Bayfield boys’ track up to third in state
Written by: Joel Priest
Still deep on talent as ever, the Bayfield boys’ track team keeps climbing higher.
And the rest of the state is again taking notice.
In the most recent (as of this writing) Rocky Mountain News’ “Rocky Preps” rankings, the Wolverines rank third in Class 3A, trailing only Colorado Springs Christian and top-ranked [Arvada] Faith Christian—who finished 1-2 at last year’s finale in Pueblo (Bayfield took fourth).
Platte Canyon (Bailey), Manitou Springs, Valley (Gilcrest), Roosevelt (Johnstown), Cedaredge, Gunnison, and La Junta round out the ‘ten most wanted’ squads. MSHS—third place last year--PCHS, Valley, Roosevelt all placed in the top ten at state last year as well.
None of those schools are likely to attend tomorrow’s Pine River Invitational at Wolverine Country Stadium (9 a.m. start), but after a weekend away from competition—though some practices were held—the Wolverine boys (and girls) should be ready to face resistance from the usual Intermountain League suspects, Durango HS, and other programs in southwest Colorado.
Pagosa Springs was the only other IML team to be ranked in the latest RP poll, coming in sixth in the girls’ table, behind top-ranked The Classical Academy and four others.
Ignacio was scheduled to host their annual Los Pinos Invitational last weekend, but canceled it due to a variety of reasons, meaning the P.R. Invite will be the first official chance area athletes have to qualify for the 2007 Colorado State Championships.
“A lot of the schools that would have come were just beginning their Spring Break,” said girls’ coach Kathy Herrera, “and other schools were already committed elsewhere. So we just decided to cancel the whole thing, and help Bayfield host their meet instead.”