P.R.’s push BHS girls/14th st track
Written by: Joel Priest
Of the school-record 30 total Wolverines to travel to the 2007 Colorado State Track and Field Championships, freshman Myra Dean was among the youngest.
She didn’t perform like it in the high jump, the earliest girls’ field event on Day Two.
In her maiden trip to Dutch Clark Stadium, Dean placed third Saturday with a successful 5’1” effort. And although not as majestic as her school-record 5’5” leap earlier this year, it still beat seven of the eight seniors in the field, as well as all six juniors—including teammate Jenny Young who also topped out at 5’1”, but with more misses, and finished sixth (as she did in 2006).
Erie senior Katarina Lott—fifth place last year—won with a jump of 5’4”, well within the capabilities of both Lady Wolverines, who were separated by Middle Park senior Meagan Atzman and Florence senior Krista Pryor in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
After the 33rd annual edition of girls’ competition concluded, MPHS and FHS were among those left looking up at Bayfield in the Class 3A standings as the Lady Wolverines finished 14th, amassing 16.5 points. Erie (63) finished second behind champs The Classical Academy (Colorado Springs), who won with 81 points. Denver Christian and Peak To Peak (Lafayette) tied for third with 43 points apiece.
Also recording valuable team points, senior Janice McClain set a new personal record in the pole vault (which seems to be a graduation requirement at BHS nowadays), and finished tied for fourth at 9’0” with Roosevelt (Johnstown) sophomore Miranda Link, while Colorado Springs Christian senior Shari Yosinski won with a ten-foot vault. BHS sophomore Marleigh Coffelt cleared 8’6” to finish seventh in the event, also posting a new p.r. in the process.
The 4x800-meter relay of junior Jennifer Visser, freshman Makaila Miller, sophomore Lindsey Shaw, and junior Kelsey Dean established a new p.r. and finished a strong eighth in 10:11.20. Visser and Dean also ran in the open 800, but finished 12th and 14th in 2:27.22 and 2:28.36, respectively.
Junior Alexis Pommier just missed the finals of the 300-meter hurdles, clocking 49.75 seconds and finishing tenth in the preliminary round, less than a second behind St. Mary’s (Colorado Springs) junior Monique Garbutt in eighth. BHS’ 4x100 relay (Coffelt, McClain, senior Whitney Howard, senior Haleigh Zwart) re-broke their school record—which lasted all of one week—as well and finished in 52.77 seconds, but found themselves only in 12th place in the prelims, and out of contention. Comparatively, Denver Christian won the discipline in 50.94.
Among the Intermountain League schools Bayfield placed highest as a team, but nipped Pagosa Springs (15th place) by only half a digit. Monte Vista finished in a three-way jam for 35th, scoring three points. With no representatives Ignacio obviously did not score, while Centauri sent some athletes but also did not score.