Saturday’s flaming molten sunset didn’t have a chance against its biggest rival — two sparkling gold medals hanging around the neck of Rilee Rigdon.


She had to wait a year — and trudge through what might have seen countless miles the past 12 months — but it proved to be worth it.


After having been shut out from first place in three individual distance events in the 2017 Class 6A state track meet, the Bartlesville High senior streaked to a pair of championships in the 2018 edition of the event.


She burst to first in both the 3200m run (11:30.72) and the 1600m run (5:05.68), and just missed, by a frog’s whisker, of winning the 800.


Rigdon’s meteoric performance highlighted what otherwise proved to me mostly a tough weekend for the Bartlesville program in the state meet.


High jumper David Kelley proved to be an exception.


The senior high-flier swooped over the bar at 6-foot-8 — a career best — to bring home a silver medal.


But other than Rigdon and Kelley, only two other Bruin athletes — James Martinez and Nathan Lauritsen — placed in the top six in individual events, and one relay team (girls 4x800m) finished 5th.


Martinez rocketed to fourth place in the 1600m run and to sixth place in the 3200m run.


Lauritsen finished fifth — barely edging out Martinez — in the 3200m run.


While the four athletes mentioned above are seniors, the good news is many of the Bartlesville athletes will be back next year to build on this year’s lessons.


Bartlesville head track coach Bon Bennett and his staff helped prepare 16 athletes to qualify for state — the high end number for what Bennett had thought might make the grade.


But, Bennett also warned the overall amount of athleticism at this year’s state meet would be exceptionally hard and that just to place in the top six would be a major feat.