Mullen track and field has illustrious history.
With 22 Colorado team championships across both genders – all since 1994 – as well as a couple of boys titles in the old Parochial League, Mustangs performances continue to stand among the elite in state annals.
Additional entries were capped on Sunday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. And despite snowstorm problems that forced delays, night competition and even more of a hurry-up-and-let’s-get-this-over approach than usual, the Mustangs rode the stellar performances of Agur Dwol and Kilah Freelon to a second consecutive second-place finish in Class 4A.
Dwol and Freelon were part of four firsts and six of the eight events in which the Mustangs placed.
An Oklahoma signee, Dwol clearly established herself as Colorado’s best female jumper. She was tops in the U.S. during the indoor season in the triple jump and did even better without a roof over her head. She won the triple with a national-best and state-record 42 feet, 5.5 inches. In the long jump, she recently flew past 20 feet, ending at 20-1.75, also tops nationally for the spring.
No, she didn’t high jump, but for all we know Dwol probably would have been awesome at that one, too, as well as if another event was created, say, the back jump.
Dwol walks away with three triple-jump crowns and two in the long jump (there was no season as a sophomore because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic).
As for Freelon, she didn’t compete the past season, instead concentrating on basketball, and it worked – she will play at Texas Tech and was a large factor in the most-recent two of four consecutive Colorado championships. And her return was well worth it as she took third in the 100-meter hurdles and easily finished first in the 300 race.
Dwol and Freelon also led the 800 relay team to first and the 400 to fourth. Paige Lousberg was on both teams. Shannon McCarthy also was on the 400 group and Lydia Gammon delivered on the 800 four.
For distances, Amy O’Connell, Elisa Brear, Genevieve Hockin and Kira Van Der Steen took fourth in the 3,200 relay.
Overall, it was a successful first year in command for first-year head coach Darius Reed, himself a former star at George Washington High.
Below are Mullen’s best efforts:
TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Jefferson County Stadium, Lakewood
Top team scores – 1. Niwot 170, 2. Mullen 61.
100-meter hurdles – 3. Kilah Freelon, 14.92 seconds.
300 hurdles – 1. Kilah Freelon, 32.13.
400 relay – 4. Agur Dwol, Kilah Freelon, Shannon McCarthy, Paige Lousberg, 49.06. 49.057
800 relay – 1. Agur Dwol, Kilah Freelon, Lydia Gammon, Paige Lousberg, 1:42.75.
800 sprint medley relay – 9. Shannon McCarthy, Paige Lousberg, Lydia Gammon, Julia Brown, 1:53.55.
3,200 relay – 4. Amy O’Connell, Elisa Brear, Genevieve Hockin, Kira Van Der Steen, 10:00.4.
Triple jump – 1. Agur Dwol, 42 feet, 5.5 inches.
Long jump – 1. Agur Dwol, 20-1.75.