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Tavon Underwood Runs US#1 And Colorado All-Time Best 45.36 400m 

By Doug Binder, DyeStat Editor

PHOTOS by Brandon Lindner

Mead senior Tavon Underwood put together an incredible state meet competing across four events from the 100 meters to the 800, and winning three of the four. 

But it’s what he did in the 400 meters that will go down in history and be long remembered by those who saw it live at JeffCo Stadium. 

Underwood, a Kansas State commit, blasted a one-lap time of 45.36 seconds to zoom to the U.S. lead in the event and demolish the Colorado all-time best. 

Underwood was also second in the 4A 100 meters in a personal best 10.67, he ran 20.91 to win the 200 meters and 1:51.97 to win the 800. 

Underwood’s heroics were just a part of a spectacular Colorado state championship meet. 

Emma Stutzman of Pomona won the 5A 1,600 meters in a meet record time of US#3 4:39.94 that was the first sub 4:40 clocking at Colorado’s mile-high elevation. Stutzman also won the 3,200 meters in 10:12.68 and ran 2:11.32 for second place in the 800 meters. 

Bethany Michalak of Air Academy paired 4:42.65 and 10:16.04 and finished second to Stutzman in both races. 

Rachel Bair of Mountain Vista won the 5A girls 100-meter dash final in 11.82 seconds. She also won the 400 meters in 56.05 seconds and finished second in the 200 (24.78). She was also fifth in the long jump. 

Gabriella Cunningham of Grandview rolled through the 100-meter hurdles in 13.78 seconds and won the 300 hurdles in 42.71. She also anchored the winning 4×100 relay (47.63) and placed fourth in the 100 meters. 

Brandon Hills of Vista Ridge also had a tremendous meet, winning the 5A boys 100 in 10.52 seconds, winning the long jump with a massive PR of US#7 24-8, placing second in the 200 (21.12) and anchoring the winning 4×100 relay (41.29). 

Sophomore Peyton Sommers helped Cherokee Trail win the 5A boys team with with his victory in the 200 meters (21.10) and 400 (46.77) and second place in the 100 (10.62). He also anchored the winning 4×200 (1:25.65). 

Valor Christian’s Drew Costelow and Dane Eike went 1-2 in the 5A 1,600 meters final, running 4:12.88 and 4:13.61, respectively. Eike, a junior, edged sophomore Benjamin Anderson of Mountain Vista in the 3,200, 9:13.27 to 9:13.48. Costelow also won the 800 in 1:52.17. 

Mountain Vista’s boys ran US#7 7:42.58 to win the 5A 4×800 relay. 

Miller Jones of Grand Junction competed in two hurdles finals and soared to wins in both 4A…

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