LAKEWOOD – Dusty Mangus of Ignacio is going places in the pole vault.
This week, the pole vault took Mangus to Jeffco Stadium and the CHSAA Class 2A Track and Field State Championships.
On Friday, the pole vault took the Ignacio High School senior over 13 feet and within one step of a state championship.
Today, the pole vault will take Dusty Mangus to Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix and one of the premier junior college vaulting programs in the country.
“Tired. I feel tired,” Mangus said after just missing at 13-6 to finish second to Jourdan Hottinger of Akron on Friday.
“I came in at 11-6, and it took me ... three attempts to (clear) that,” Mangus said. “I thought it would be a little easier.”
Consequently, he was forced to jump more than expected in the state finals.
“I had too many attempts at the lower heights,” said Mangus, who sailed cleanly over the bar at 12-6 and again at 13 feet.
“I was good there (13 feet, his personal best). But at the end, I felt a little tired,” said Mangus, son of Patsy and Rolo Mangus.
He credited the role of pole vaulting coach Luke Harrington with his development into a state runner-up pole vaulter. Harrington, a former college vaulter and prep state champion at Bayfield High School, helped connect Mangus to the Arizona junior college opportunity.
“I’m going to Paradise Valley Community College ... I’m excited,” he said.
Mangus will be coached by the man who coached Harrington and his wife, Nancy, who also was a collegiate pole vaulter.
“And I get to ... keep vaulting,” Mangus said.
Senior teammate Colton Wyatt of Ignacio joined Mangus on the state podium Friday.
Wyatt, a standout football player and wrestler, capped his prep career with a fifth-place finish in the Class 2A discus (133-10).
“That is my personal best. It came in the finals ... second throw,” said Wyatt, son of David and Stephanie Wyatt.
He said he tried to keep things simple in his final competition.
“Just go for it,” Wyatt said of his mental approach. “That’s what our coach tells us ... stop thinking about it, and just go for it.”
Wyatt said his best discus throw and his fifth-place medal will be the end for him.
“No sports ... I’m done,” said Wyatt, who plans to attend FLC next year before transferring to another four-year college.
Ignacio classmate Shane Richmond just missed joining Wyatt in the discus finals. Richmond, who placed seventh in the shot put Thursday, ended up 11th in the discus.
Daniel Weirich of Eads, who won the 2A shot put Thursday, doubled with a discus win Friday (171 feet).
One more Bobcat, Ignacio junior Michelle Simmons, will be back on the track today at the Class 2A state championships.
Simmons qualified Thursday for the 100-meter finals, set for this morning at Jeffco Stadium in west Denver. The IHS junior and multisport star finished fifth Day 1 in the long jump.