LAKEWOOD – Kayla Johnson, though out of breath, couldn’t have been more ecstatic with her performance.
No, the Dakota Ridge senior didn’t win the 100-meter hurdles on May 21 – the second of three days at the 5A state girls track and field championships at Jefferson County Stadium. But when she saw that her time of 15.13 seconds had clipped her previous personal best by three-hundreds of a second set a day earlier where she finished was a moot point.
Her seventh-place finish was one of three medals Johnson earned in helping Dakota Ridge to score 10 points and a 26th-place finish in the team standings. Loveland won the team title with 68 points. Cherry Creek was second with 53 and Heritage third with 46.5.
Johnson, who also took seventh in the triple jump (35 feet, 8 inches) and ninth in the 300 hurdles (46.41), had her sights set on a personal best even before she ran the 110 hurdles finals. Anything more was just icing on the cake.
“Doing my best is all that I can ask for. If everybody else does their best, too, and it happens to be better than mine, so be it,” Johnson said.
Long jumper Vail Davis also medaled for the Eagles. The Dakota Ridge senior placed seventh with a leap of 17-2. George Washington’s Brittany Lewis won with a jump of 18-5.25.
Davis had reached 17-3 at districts and was hoping to at least duplicate that feat, but it wasn’t to be.
Nevertheless, she didn’t leave state empty-handed.
“I hit 17-3 at districts and I was just hoping that I would improve more and more. But (17-2) got me on the podium,” Davis said.
Chatfield narrowly missed out on medaling in the 4x100 relay.
The Chargers just failed to qualify for the finals by eight-hundreds of a second. Chatfield finished with a time of 50.08 seconds, while Smoky Hill ran a 50-second flat.
Chatfield’s best individual finish was 17th by Juliana Grover (100) and Amanda Clemens (long jump).