Vail Daily projection: Ortiz breezes, Tedstrom in a squeaker |

Vail Daily projection: Ortiz breezes, Tedstrom in a squeaker

Special to the Daily/Charles BroshousBattle Mountain's Amelia Ortiz clinches her state appearance in the 3,200 meters Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Saturday night was pretty much like election night in the world of 4A track and field.

All results were meant to be submitted by 9 p.m. Saturday, so the Daily is calling the 3,200 meters for Battle Mountain’s Amelia Ortiz. After this weekend’s Western Slope Championships, Ortiz finished ninth in the state in the two-mile, well within the top-18 of the state in 4A. She is going to state.

And as Huskies coaches Laurie Kleisinger and Ryan Matthews showed up at the Daily past the deadline to help identify some people for photographs for today’s edition, they innocently asked about the 800 and Connor Tedstrom, who was on the bubble.

Good question, coaches.

As it turns out, Tedstrom hit lucky 18 on the nose. So we’re calling state for Connor-saurus as well. He ran the 800 Friday in 2 minutes, 0.26 seconds, a season best. And that is 15-hundredths of a second faster than D’Evelyn’s Kevin Johnson in 19th.

“It was just an outside chance,” Kleisinger said in Eagle-Vail looking at the computer screen. “Right there, No. 18.”

It’s safe to say that Tedstrom was having a very good prom by the time he got word.

For Tedstrom it’s his second state appearance. He the lone remaining member of last year’s state-champion 3,200 relay team. Ortiz will be making her first appearance at state.

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