Custer County School News
7 Athletes, 6 Medals:
Custer County Track and Field scores yet again at the State Meet
Jack Swartz, May 18, 2015
This was it. The last meet of the season and the last High School meet for a lot of Custer County's best. The Colorado Track and Field State Championship, held at Jefferson County Stadium. The State meet places out to 9th, with each athlete 9th or higher receiving a State Championship medal. Custer County qualified 7 athletes for State, half of the team. Highlighting the group going were Sophomore Serenity Ham and Senior Corey Lewenkamp.
Thursday afternoon would be the start of the meet for the Bobcats with Ham qualifying for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles. Also competing on Thursday was Senior Denver Mullet. Making his first state appearance, Mullet took 7th in the triple jump with a mark of 40' 2". The marque eventThursday night was the 3200 meter race. The Bobcats had two seniors in the race, Michael Franta competing in his first ever State Meet, and senior Corey Lewenkamp competing in his 4th state meet. Franta would place 17th in a time of 10:57. Franta finished his senior year breaking 11 minutes for the 2 mile three times in the last three weeks. As for Lewenkamp, being one of the most decorated athletes at Custer County, he would not disappoint. Seeded third to start the race, Lewenkamp ran a great race to take 2nd place. State runner up in a new school record of 9:41. Lewenkamp has re-broken his 2 mile school record three times in the last three weeks.
Friday brought about more qualifying for finals with Senior Dillon Wommack and Serenity Ham making it to the finals for the 300 meter hurdles. Also competing in the 300 meter hurdles, at her first state appearance was Junior Katlyn Freeburg. Freeburg would end up 15th. Junior Emily Crossley also made her State debut in the Discus. Crossley being a first year thrower took 15th with a throw of 91' 8".
The last day of the State meet is filled with tension, happiness, and agony. The Bobcats would enjoy a lot of happiness. First up was Ham in the final of the 100 meter hurdles. Ham came into the meet ranked 4th. She would place 3rd in a time of 16.81 seconds. Ham's first top 3 finish at the State meet. Next up was Dillon Wommack in the 300 meter hurdles. Wommack ran a personal best to make the finals and would take 5th in a time of 42.43 seconds. Ham would be back on the track for the 300 meter hurdles, seeded 4th again in the finals. Ham would yet again provide the upset taking 3rd in a new school record of 48.07 seconds. Last on the track for the Bobcats would be Corey Lewenkamp. Lewenkamp would also be looking for the upset coming into the race seeded 3rd. Lewenkamp would run a tough mile ultimately placing 2nd again in a time of 4:31 with a great finish.
For Lewenkamp, in his senior year, he is the undisputed number two in 2A. Lewenkamp placed 2nd at the Cross County State Championships and added 2 more State Runner Ups to Lyons High School athlete Paul Roberts.
To summarize the weekend, the Boys track and field team with 4 athletes at the state meet placed 7th as a team. An amazing accomplishment. The Girls would place 19th with just 3 athletes. The Custer County Track and Field team continues its proud tradition of taking athletes to the State Championships and leaving with hardware.
Art Students Visit the Denver Art Museum
Carrie Smith, April 22, 2015
The High School Art Students visited the Denver Art Museum to take a tour called The Art of Architecture and see the Joan Miro: Instinct and Imagination exhibit on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The field trip was made possible by Adopt-A-Class and the Sangres Art Guild.
Back to Back Meets Provides 26 PR's for Track and Field Team
Jack Swartz, April 13, 2015
It was a busy weekend for the Custer County Track and Field team but the athletes stepped up when they needed to. Friday (4/10) the team traveled to Primero High School only to follow up on Saturday (4/11) at Salida High School. The back to back meets is an opportunity for the athletes to feel what it takes to compete in consecutive days just like the State Meet in May.
For the Lady Bobcats it was a break out weekend for Emily Crossley. Crossley placed 4th and 2nd respectively in the Discus achieving a personal record (PR) of 91' 06". A 20 foot improvement from the weekend before. Crossley was joined by Audrey Hollinger placing in the throws, taking 5th in the Discus along with 5th and 7th in the shot put. Not to be outdone by the throwing empire, Serenity Ham took 2nd in the Triple Jump at Primero only to follow that up with a 2nd place finish at Salida in the High Jump. Ham also took 1st place in the 100 meter High Hurdles at both Primero and Salida. Katlyn Freeburg kept that girls rolling with a 4th place finish in the Triple Jump and 4th in the 300 meter hurdles at Primero. Sarah Gerringer ran a personal best in the open 400 meter dash for her 2015 debut at Salida. Also providing personal bests for the girls were Kirsten Benoit and Hannah McNeal in the 100 meter dash at Salida. The Lady Bobcats placed 5th at Primero as a team, while taking 7th in Salida.
The boys added to the success of the weekend, led once again by Corey Lewenkamp. Lewenkamp ran in five events between the 2 meets, taking 1st in four of them. Lewenkamp took 1st place in the Mile and the 800 meter runs both days running away from the competition and took 3rd place in the 400 meter dash, in a rare appearance. Dillon Wommack continues his growth as a hurdler, taking 2nd in the 110 High Hurdles both days along with a 2nd place in Primero and a 4th place in Salida for the 300 Meter Hurdles. Wommack wasn't done, setting big PR's in the triple jump, taking 4th at Primero and High Jump taking 3rd in Salida. Denver Mullet added to the haul as well, taking 6th and 4th in Triple Jump, while placing 4th in High Jump at Salida. Micheal Batson made his 2015 debut with PR's in both the Shot and Discus in Primero and Salida, along with Casey Brandon and Jess Franta in the 100 meter Dash. The boys finished 6th at both Primero and Salida in the team standings.
The Custer County Track and Field teams next compete at Gunnison on April 18th.