LAKEWOOD — Maybe Collin Molleur wasn’t giving himself enough credit, but the Evergreen sprinter certainly had fun running against Cherokee Trail’s Brandon Singleton at the Pomona Invitational on April 12.
“I knew that kid on the inside lane was really, really fast. I knew that he was going to go out really fast. I just tried staying with him, and it got me into second,” Molleur said.
The speedy Molleur, who a day earlier in the two-day competition at Jeffco Stadium placed second in the preliminaries in the 400 meters in a time of 49.96 seconds, just missed that mark in the finals, finishing second in 50.14. He was a little more than 2 seconds back of Singleton, who finished in 47.97.
Though Molleur may have been modest about his success, he also recognizes that competing against athletes, such as Singleton, can only make him better.
“Yeah, I would say so. I really like running with really fast kids like that. All they do is make you better,” Molleur said.
Molleur also helped Evergreen’s boys 4x400 relay team, which included Rob Weinel, Eric Temple and Alex Aafedt, to a fifth-place finish in 3 minutes, 32 seconds. Overall, the Cougars tied for 19th with 13 points. Fountain-Fort Carson won the meet with 121 points, while Cherokee Trail was a distant second with 87.5.
Caitlin Schmitt was the catalyst for the Evergreen Lady Cougars, earning three top-10 finishes. She took sixth in both the 1,600 in 5:22.49 and 3,200 in 11:46.24, while helping the 4x800 relay team of Camille Morales, Cat Moss, Emily Murphy and herself take second in 10:09.02. They finished nearly 10 seconds behind a foursome from Fossil Ridge.
Lauren Russell tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet and Emily Schulz was fifth in the 800 in 2:26.69. Evergreen, as a team, finished 14th with 26.5 points. Grandview won a tight team race with 77.2 points, Fossil Ridge came in second with 76, and Poudre was third with 74.5.
While Evergreen was running against quite a few 5A schools, the meet proved to be a measuring stick for not just where the Cougars are but also where they hope to get. Jane Jensen exemplified that. Though she came in seventh in her heat in the 3,200 — finishing 25th overall in 13:05.02 — she was hoping to be closer to first or second in her individual race.
“It’s been the same. I’ve been pretty consistent, but it’s not what I want. I need to improve more,” Jensen said.
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