Summit High School’s track and field team sent three athletes to the Colorado State 4A Track and Field Championships in Lakewood, and all three gave their all this weekend in their respective events after the competition was postponed. due to a winter storm on Friday.
After a third-place finish by rookie Ella Hagen in the 3,200-meter race on Saturday May 22, junior Dom Remeikis took to the track in the 800-meter race.
A week before, at the St. Vrain Hoka Invitational in Longmont, Remeikis thought he had run his last race of the season, when he won his round of the boy’s 1,600 meters. He clocked a season-best time of 4 minutes, 27.7 seconds. Remeikis was thrilled with his race that day after feeling like he struggled in the event for most of the season. With some momentum behind him, Remeikis ran the next day in the Last Chance Track and Field meet at Jeffco Stadium.
In the Last Chance encounter, Remeikis accomplished what seemed impossible. Remeikis qualified for the state competition, setting a personal best in the boy’s 800 meter race and earning eighth place in the state event.
“I was one race away from not coming to the state meet at all, so just the fact that I got to get here is really special,” Remeikis said.
Heading into his first state meet, Remeikis was brimming with confidence after putting up two outstanding performances in that one-day stretch last week.
Remeikis took to the line with piles of snow still lining the infield of the track in his first state championship meeting as the weather began to turn crisp early in the evening.
The race started with a flurry of arms and legs as a stacked 800m peloton battled for position along the first curve of the race. Getting into a good position early, Remeikis held on to the fast pace but didn’t allow himself to come out too fast. Over the first 400 meters of the fast two-lap race, Remeikis clocked 57.580 seconds, firmly on pace for a new personal best.
“I wanted to stay relaxed for the first lap and then work the last lap,” Remeikis said. “Nothing to lose. This is my last race.“
On the last lap the whole field started to tire and the race was decided on who could force their tired legs to the finish first.
Remeikis, with a look of determination on his face, came out of the final curve and pumped his arms all the way to the finish line, executing his plan and finishing with nothing more to give.
Remeikis finished the final lap in 1:00.066 for a total time of 1:57.65, barely shy of his season best from last week.
In his first state race, Remeikis finished 11th out of 18 total competitors in the race.
“It was crazy. I don’t think I’ve been in such a fast race,” Remeikis said.
The race was won by Zane Bergen of Niwot High School. Bergen ran a time of 1:52.07 to beat Longmont High School’s Connor McCormick by more than two seconds.
With some in-state experience under his belt, Remeikis is already looking forward to his next opportunity to compete in state competition next year as a senior.
“Hopefully next year I can compete in all three distance events – the 800, 1600 and 3200,” Remeikis said. “And hopefully I can get a few other guys on the team to declare so we can have a pack here.”