LAKEWOOD – Candace Shaw of Bayfield High School finished her senior season just like she started it – on the podium at state.
Shaw matched her career best in the shot put and ended up sixth Saturday at the weather-delayed CHSAA Class 3A Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium.
She started the school year playing in the state volleyball championships with the Wolverines. The Intermountain League (basketball) Player of the Year and her teammates then qualified for the Class 3A state basketball championships.
Shaw, the IML Girls Field Athlete of the Year, ended 2011-12 on Saturday with a sixth-place medal in the shot put to match a sixth-place state medal in the discus that she won Friday.
“Going out this way was exciting,” Shaw said. “I tied my PR (personal record) to the T ... down to the three-quarters of an inch.”
Shaw, the only thrower in the field to use the discus-style spin to launch the shot, managed a distance of 35 feet, 7.75 inches under cloudy, overcast skies.
“It (the spin) is fun. I really like it. I got a few compliments on it,” said Shaw, daughter of Carla and John Shaw. “Some of the girls were excited that there was a spinner here.”
Mel Hurl of Eaton won the 3A shot at 43-2, her second consecutive state title. She and the other throwers used the more traditional, straightforward shot put technique.
Shaw said it will be unusual not to have a Bayfield sport on her calendar, starting today, but she’s excited to start her new training program for her new team.
Shaw is scheduled to sign this week to play basketball at Adams State College in Alamosa.
Older sister Lindsay Shaw, who plays basketball at Colorado Mesa University, was on hand Saturday to watch Candace’s final high school competition.
Older sisters Ashley and Jackie also were at Jeffco Stadium for the Shaw family reunion.
While Candace Shaw competed in the relative calm Saturday afternoon with only light drizzle, teammate Cody Rose was forced to high jump in Saturday morning’s deluge.
After the event was delayed an hour by lightning and rain, Rose and his fellow 3A high jumpers tried to take flight in the wet, heavy air.
Rose cleared 5-8 in the miserable conditions but went out of the competition at 5-10. He finished tied for 14th.
“Poor Cody. That cold ... that affected him so much,” Bayfield head coach Sherri Kimball said. “It was really cold then.”
Temperatures, at the time, were in the mid-40s.
She said Rose did a good job battling the elements in a tough jumping environment.
Kimball said the state meet offered valuable experience to the younger Wolverines in the BHS program. After a season when they dominated most regional meets, Kimball said the competition at state is revealing.
“We lack that level of competition that gives you that extra umph over here,” Kimball said. “But we’ve got some good young ones. We’ll work on it.”