Gabriel Christus
Platte Canyon’s Hayley Rayburn warms up before the 3A girls pole vault during the state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium.
Platte Canyon’s Rayburn vaults to 2nd at state

LAKEWOOD — Platte Canyon’s Hayley Rayburn was having a phenomenal season at pole vault, winning every single track and field meet she attended.

On Friday night at Jeffco Stadium, she finally met her match.

Following more than two hours of lightning delays and a few other hiccups, it came down to a battle between the No. 1-seeded Husky senior and Classical Academy’s Erika Willis, who set the 3A pole vault state track meet record last year at 12 feet, 5 inches. The duel lasted until about 8:30 p.m., long after 99 percent of the fans had left.