Doing justice to the saying "the season never ends," David Hawkins built upon his outstanding, season-ending Class 3A State Championships effort in the shot put and started summertime with something more amazing.
Competing with multiple Bayfield High School teammates at the 2018 Great Southwest Track & Field Classic, held May 31-June 2 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the now-senior Wolverine heaved the heavy sphere 54 feet, 8 inches on his second try.
Bettering his State runner-up 51'3.75" mark, the effort was impressive enough.
Just not as eye-opening as the 55-foot, 5.5-inch whopper he unleashed on his very first attempt.
And though Hawkins would fail to record a distance on each of his final four throws, his stellar start still managed to rank him fifth out of 14 competing standouts.
Coloradan Kain Medrano, also about to begin his senior year at Pueblo East, was victorious with a 59'0" best (a 56'10.5" had won him the Class 4A State Championship).
"Colorado had five throwers in the top ten at that meet," stated BHS co-head coach Josh Walton. "Quite a feat because, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas - all kinds of schools from all over the country are there! So it'll be interesting to see how far David can actually throw next year!"
"I know we're going to be graduating a great group of kids, that we're going to miss," he continued, "but I look forward to next year."
Now-graduated Dawson Heide finished 28th in the boys' Division B 400-meter dash, clocking 51.53 seconds.
BHS girls' standout Jordan Lanning followed up her incredible all-around junior prep year by placing fourth in the high jump (5'7") and 28th place with a time of 15.47 in the 100-meter hurdles. She also placed 34th in the long jump with a 17'5.5" leap (winning with a 20'10.75" best was 3A Parker Lutheran star Maya Evans). Lanning also ran with Team Colorado's 'B' squad in the 400m shuttle hurdle relay (the quartet took 11th in 1:07.14; Colorado 'A' placed second in 58.15).
And speaking of hurdles, graduated star-and CHSAA Class 3A Boys' State Champion in both regular events-Carl Heide took 13th (time of 14.99 seconds) in the 110m race and 21st (40.03) in the 300m at the Classic.
SHUTTLE HURDLES? Not usually contested at typical meets, in a shuttle hurdle relay, each of four hurdlers on a team runs the opposite direction from the preceding runner.
Since most tracks only have eight lanes, the event has a maximum of four teams competing at once, with each occupying two lanes. The first and third runners on a team run in one direction down one specific lane and the #2 and #4 run in the opposite direction in the other lane, with runners going sequentially from first to fourth.
Batons are not used; a runner waiting to begin his/her leg must wait until their teammate passes a certain spot on the track to then take off.