Having averaged nearly nine points and seven rebounds in each of 2A Cripple Creek-Victor's 19 varsity basketball games last winter as a freshman, Jordan Lanning's arrival at and efforts on the hardwood for 3A Bayfield this season were certainly welcomed.
But while often operating the possession arrow or game clock or scoreboard, track-and-field coach Josh Walton couldn't help but look forward to the now-blooming spring when the former Pioneer would don a Wolverine uniform.
Having qualified for the 2016 Class 2A State Championships in four disciplines as a first-year student, she wasted no time in making her presence known in the southwest last Saturday when BHS traveled to Hutchison Stadium in Farmington for the Piedra Vista Invitational.
Her greatest impact was felt in the high jump, which she won in a jump-off against 5A FHS teammates Zoe Pinckley and Alyssa Simmons. While the Scorpions were only able to top out at 4'10" each, Lanning cleared the bar at 5'2" (which had earned her fourth at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood last spring) to grab first place and seven team points.
She earned Bayfield five more for placing second in the long jump (15'10"), and another four for her third-place triple jump (32'3.5"). Running in a fast fourth heat, she also took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking 17.37 seconds.
Each result was in the same neighborhood as her State showings.
Already known for her own versatility, Amber Johnson's 2017 also got underway in a solid way.
Notching four top-10 finishes, the senior took second in both the 300m hurdles (49.30) and the 200m dash. Her 28.25-second sprint trailed only 3A Montezuma-Cortez's Morgan Short by 0.17.
Johnson also tied for fourth in the high jump (4'6") and took ninth in the 100m hurdles (17.94).
Expected long-jump standout Tymbree Florian took sixth (14'11.75") in the event (14'11.75") but did earn a team point. Distance specialist Bridget Goddard placed fourth in the 1,600 meters, clocking 5:57.25, and added a tenth in the 200 (29.55). Isis Gonzales was tenth in her specialty, the 400, with a time of 1:10.06.
The 4x100 relay of Florian, Emma Candelaria, Rachel Bauer and Claire Belmear crossed the finish line fourth in 57.93 seconds. The 4x200 (Claudia Vega, Mylee Sanders, Bauer, Belmear) finished fifth in 2:07.79, while the 4x400 (Gonzales, Goddard, Vega, Olivia Keitz) took fourth in 4:42.63.
The 4x800 (Keitz, Skyla Ruybal, Jessica George, Sanders) also placed fourth in a time of 13:35.64.
Mikayla Barnes placed ninth in the shot (28'11") with Tiarra Christensen close behind in 11th (28'10"). The duo swapped order in the discus, with Christensen taking eighth (79'7") and Barnes ninth (77'4"). Both followed teammate Courtney Bayles, who was seventh (80'9").
Up next for BHS will be this afternoon's Bloomfield, N.M., Quad, slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.
DID YOU KNOW: According to Cripple Creek-Victor's team page at milesplit.com, Lanning is shown as the girls' record-holder in the 100m hurdles (16.89, achieved at State last year), high jump (5'2", also booked at State) and triple jump (33'0.5").