The Pirate track team took a large contingent of athletes to Aztec, N.M. last Friday and Saturday to compete in their final meet prior to spring break.
The meet featured 16 teams, most from New Mexico and the area near Farmington, but several Colorado schools, including Ignacio, Dolores and Center, were at the event. The Pirates took 61 athletes to the meet on Friday and returned to Aztec with 42 participants Saturday.
“It was a large meet, with some very good teams,” said Coach Scott White. “It’s a real challenge for our kids to go to this kind of meet. We have a lot of young kids out and is good to compete against teams from excellent programs — it forces us to improve.”
Senior Jackson Walsh showed he is ready to compete at the higher levels this season. Walsh took first place in the 1,600-meter run, with a time of 4 minutes, 37.98 seconds — just 3 seconds off the Colorado state meet pre-qualifying time. Walsh was fourth in the 3,200 (10:34.78) and seventh in the 800 (2:09.48).
John Jewell, also a senior, returned to the team following basketball season and immediately served notice he will be a factor in the triple jump. Jewell took third in the event at Aztec with a leap of 41 feet.
“To have Jackson get first in the mile and John get third in triple jump at a meet of this caliber is a real standout for us,” said White.
Megan Bryant, a junior, was third in shot put. Bryant had a throw of 33-5 and also placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:38.68. “Megan getting third in shot was a highlight of the meet,” said White. “She had her best throw yet.”
Jacie Harms was fourth in the 1,600 (5:56.18) and fourth in the 3,200 (12:58.83) both finishes coming in a part of the country known for its distance runners.
Katarina Medici continued to look good in distance events. Medici was fifth in the 1,600, crossing the line at 5:58.22.
In other field events, Megan Kraetsch was sixth in high jump, clearing 4-4, and freshman Katie Armbrecht was eighth in triple jump with a distance of 28-2.
Freshman Tyson Ross placed 13th in the shot put, with a throw of 38-1.
A number of Pirate relay teams placed in the top ten in events.
The girls’ 4x100 was seventh (57.68); the girls’ 4x200 placed sixth (2:00.77); and the girls’ sprint medley relay was sixth (5:04.67).
The boys’ sprint medley took seventh (4:15.89); the boys’ 4x400 was eighth (3:52.44); and the boys’ 4x100 finished ninth (49.19).
The team will practice this week, then it is time for spring break — and time to heal. There will be no track meets for two weeks. The team returns to competition April 11 at the Pine River Invitational at Bayfield.