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Area teams head for Colorado State Track and Field meet

2A JMHS Panthers and Hoehne farmers qualify for state

by David Tesitor

The John Mall High School 4 X 100 M Boys’ Relay team: Santos Reyna, Jeremiah Vigil, Evan Gonzales, and Destry Crockett. Photo by David Tesitor
The John Mall High School 4 X 100 M Boys’ Relay team: Santos Reyna, Jeremiah Vigil, Evan Gonzales, and Destry Crockett. Photo by David Tesitor

LAKEWOOD — The 2016 Colorado State High School Track and Field Meet begins today at Lakewood’s Jeffco Field and runs through Saturday. Several area athletes are looking to make their mark in the record books and bring home the gold, hoping to establish themselves as the best in the state. For a complete listing of the schedule of events go to the CHSAA website.

Don’t be surprised if you see reports of flying saucers over Jeffco Stadium as the discus event draws plenty of attention. The #1 and #2 throwers in the state, both of whom happen to be from Walsenburg, will compete against one another.

John Mall Qualifiers:

John Mall High School discus and shot put state qualifiers, Andrew Vigil and Garrett Quintana. Photo by David Tesitor.
John Mall High School discus and shot put state qualifiers, Andrew Vigil and Garrett Quintana. Photo by David Tesitor.

Garrett Quintana (Sr.) could be the first John Mall Panther ever to “three-peat” as a state champion in any event, his event being discus. Quintana’s throw of 180-03.50 feet at the Doherty Spartan meet two weeks ago set a 2A record and was the first time anyone in the 2A ranks has thrown for 180 feet. Last weekend, he took a 7th first place finish at the Pueblo West Cyclone meet.

Quintana has two state discus titles under his belt. In 2014, he took first with a throw of 149-50 feet then took first again last year with a throw of 164-9.00 feet. He is poised to break the state meet record of 178-6.50 feet which was set in 1964 by Mike Tomasini. The national record might not be broken in a long while, the bar of 236 feet-6 inches set in 2009. Should Quintana throw over 201 feet, he would be among the top five in the nation. Quintana will also compete in the shot put where he is also number one in the 2A rankings with a throw of 52 ft.

Andrew Vigil (Sr.) of John Mall also qualified for both the discus and shot put. Vigil will enter the discus competition as the #2 seed with his throw of 164-5 feet. If he wants to give his teammate some competition, he needs to dig deep and unleash a monster throw. Anything is possible at state, so look for the boys from John Mall to put on a show in both events. Vigil is attempting to place for a third year in a row at state, having finished 4th in 2015 and 3rd in 2014 in the discus. This year he has also qualified as #6 for the shot put with his throw of 46-9.25 feet. This will be his third trip to state in the shot. He placed 8th in the shot last year (45-1.5 ft.) and 15th in 2014 (41-5 ft.).

Evan Gonzales (Jr.) of John Mall qualified in the 100 Meter dash as the #13 seed with a time of 11.66 seconds, his personal best time achieved at the Santa Fe League meet May 3. His previous best time of 11.79 seconds would not have qualified him for state.

Santos Reyna (Jr.) is the #12 seed in the triple jump as a result of the 40-9 foot jump made at the May 3 Santa Fe League meet. This was his personal best and will be his first trip to state. Finally, the JMHS 4X100 Relay team qualified with a time of 45.9 sec.

Hoehne Qualifiers:

Several Hoehne Farmers will make the trip to Lakewood, including relay teams and individual athletes.

Jacob Yates (So.) qualified in two events. In the 110 Meter hurdles Yates came in with his best time of 16.35 sec at the Pueblo West Cyclone meet where he took third, making him the #7 seed at State. He also qualified for the 300M Hurdles in the 3rd position, setting his new time of 41.75 sec. at Pueblo West.

Ty Moltrer (Fr.) will run in the 110M Hurdles as the #17 seed in a time of 17.13 sec. In the 300MH, the last qualifying spot was 17.15 seconds showing the competitiveness of every event.

Chris Lujan (Sr.) will compete as the #16 seed in the discus with his throw of 127.60 feet. This throw is short of her personal best of 137-2 feet which he set last season. This will be his second trip to state where he placed 14th.

The Hoehne Boys’ Relay teams also qualified in three events, the 4X100 as the number 10 seed in a time of 46.02 seconds. They also had their personal best times last weekend at the Pueblo West Cyclone Invitational which qualified them for the 4X200 run as the #11 seed in a time of 1:36.21 minutes and the 4×400 in a time of 3:40.19 placing them 9th.

Lady Farmer Shaelyn Walton (So.) qualified in three separate events. No stranger to the state meet, she has qualified in one or more events the past two years. In the 400 meter run, Walton improved her final position from 12th to 7th after winning at the Pueblo West Cyclone with a personal best time of 1:01.09. Last year she placed 7th in the event. In the 800M, she enters as #6 with a time of 2:27.27 min. In 2015, she placed 2nd at state with a time of 2:23.12. Walton will also compete in the high jump. She is tied for 5th with a jump of 5 feet. In 2015 she placed 9th with a jump of also 5 feet.

Zoe Revas (Jr.) Revas qualified in both hurdles events. In the 100M, she is the #11 seed with a time of 17.31 sec. She set this time last week in Pueblo West breaking her previous best time by 0.26 sec and solidifying her spot at state. She also qualified in the 300M in the #6 position (49.002 sec.) This was her personal best time, also set in Pueblo. This is Rivas’ first time at state.

Jordon Trujillo (Sr.) qualified in two events, in the #15 slot for Discus, having dropped two slots this week, and as the #3 seed in the Shot with a throw of 34-1.75 feet. Both distances were personal bests set at the Santa Fe League meet. This will be Trujillo’s second trip to state, having competed last season in both events where she placed 10th in the discus and 8th in the shot.

Lea Steller (So.) will enter the long jump at #15. Steller’s jump of 15-6.75 was good enough to qualify her for her first trip to state.

The last jumper, Deidre Domino (Sr.), improved her personal best by breaking the 32 foot mark (32-1.25) in the TripleJump but dropped to #14 as several athletes also came in with improved times. This is her first trip to state.

The Girls Relay teams also found success qualifying in three separate events: the 4X100M at #16 (54 sec.), 4X200M also #16 (1:54.04 min.) and in the 4X400 at #8, moving up four spaces as a result of their personal best time of 4:18.97 set last weekend.

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