LAKEWOOD — The last time Andre Lane competed in the triple jump was two years ago and he doesn’t remember much about that trip. For the record, he finished 16th in 2011.
Fast forward to 2013 and the Evergreen senior was back representing the Cougars’ boys team in all four events they qualified for at the 4A state track and field championships, including the triple jump. But he wasn’t feeling all that confident about his chances of success after the preliminary round.
Lane scratched on his first and third jumps. His only successful leap of 43 feet, 5 inches was good, but he wasn’t sure it was good enough.
“I think I’d have to get pretty lucky to make the finals,” Lane said. “The next flight obviously has better jumpers. It’s going to be close I think.”
Though he was doubtful, Lane needed not to worry. Unlike two years ago, this time he made the finals. His only recorded jump there netted just a 42-9, but his preliminary tally held up enough for him to finish eighth at Jeffco Stadium on May 16.
“I’ll take it. It’s all right,” Lane said. “I enjoyed it. My legs don’t feel the best today, but I did what I could.”
It would be the only medal for the Evergreen boys at this year’s meet, though they came awfully close a number of times. Lane just missed making it onto the podium in the long jump, placing 10th at 21-2. He and teammate Cody Klippert tied for 10th in the high jump on May 17 with jumps of 6-1. Two other jumpers — Chris Black of Delta and Jayson Dupre of Broomfield — also hit 6-1, but placed eighth and ninth, respectively, courtesy of tiebreakers.
The Cougars’ other state qualifier was their 4x200 relay team. Lane, Klippert, John Cassell and Thomas Warren ran a preliminary-round time of 1 minute, 30.31 seconds. That was a mere 0.3 seconds off the school record and was good enough for fourth in their heat. But it wasn’t good enough to reach the championship finals.
“It was a good goal to go for,” Cassell said of the school record. “It (stinks) to be that close to it and not be able to finish that last race after knocking off so much time through all the other weeks.”
Evergreen placed 12th. Only the top nine teams reached the May 17 finals, which was won by Valor Christian in a time of 1:26.39.
Though Evergreen didn’t make the finals the consolation prize of just being at state was worthwhile.
“It was a good season. It was nice to have made it to state,” Cassell said.
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