state meet not everything goes right and not everything goes wrong,” he said.  “Saturday, I think the graduations were mentally taxing. And they got here about 45 minutes before they ran. And then Adrian gets hurt and that’s the best we could do. You feel bad for them. You want the kids to have great experiences and you wanted to it to be something they’ll always remember.”

Neither (boys) relay worked, Hancock said, “but Christian had a great meet. And Anne (Gabrielson) had a good pole vault (on Saturday, finishing third).” Overall, the Mullen girls finished 24th with 12 team points. The boys were 20th with 14. Air Academy won the girls’ side in a tight one, 92-83 over runner-up Niwot, and the Vista Ridge boys flexed their muscles by easily outdistancing Air Academy 93.50 to 58.

Even the sting of disappointment felt by McElroy, another footballer bound for CSU and who said he “would think about this for a long time,” was modified by the fact that it was “it was nice to finish out with my teammates and spend the last week together.”

Mullen is down to one sport for the 2016-17 school year. Girls golfers will compete in the 3A state championship Monday and Tuesday at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield.

Quality over Quantity.

When the spring pageantry otherwise known as the state track and field meet begins on Thursday and runs into Saturday, Mullen will be represented by more quality than quantity, and quality may be enough in the five-classification system.

The Mustangs’ qualifiers are modest in numbers, but their potential for team points could prove considerable, particularly on the boys’ side.  Inclement weather predictions aside – snow, freezing temperatures and lots of dark skies and gloom -- Mullen entrants are stoked.  “Absolutely, I mean, regardless of the weather, and I’ve seen the forecast, no matter what I’m going to go out there and run the fastest I can,” Mustangs senior sprinter Christian Cumber said.

The Mustangs will ride their hopes on individual and relay speed, which basically is same thing and comes from the same sources. There’s Cumber, a senior headed to Colorado State to play defensive back; junior Adrian Jackson, a junior linebacker/safety who recently pledged to Oregon; sophomore Jeordon Holmes; and running back Marcus McElroy, another CSU signee.

In fact, they have combined to dominate the 400- and 800-meter relays, registering the top times regardless of classification. In the 400, the fab four have been clocked in 41.80 seconds and in the 800 they went 1:27.52.  “I don’t think they’ve run their best races,” veteran Mustangs coach John Hancock said.

Mullen owns the state meet record, 41.28 set in 1997, and Hancock said it’s not out of the realm of possibility of “making a run at it.”  Said Cumber: “I think we have a great group of guys and all should be able to score some points and maybe take a title.”  Cumber (10.83) and Jackson (11.05) will be in Heat 1 of the 100. McElory (10.95) will be in the third of three heats.

In the 200, Jackson (22.26) will be in the second of three heats with Cumber (21.90) following in the third.  Cumber, ranked in the top five in both sprints, said “it’s anyone’s race.”  And Jackson, who towers over most sprinters and easily outweighs them, admits that he “tries to use it as intimidation (against others), but they usually get out faster than me.”

Holmes also will be in the 110 hurdles.  Sophomore Wind Henderson (22 feet, 6.5 inches) will be competing in the long jump and  high jump (6-3).  Hancock said the top team scoring should be in the 50s or 60s and to watch for the likes of Mountain Vista, Palmer Ridge and Vista Ridge.

Mullen is lighter on the girls’ side. Sophomore Lauren Cox will be in the 100 (12.54), but the Mustangs should be strong in the pole vault with Anne Gabrielson (10-6) and Camille DiPaola (10-4). Sophomore Cassandra Pine (34-11) is one to watch in the shot put and the 400 relay team of DiPaola, Gabrielson, Cox and sophomore Kate Rowland has been clocked in 50.80.

Hancock said Valor Christian will be tough to handle in the team chase.

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Christian Cumber leads the Mustangs  

With sixth-place finishes on both of the boys and girls side, Mullen completed its regular season in track and field on Saturday in the Centennial League meet held at the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village.

Top finisher for the Mustangs was Christian Cumber, who won the 100 meters in 11.01 seconds.

Boys relay teams also finished first in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.

Top finisher for girls was Lauren Cox, who was second in the 100 in 12.82 seconds.

The Mustangs will be in the 4A state meet to be held Thursday-Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

 

RESULTS

BOYS

Team scores – Cherokee Trail 132, Cherry Creek 111.50, Arapahoe 100, Grandview 98, Eaglecrest 96, Mullen 57.50, Overland 56, Smoky Hill 33.

 

Top Mullen finishers

100 meters – 1. Christian Cumber, 11.01 seconds; 6. Adrian Jackson, 11.38; 8. Marcus McElroy, 11.46.

1,600 – 15. Bryce Medaris, 4:51.44; 24. Robbia Manta, 5:01.12; 30. Charlie Manta, 5:42.17.

200 – 6. Adrian Jackson, 24.30.

3,200 – 25. Robbie Manta, 11:13.71; 26. Sean Wallace, 12:24.20.

400 relay – 1. 41.83.

800 relay – 1. 1:27.52.

1,600 relay – 1. 5. 3:33.78.

800 – 19. Sebastian Campos, 2:10.80; 21. Christian Rapp, 2:15.03; 25. Eric Rapp, 2:21.13.

Discus – 5. Carson Freeman, 120 feet, 6 inches; 10. Sam DeSeviere, 116-5; 13. Trevor Kirking, 108-2.5

High jump – 4. Thomas Kelley, 5-7.

Long jump – 8. Wind Henderson, 21-0.

Pole vault – 10. Ryan Carrigan, 11-0.

Shot put – Sam DeSeviere, 41-10; 14. Aiden Keenaaina, 37-10; 20. Steve Coleman, 36-2.

Triple jump – 7. Wind Henderson, 40-1; 8. David Cruz, 40-0; 15. Christian Cruz, 37-7.

 

GIRLS

Team scores – Grandview 166, Cherokee Trail 143, Cherry Creek 118, Arapahoe 92, Smoky Hill 59, Mullen 54, Eaglecrest 46, Overland 43.

 

Top Mullen finishers

100 – 2. Lauren Cox, 12.82.

1,600 – 14. Katie Liedtke, 5:58.58; 16. Madison Wainscoat, 6:11.50; 21. Emily Deline, 6:32.71.

3,200 – Katie Liedtke, 13:58.68.

400 relay – 4. 50.80.

1,600 relay – 4. 4:22.37.

3,200 relay – 10:30.39.

800 – 13. Madison Wainscoat, 2:32.54; 14. Lauren Banko, 2:33.05; 19. Morgan Atwell, 2:46.32.

Discus – 3. Victoria May, 96-2; 9. Vicki DeSeviere, 88-1; 11. Cassandra Pine, 85-10; 19. Saba Mitchel, 68-2.50.

High jump – 12. Emma Telgenhoff, 4-4.

Pole vault – 3. Camille DiPaola, 10-4;  4. Anne Gabrielson, 10-4.

Shot put – 3. Cassandra Pine, 34-11; 4. Victoria May, 33-7.50; 6. Nicki DeSeviere, 33-0.

Sprint medley relay – 8. 2:03.53.

Triple jump – 15. Cassie Schottland, 28-10; 16. Anna Murdy, 28-2.25; 17. Emma Telgenhoff, 25-4.25.

 

 

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