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Track team competes at Aztec Invitational

The Pirate track team performed well at last week’s Aztec Invitational in Aztec, N.M., providing the athletes and coaches with a successful experience to end the pre-spring break portion of the season.

Pagosa’s girls finished fourth out of eight teams at a meet that featured teams from large schools in the region.

Notable among the placings in events was Gabby Pajak’s first-place finish in long jump. Pajak leaped 16 feet, 7.25 inches to capture the event and set a new school record. The previous record had stood since 1974. Had Pajak’s jump taken place at a Colorado meet, it would have qualified her for competition at the state meet.

Toni Stoll brought home two, third-place finishes. She took third in long jump (15-10) and in triple jump (32-5.5)

Kelsey Sellers was third in the 400-meters, with a time of 1 minute, 6.06 seconds.

Katarina Medici placed third in the 3,200 at 13:46.48. Medici also took seventh in the 1,600 (6:15.99).

Kala Matzdorf ran to third place in the 300 hurdles (53.29). Matzdorf took fourth place in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.64.

Notable among the finishers was Katie Armbrecht, who placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 86-08. It was the first time Armbrecht had picked up a javelin in her track career.

Girls’ relay teams ran to fourth place in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 events.

“Our senior girls did a great job,” said Coach Scott White. “Katarina Medici was very strong in the thirty-two hundred and Kala Matzdorf had very good times in both hurdle events for this point in the season. Kelsey Sellers cut three seconds from her time in the preliminaries on Friday and Toni Stoll is improving all the time in long jump and triple jump. The fourth for Katie Armbrecht in javelin was a great job.”

The Pirate boys finished fifth in a field of 10 teams.

Senior Willie Wilkins continued to show impressive speed on the track, having yet to practice on a track at home, since snow still covers the surface at Golden Peaks Stadium. Wilkins blazed to first place in the 200, clocking in at 23.92.

Sophomore Carlos Brinkmann took second place in the 3,200, with a time of 10:39.09.

Ryan Hamilton finished third in the 800, at 2:10.26.

Ryan Stahl placed third in two events — the 110 hurdles (17.69) and the 300 hurdles (46.25).

Garrett Stoll captured two third-place spots — in the long jump (18-4) and the triple jump (37-8.5).

The boys’ 4x100 team took third in the race.

”Willie did a great job, winning the two hundred,” said White, “and so did Ryan Hamilton (in the 800). It was his first race of the season. Willie had a false start in the one-hundred or he would have been a factor in that race. Carlos Brinkmann is looking very strong. Ryan Stahl is proving to be an excellent leader on this team and Garrett Stoll did very well, taking third in two events.

“I was happy with the results at this meet,” said the coach. “I thought our kids performed very well. The Aztec meet is a good one: it’s a two-day meet, with things spread out, so we can get kids in a lot of events. And, in New Mexico, a kid can enter five events at a meet. For a team not at full strength, we had a good experience.”

Now, the mid-season break.

The Pirates have a week off next week for spring break, then have a week of practice to prepare for the next competition — the Pine River Invitational, at Bayfield on April 10.

“We finally have the basketball kids back,” said White, “ and I think we’ll have some great relay teams once we return to action. Things are starting to click.”