Cundiff, Nanaeto lead IHS boys at State

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:36 PM
Ignacio's Natoni Cundiff releases the discus last May 19 at the 2018 CHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The IHS senior took eighth in state 2A competition last weekend.
Ignacio's Jonas Nanaeto burns off his remaining fuel down the front stretch inside Jeffco Stadium as he completes the 800-meter run last Friday, placing 10th among 2A boys in Lakewood.
Ignacio's Elco Garcia, Jr., runs with a group during the 3,200-meter run last Friday at the 2018 CHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Garcia placed in both the 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs.

LAKEWOOD - Ranking eighth after his first try inside Jeffco Stadium, Ignacio senior Natoni Cundiff ended up neither better nor worse in the final Class 2A boys' shot-put standings after unsuccessfully trying to surpass his initial 43-foot, 4-inch effort.

Ellicott senior Jacob Tu'ufuli won the 2018 CHSAA State Track & Field Championships' Day 1 specialty with a maximum of 48'8.75" on the third of his six tries.

Having earned IHS what would be its only two team points at the season-ending, May 17-19 showcase, Cundiff went back to work on Day 2 competing in the discus, but finished one place short of making the 10-man final flight and peaked with a throw of 123 feet, five inches.

Winning the event was Ordway-based Crowley County junior Lane Walter, who topped out at 160'1" on his sixth and last attempt.

In the 3,200-meter run, sophomore Elco Garcia, Jr., found himself just 0.102 off the first-lap pace of Rocky Ford senior Cody Danley. But when the Meloneer, who overtook Lyons sophomore Isaac Roberts on Lap 4, reached the eighth and decisive 'bell lap' in 8:38.991, he was 38.751 seconds ahead of the Bobcat. Garcia ultimately finished 11th in 10 minutes, 30.498 seconds. Danley prevailed in 9:42.938, and Roberts finished in 9:55.545.

Also representing Ignacio in the 1,600 meters, Garcia finished 13th in 4:47.855, 24.675 seconds behind winner Ben Kelley of Oak Creek Soroco.

Running in the 800, sophomore Jonas Nanaeto's season ended with a 10th-place 2:03.14. He also qualified for the 400 and finished 16th in the prelims with his 53.80.

In the final team standings, Loveland Resurrection Christian piled up a winning 63 points while Cedaredge and Lyons tied for second with 58 each.

Ignacio finished tied with Black Hawk-based Gilpin County for 38th out of 40 scoring crews.