by David Tesitor
LAKEWOOD — Athletes from around the state had an extra two days to think about their participation at the state track meet last weekend as a severe winter storm forced the postponement of the three day event (See related story). As a result, participants needed to rethink how they would run the timed events, without having to compete in a final and a head-to-head race.
The 1A qualifiers had no preliminary races.
Zariah Mason of Kim, who had been unbeaten in the 100M dash, finished second at state with a time of 12.95 seconds. She fell to Jentry Largent of DeBuque who won the race in a time of 12.90 seconds. Mason still holds the state meet record in the 100M with a time of 12.52 seconds. Mason also lost to Largent in the 200M, finishing .46 of a second behind, in a time of 26.89.
Tori Goodie of Kim placed 10th in the 800M run with a time of 2:45.54 minutes.
Alisa Baca from Primero was eighth in the 1600M run with a time of 5:59.65 minutes. She missedseventh place by .22 seconds. Baca also placed seventh in the 3200M with a time of 13:13.70 seconds.
Dustin Robinson from Primero was ninth in the 1600M run in 5:05.41 min.
The La Veta Lady Redskins team placed 12th out of 31 teams at state, with their relay teams all finishing in the top five.
The 4X100M relay team, consisting of M’Kinna Lee-Smith, Billie Jo Rinker, Kaelin Coe and Kinley Coe placed fourth with a time of 52.63 seconds, .001 of a second from third and .80 from first, demonstrating just how close the timed race was.
The 4X200M team, comprised of Smith, both Coes and Desirae Ortivez placed third in the 4X200M run in a time of 1:52.69. That same team also placed fifth in the 800M Sprint Medley in 1:58.42 minutes, .14 seconds from fourth to Wiley, who raced a different heat.
Kaelin Coe also placed sixth in the triple jump. All jumping events allowed for the best of four to be counted. Coe leaped 31’-7.00”, 1.5 inches better than her next opponent.
The discus also gave each participant four chances. Gabby Lopez’s best throw was 98’ – 7.00”. Carissa Cardenas threw 83’-8.00 in her second throw and placed tenth. She fouled her three other times.
La Veta’s Trevor Warren placed fifth in the 200M dash (23.40 sec.) 1.4 seconds ahead of Darian Wagner of Arickaree.
Eric Morgan finished fourth in the 800M run with a time of 2:05.96 which was 4.91 seconds from first.
The Redskin relay team also placed seventh in the 4X100M run with a time of 46.77 seconds and seventh in the 4X200M run (1:35.44 min). This was one of the closest races of the day as the difference between first and eighth was 1.52 seconds. Both relay reams consisted of Tannis Everett, Ty Warren, Eric Morgan and Trevor Warren.
In the 2A races, with 18 racers in two heats, placers were determined by the best clocked times. In this situation, runners who placed first heat had to wait until the second heat was over to know their ranking.
The Hoehne team placed several athletes in the top ten, and one Hoehne man was crowned champion in the 110M hurdles. Jacob Yates placed first in a time of 15.04 seconds.
Teammate Trystan Moltrer placed sixth (16.24 sec), while Galvin Baker was 14th (18.09) and Nicholas Navarette was 15th (18.47).
In the 300M hurdles, Yates had trouble with the hurdles and came in with his worst time of the season, finishing last. Navarette was tenth in 43.20 seconds and Moltrer was 16th (44.66 sec).
Kyle Rowe was 11th in the 100M dash (11.65 sec).
The Farmer relay teams also saw success. In the 4X100M, Hoehne placed 11th (45.72 sec), .08 of a second behind John Mall. The team is comprised of Jordon Apple, Yates, Rowe, and Moltrer.
The 4X200 team, Navarette, Moltrer, Apple and Rowe, placed ninth (1:34.85 min). Finally, the 4X400M relay team (Navarette, Apple, Rowe and Yates) was 11th in a time of 3:38.10 min.
The Lady Farmers’ Zoe Revas was seventh in the 300M Hurdles (49.31), which was .40 seconds from the top three.
Shaelyn Walton was third in the High Jump, with a jump of 5’-01”. The Lady Farmers 4X100M relay team was sixth (52.20 seconds). The team was comprised of Revas, Walton, Brittanie Hill and Kamryn Baca-Cordova.
The same team was 14th in the 4X400M (4:24.34 min).
The last area competitors were the John Mall Panthers. Evan Gonzales was 17th in the 100M dash with a time of 11.83 seconds. The top spot was 11.20 seconds, showing how fast the race was run.
Jeremiah Vigil placed 16th in the 200M dash (24.23 sec.) The difference between 15th and 17th was .05 of a second.
Ty Quintana was 18th in the discus with a throw of 112’-08”.
Santos Reyna was eighth in the long jump with a jump of 19’-7.00” and ninth in the triple jump at 40’-8.00”.
Malachi Neil was 18th in the triple at 37’-0.50”.
Finally, the John Mall 4X100M relay team of Reyna, Neil, Gonzales and Vigil was tenth with a time of 45.64. The winning time in the event was by the team from Wiggins in 44.14 sec.
Amanda Dotter, the sole female representative of John Mall was 11th in the triple jump with a leap of 33’-01.50”. Her leap came on her second of three tries.
Congratulations to all of our 32 participants who brought glory to southern Colorado.
It has been a pleasure to cover these fine atheletes in the pages of the World Journal.