Written by: Joel Priest
BHS boys’ track bags Bloomfield Invite
By Joel Priest
Not a bad week’s worth of work.
Another outstanding showing, another team crown for the Bayfield boys’ track team.
And after topping Durango 174-151 last Thursday for the Durango Track Meet title, the Wolverines headed south and handled business at the 2nd Annual Harry J. Hayes Invitational, hosted by Bloomfield (N.M.) High School, clipping the host Bobcats 132-126. It was a bit of redemption as well, as Bayfield had opened the 2007 season at the Bloomfield Quadrangular back on March 10 but had to settle for a runner-up finish behind Farmington, N.M.
In easily their most well-rounded effort yet, Bayfield’s boys won nine events and took second in three more against the other five schools. On the fast track, Dylan Simons won the 100 meters in 11.62 seconds, Dakota Decker captured the 200 in 23.81, and Jake Krueger took the 800 in 2:05.4 (brother Jesse was second in 2:07). Tanner Phelps also secured the 1,600 meters in an impressive 4:46.
Taking to the field, a 1-2 sweep by Ryan Wirth (13’6”) and Blake Johnson (11’6”) in the pole vault was no surprise, while Corey Williamson’s heave of 43’5” earned him his second victory this year in the shot at Bloomfield (he tossed 40’7” at the Quad). And in baton-passing, Bayfield earned wins in the 4x100 (46.35; Simons, Decker, Eric Dieter, Adam LeFevre), 4x200 (1:32; Shay Beck, Decker, LeFevre, Simons), and 1,600 medley (Jeremiah Haynes, Dieter, Simons, Phelps) relays.
Wirth also was awarded Male Athlete of the Meet honors for his accomplishments, while the recognition went to Monument Valley (Kayenta, AZ) sprinter Talia Jones, who won the ladies’ 100 meters in 12.36 seconds. MVHS finished fourth in the seven-team field however, looking up at champs Bloomfield (156.5 points), Pagosa Springs (107), and Bayfield (80.5).
The Lady Wolverines weren’t without event winners either, as Kelsey Dean conquered the open 800 in 2:31.1, and Jenny Young won the high jump with a 5’ leap. Teammate Myra Dean also leapt five feet, but took second due to more attempts.
Jump specialist Heidi Bird took second in both the long (13’5”) and triple (29’1.5”), while the 4x1 (54.3 seconds; Marleigh Coffelt, Janice McClain, Haleigh Zwart, Young) and 4x2 (2:00.2; Coffelt, McClain, Bird, Young) relay crews brought back two more second-place finishes in the final competition before Spring Break.
The Wolverines will resume action next Thursday, April 5, at the Farmington Invitational in New Mexico (start scheduled for 3 p.m.), and then two days later at Ignacio’s Los Pinos Invitational (9 a.m.).