Warrior Track & Field Quick Out of the Blocks


Mike Carlson, Spear Contributor

The Arapahoe Track & Field team got their season off to a fast start at Centennial League Relays this past Saturday Mar. 7. Both the boys and the girls took home first place in the meet.

Although runners are not able to qualify for state in this meet, it is a promising sign for the team.

The girls absolutely dominated their opponents with big victories in the 4x1600m relay, 4x100m relay, 4x3200m relay, Distance Medley, and shuttle hurdle relay races.

Senior captain Erica Peterson stood out the most for the girls in League Relays. She was a part of the first place winning 4x1600m, 4x3200m, and the Distance Medley races. Peterson not only drew praise from the Arapahoe coaching staff, but also from the coaches at Cherokee Trail High School.

On the guys side, it was business as usual. Arapahoe’s fastest gentlemen took home big wins in the 3200m relay, 4x800m relay, shuttle hurdle relay, and Distance Medley races.

Senior captain Austin Lienemann was in midseason form when it came to the shuttle hurdle relay. Lienemann is looking to improve upon his fourth place finish in the state 300m hurdles.

“The same hard work I put in last season will be very similar to the work I put in this season,” said Lienemann on improving upon his breakout year last year.

In the field events, both the long and triple jump teams, led by junior Luke McDaniel, were able to find their way into the winners circle. Christian Delaney also led the way for the shot putters.

The team will look to continue their success with the City of Littleton vs. City of Fort Collins meet today at 4:00 at LPS Stadium.

The All-Star 4x400m relay will be the main event of the night’s proceedings. It will feature one person from each of the four competing Littleton area schools and one person from each of the four competing Fort Collins area schools.

It will be senior captain Austin Lienemann and junior captain Julia Hall representing Arapahoe.