Pole vaulters power BHS into State
Written by: Joel Priest
Editor's note: EvaLou Edwards won the 3,200 meter run yesterday. Ignacio's track preview is after this article. Good luck, Wolverines and Bobcats!
If there was ever a year the boysâ€™ Class 3A pole vault mark could fall, it would be this year.
Former Bayfield Wolverine Drew McClureâ€™s fifteen-foot best has been on the books for nearly a decade, but this weekend two individualsâ€”Alamosaâ€™s Sam Bilderbeck and Sterlingâ€™s Truitt Parrishâ€”will enter having already equaled or bettered it during the regular season.
And an impressive four from BHSâ€”Geoff Pope, Tyler Meyers, Michael Voss, John Arnoldâ€”will also take their best shot at it inside Jeffco Stadium, making the event one to truly keep an eye upon at the 2013 State Track-and-Field Championships.
Michael Hawkins recently wrote his name into school records with a 50-plus in the shot, and like Arnold, will enter his event as one of the four favoritesâ€”with teammate T.J. Fuller-Pazell joining him in the field of 18, as well as flying solo in the long jump.
Aubry Brown, in the discus, will make for three Wolverines in throwing events, while Conner Kennedy (high jump) will be the only other in a jumping event. Running in the 200-meter dash, Keith Wickman will be the lone individual sprinter for the BHS boysâ€™ team, with the 4x100 and 4x200 relays also in the mix for a medal.
Itâ€™d be hard to bet against Eva-Lou Edwards leading the Lady Wolverines in Lakewood, entering as the 3-seed in the 1,600 meters and the favorite in the 3,200â€”though itâ€™s rather hard to believe sheâ€™ll be the only lady or gent in any distance-running (historically another BHS stronghold) discipline.
Trevor Gabbard came close to representing the boys in events by doing the double (4:51.53, 11:11.07) at last weekendâ€™s Intermountain League Championships, held inside Wolverine Country Stadium, but narrowly missed the final cut in each.
The girlsâ€™ 4x1 and 800 medley relays will go, as will Jessie Roukema in the high jump. No surprise here; the pole vault will also be a potential BHS strong point, with Morgan Allred, Katie Hawkins, Brittany Hunter and Trista Hooleyâ€”the 3-seed going inâ€”all making the field.
One can almost already expect them back for 2014 as well, with Allred being just a sophomore, Hawkins a freshman, and Hunter and Hooley just juniors [for that matter Pope, Meyers and Arnold are juniors, and Voss just a soph]. Lone thrower Samantha Espinosa, a senior, will go for it all in the shot and completes Bayfieldâ€™s contingent.
Time schedules for each event can be found by clicking the â€˜Trackâ€™ link online at www.chsaa.org.
At the IMLâ€™s, BHSâ€™ boys needed every strong attempt they could get to edge Alamosa for the title, 117 to 111, while the girls finished second behind Pagosa Springsâ€”but by a much wider (118-90) margin.
Centauri followed in third with 75, AHS was fourth with 68 and Monte Vista fifth with 36. On the boysâ€™ side, PSHS was third with 93, CHS fourth with 28 and MVHS again fifth with 21.
IHS Track locked in for Lakewood
By Joel Priest
As if Ignacioâ€™s split-second-, eighth-of-an-inch-driven world of track-and-field wasnâ€™t complicated enough, CHSAAâ€™s message greeting fans visiting its website on Monday certainly indicated that the waters surrounding the 2013 State Championships had gotten muddier:
â€œDue to some coaches not following the process correctly in creating an account and entering their athletes into the MaxPreps state qualifier platform, CHSAA has now had to postpone the posting of qualifiers for the 2013 State Track Meet. This decision was made in fairness to the athletes who may be impacted, rather than proceeding and posting an incomplete entry list. With the help of coaches we hope to have this posted by Monday afternoon.â€
Results from all league-championship meets were to have been submitted by 6 p.m. Sunday for final rankings/seedings going into the May 16-18 Championships, held at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. But once revisedâ€”the massive 5/10-11 Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction includedâ€”with Assistant Commissioner Jenn Roberts-Uhligâ€™s approval, there were still Bobcats left on â€˜The List.â€™
State-bound Michelle Simmons placed ninth overall in the 200-meter dash in GJ, running a 26.87, and the 4x100 relay (53.67) placed 15thâ€”but third among San Juan Basin League teamsâ€”to lead the Lady â€™Cats, along with the 800-meter medley relay (1:58.63; 12th overall, 2nd in league). Simmons also tied for eighth in the high jump (4â€™10â€), while Ellie Seibel also earned IHS some points with her 18th-place 4â€™8â€.
Chrystianne Valdez cleared 6â€™10â€ in the pole vaultâ€”her State specialtyâ€”to take 14th, and Jayce Stricherz was 17th but scored points with her 6â€™4â€.
The Bobcat boys were led by Wyatt Hayesâ€™ 14th-place overall finish (53.50) in the 400, which was enough to win the SJBL title, and the 4x1 was 13th in 46.74â€”but also best in league. Klayson Smith was second among leaguers in the high jump, and his 6â€™0â€ also tied for seventh overallâ€”as did his 11â€™1â€ pole vault, which led the SJBL. Austin Haire tied for 13th in the event, but earned team points with his 10â€™1â€.
Haire and Kelton Richmond finished 44th and 45th overall in the discus, at 103â€™7â€ and 103â€™1â€, respectively. Richmond (35th, 37â€™6.5â€) and Blaine Mickey (50th, 35â€™6â€) were also top-50 in the shot put.
State qualifiers were verified by mid-Wednesday, with Ignacio to be represented individually by:
Simmons (200m, high jump), Smith (high jump, pole vault), Hayes (400m, long jump), Valdez (pole vault), Haire (pole vault), Sky Cotton (long jump), Richmond (discus), Nick Herrera (high jump).
Relays making the cut are the girlsâ€™ 4x100 (Simmons/Cotton/Dynesha Drake/Daâ€™Shona Lloyd) and 800-meter medley (Cotton/Lloyd/Simmons/Cloe Seibel), and the boysâ€™ 4x1 and 4x2 quartet of Hayes/Mike Perez/Blaine Mickey/Charles Rohde.
Competitorsâ€™ and coachesâ€™ entrance times, ticket sales, and opening of the venueâ€™s gates will begin at these times: Thursday 7:15 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m., Saturday 8:15 a.m.
WESTERN SLOPE BOYSâ€™ STANDINGSâ€”41 TEAMS TOTAL (2A/1A SJBL team):
1.Eagle Valley 232, 2.Coal Ridge 195, 3.Grand Junction 191, 4.Hotchkiss 127, 5.Cedaredge 123, 6.Telluride 119, 7.Palisade 109, 8.Durango 105, 9.Glenwood Springs 104, 10.Fruita Monument 104â€¦. 25.Montezuma-Cortez 29, 26.Olathe 28, 27.IGNACIO 27, 28.Vail Christian 24, 29.Mancos 23, 30.Ouray 21, T-31.Roaring Fork/Soroco/Hayden/Dolores 15, T-35.Summit/Plateau Valley 14, 37.Steamboat Springs 9, 38.Aspen 7, 39.Dove Creek 5, T-40.De Beque/Nucla 0.
WESTERN SLOPE GIRLSâ€™ STANDINGSâ€”41 TEAMS TOTAL (2A/1A SJBL team):
1.Battle Mountain 192, 2.Cedaredge 187, 3.Paonia 161, 4.Durango 160, 5.Eagle Valley 145, 6.Fruita Monument 139, 7.Gunnison 129, 8.Grand Junction 122, 9.Glenwood Springs 114, 10.Moffat County 113â€¦. 13.Dolores 104, 14.Coal Ridge 94, 15.Palisade 78, 16.Montrose 62, 17.Telluride 59, 18.Meeker 57, 19.Dove Creek 51â€¦. 26.Roaring Fork 31, T-27.Grand Valley/IGNACIO/Soroco/Basalt 30, 31.G.J. Central 26, 32.West Grand 20, T-33.Plateau Valley/Ouray 12â€¦. 38.Nucla 6, 39.Steamboat Springs 4, T-40.De Beque/Mancos 0.