Brighton High School will be well-represented at this year’s state 5A track-and-field meet at Jeffco Stadium, U.S. highway 6 and Kipling Street, Lakewood.
Eight individuals and a relay team advanced. The relay team is the 4-by-800-meter squad. Rachel Lopez, Kaila Green, Destiny Chacon and Abigail Smidt go to state with the third-fastest time in the state (9:52.1). The one-heat final starts at 11:40 a.m., May 15.
Kiana Gomez qualified in two events. Her top time of 15.14 seconds put her in 11th place in the state and in the first heat of runners for the May 15 preliminaries. Race time is 10:30 a.m. Gomez also made it to state in the triple jump. She recorded the 11th-longest jump (35-9 ¾) in the state this season. She’s in the first of two flights in the event, which starts at 11 a.m., May 17.
As was the case last year, Deziree Lipsett qualified in two events. Her top effort of 36-2 ¾ in the shot put placed her in the second of two flights at state and earned her the seventh seed overall. The shot put begins at 8:30 a.m., May 17. She qualified in the discus as well. She had the third-best throw in the discus this spring at 130 feet 1 inch. The girls discus begins at 11 a.m., May 15.
Erika White advanced to the state meet in the long jump. She’s in the first of two flights with a best leap of 17 feet 2 inches, which earned her the 14th seed in the field.
Kevin Lopez-Tapia qualified in the boys shot put and discus. He has the 12th position in the shot put with a best throw of 49-2 ½. He’ll be in the first flight of the shot put, which starts at 10:30 a.m., May 17. His best throw in the discus (144 feet 6 inches) put him in the first flight of that event and garnered him the 17th seed in the field. The discus begins at 8:30 a.m., May 15.
Lopez also qualified in the 800-meter run. She has the 10th-fastest time in the state at 2:15.65. Her race begins at 12:50 p.m., May 16. Katelyn Ellis returns to the state high jump this spring. Ellis’ top height of 5 feet 2 inches put her in 16th position in the field. Her event begins at 10:30 a.m., May 16.
In the weather-delayed Eastern Metro Athletic Conference meet, BHS won both the boys and girls titles. On the girls side, Chacon won the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.06 seconds. Teammate Elizabeth DeFeo was second, 0.05 of a second behind.
Lopez won the conference title in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.65. She beat the second-place finisher, Morgan Bloyer of Rangeview High School, by more than 14 seconds. Leo Solano nipped Hinkley’s Merhawet Taeme by 0.08 of a second to win the EMAC championship in the 1,600-meter run. Solano also won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:44.55.
Gomez won two events, the girls 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.47 seconds and the triple jump with a best effort of 35-2 ½. Ellis captured the EMAC title in the girls high jump with a best leap of 5 feet 2 inches. White was the winner of the girls long jump at 16 feet 6 ½ inches.
Lipsett won the EMAC crown in the shot put with a best toss of 36-2 3/4 and in the discus with a throw of 130-11.
On the boys side, Isley Wilson won the boys 110-meter hurdles title in a time of 16.58. He nudged out Rangeview’s Darien Odegard by 0.02 of a second for the conference title. Lopez-Tapia won the shot put with a best toss of 49 feet 2 inches. He also won the discus with a top toss of 144 feet 6 ½ inches.