Matt Watwood won his first state championship Thursday at the Class 2A state track and field meet in Lakewood. His shot put of 48 feet, 9 inches was more than enough to best the field.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Matt Watwood won his first state championship Thursday at the Class 2A state track and field meet in Lakewood. His shot put of 48 feet, 9 inches was more than enough to best the field.

Soroco doubles up at state track meet

Matt Watwood, Alex Estes titles on 1st day of championship meet

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— Long jump and shot put share one thing in common as far as the average spectator is concerned. Watching from afar, they both usually take some guesstimation.

Was that 46 feet or 47? First place or fifth?

It’s all a cloud of sand until the official score is announced.

That wasn’t the case Thursday as the Soroco High School track team rocked the opening day of the state track meet in Lakewood.

Senior Matt Watwood won a state championship in the shot put, and classmate Alex Estes took the title in long jump, and they did it in a fashion so dominating no one was left guessing.

At the end of the day, those performances had the Rams in first place with 22 points.

“That was pretty good,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “Those two guys, I tell ya … yeah, that was pretty good.”

Watwood lingered in fourth place after the preliminary throws, but Bruner said that was part of the plan. Watwood is an entertainer known for the impromptu magic shows he often puts on, even during meets. He had thrown in the prelims at 80 percent.

In the finals, he took the spotlight and blew away his competition.

His first throw brought him within 2 inches of the lead, and his second flew 48 feet, 9 inches, enough to make Magic Matt a state champ by more than 16 inches.

“I was so ecstatic,” Watwood said. “I threw it, and it just soared.”

Estes, meanwhile, didn’t surprise anyone. Second in the same event a year ago, he entered this year’s meet with the best jump of the season.

Holyoke’s Kyle Carper eclipsed Estes’ previous best with an early jump, but after one scratch Estes was back on top. He flew nearly 6 inches further than Carper, setting the school record by more than a foot and securing the championship with a leap of 22-8 1/4.

“After Kyle’s jump I was freaking out,” Estes said. “Then I came back and it just felt good. I hit everything perfect.

“This is pretty sweet.”

Both will try to do it again today. Estes is a favorite in the triple jump, as is Watwood in the discus.

Hayden’s Walker, Soroco relay advance at state meet

Hayden’s Jake Walker had little trouble advancing to the finals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning his preliminary heats in both events.

He enters today’s 200 finals and Saturday’s 100 finals with the second-best time in both.

Soroco senior Cody Miles shined in the long jump with Estes, placing eighth with a leap of 20-1 1/2. He will try to score again today in the triple jump.

The girls 1,600-meter relay team saved a disappointing day for Soroco’s relays by qualifying to advance to Saturday’s finals. The girls 800-meter and sprint medley relay teams both fell short, while the boys 3,200-meter relay placed 10th.

Steamboat’s Bessette fails to make finals

The state meet didn’t grant any wishes for Steamboat’s Thursday entry, triple jumper Morgan Bessette. She failed to make the finals, finishing 18th with a jump of 31-4 1/2.

It was disappointing, she said, but in the short-term only.

“It was fun,” said the senior, who plans to continue her track and field career next year at Colorado College. “I was happy to make it to state. That was an accomplishment.”

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com


Day 1 results

Class 2A boys

Team standings

1. Soroco, 22

2. Holyoke, 14
3. Wray, 13

3. Eads, 13

5. Rocky Ford, 10

6. Pikes Peak Christian, 8

6. Paonia, 6

8. Idalia, 7

8. Hi-Plains 7

10. Burlington 5

10. The Vanguard School 5

Long jump finals

1. Alex Estes, Soroco, 22-8 1/4

2. Kyle Carper, Holyoke, 22-2 1/2

3. Adam Marostica, Idalia, 21-3 3/4

4. Kelly Siegrist, Wray, 20-11 1/4

5. Kraig Tagtmeyer, Hi-Plains, 20-7

6. Taylor Russel, Karval, 20-2

7. Colin Simon, Stratton, 20-2

8. Cody Miles, Soroco, 20-1 1/2

9. Rafe Schroder, Baca County, 19-11

Shot put finals

1. Matt Watwood, Soroco, 48-9

2. Caleb Smith, Pikes Peak, 47-4 ¾

3. Daniel Weirich, Eads, 47-4

4. Garrett Smith, Eads, 45-6 ½

5. Nolan Queen, Burlington, 44-5

6. Isaac Leonard, Mancos, 44-4 ½

7. Jordan Murphy, Lutheran-Parker, 44-2 ½

8. Jakota Walters, Crowley County, 44-1

9. Alex Herrera, Ignacio, 43-7

3,200-meter relay finals

1. Rocky Ford, 8:27.17

2. Paonia, 8:31.23

3. Wray, 8:31.66

4. Holyoke, 8:36.33

5. The Vanguard School, 8:38.44

6. Center, 8:43.36

7. Otis, 8:48.46

8. Hi-Plains, 8:52.70

9. Del Norte, 8:53.83

10. Soroco, 8:58.91

11. Cripple Creek-Victor, 9:00.00

100-meter dash finals qualifiers

1. Bryar DeSanti, Merino, 11.19

2. Jake Walker, Hayden, 11.21

3. Jake Warta, Sedgwick County, 11.37

4. Steven Voight, Paonia, 11.38

5. Laken Alley, Baca County, 11.38

6. Jose Olivas, Center, 11.43

7. Cody Roberts, Hoehne, 11.42

8. Mashi Moghaddam, Lutheran-Parker, 11.49

9. Christian Burney, Rocky Ford, 11.52

200-meter dash finals qualifiers

1. Bryar DeSanti, Merino, 22.65

2. Jake Walker, Hayden, 22.91

3. Luis Huerta, Wray, 22.68

4. Jarret Cure, Wray, 23.22

5. Jacob Sarradet, Shining Mount Waldorf, 22.99

6. Christian Burney, Rocky Ford, 23.35

7. Morgan Biel, Sargent, 23.33

8. Matt Brown, Limon, 23.39

9. Steven Voight, Paonia, 23.45

Class 2A girls

1,600-meter relay finals qualifiers

1. Akron, 4:11.07

2. Kim, 4:13.38

3. Dolores, 4:13.55

4. Wray, 4:15.07

5. Paonia, 4:15.38

6. Las Animas, 4:16.25

7. Soroco, 4:18.22

8. Kiowa, 4:20.50

9. Elbert, 4:20.56

800-meter relay preliminary results

1. Akron, 1:46.66

2. Holyoke, 1:46.79

3. Las Animas, 1:48.58

4. Paonia, 1:51.30

5. Dolores, 1:49.03

6. Elbert, 1:51.74

7. Simla, 1:50.62

8. Haxtun, 1:52.58

9. Wray, 1:52.84

10. Soroco, 1:53.10

11. Custer County, 1:54.07

Sprint medley relay

1. Akron, 1:51.18

2. Holyoke, 1:52.78

3. Dolores, 1:53.70

4. Kim, 1:54.70

5. Paonia, 1:56.12

6. Wray, 1:56.18

7. Simla, 1:57.06

8. Springfield, 1:57.96

9. Merino, 1:58.30

10. Calhan, 1:58.84

11. Lutheran-Parker, 1:59.43

12. South Park, 1:59.53

13. Soroco, 2:00.22

Class 4A girls

Triple jump

1. Amy Medina, Mountain View, 38-2 3/4

2. Courtney Mills, Berthoud, 37-3 3/4

3. Taylor McNamara, Greeley Central, 36-7 1/4

4. Erin Stumbaugh, Mountain View, 36-2 1/4

5. Sa ‘De Lewis, Falcon, 36-2 1/2

6. Koree Willer, Fossil Ridge, 36-1 1/2

7. Calyn Hull, D’Evelyn, 35-9 1/2

8. Kirstin Franklin, Greeley West, 35-7 1/2

9. Olevia Shafer, Palisade, 35-6

10. Abby Pahlau, Fossil Ridge, 35-6

11. Annie Kunz, Wheat Ridge, 35-11 1/4

12. Theresa Gabriel, Glenwood Springs, 34-11 1/4

13. Ginger Klopping, Skyline, 34-7

14. Cheyenne Hall, Berthoud, 34-6

15. Andrea Tuck, Canon City, 34-4 3/4

16. Nikita Lester, Harrison, 33-0 3/4

17. Ali Ary, Pueblo County, 32-6 3/4

18. Morgan Bessette, Steamboat Springs, 31-4 1/2

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