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Pirate track teams take second at IML, regionals next

Pagosa Pirate boys’ and girls’ track teams each took second place in team standings at last week’s Intermountain League championships at Bayfield and now prepare for the all-important regional meet Saturday at Pueblo.

Pagosa’s girls scored 85 points, finishing behind Bayfield at the IML meet. A number of top-three finishes helped the Pirates to their point total.

Gabby Pajak won the 200-meter dash. Pajak took top honors with a time of 27.86 seconds.

“This was Gabby’s first time in the race,” said Pirate coach Scott White. “She is such a good all-round athlete, we could put her just about anywhere.”

Kelsey Sellers placed first in the 400. Her time was 64.20.

Kala Matzdorf topped the field in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish line at 17.44. Matzdorf was second in the 300 hurdles (51.80).

The 4x400 relay team of Danielle Pajak, Sellers, Toni Stoll and Gabby Pajak placed first, winning the event with a time of 4:19.09.

“The team improved its time by nine seconds,” said the coach. “Their time is in the top five in the state.”

The 800 sprint relay team of Sellers, Saje Brinkmann, Satara Arthaud and Victoria Espinosa was first, at 1:58.42.

“Our goal all year was to get Bayfield in this relay,” said White, “and we finally got them.”

Gabby Pajak captured first in the long jump, hitting a mark of 16 feet, 3.5 inches.

Stoll continued her string of victories in the triple jump, leaping 35-1.25.

Megan Bryant outdistanced her opponents in shot put, winning with a throw of 34-4 — her best throw of the season thus far.

Katie Armbrecht was second in javelin, with a throw of 93-6.

The team of Brinkmann, Espinosa, Gabby Pajak and Danielle Pajak was second in the 4x200 (1:51.49).

“We moved up in the rankings. This was a great improvement,” said White. “The Centauri coach (the third-place team) was surprised by our performance.”

Brinkmann, Espinosa, Arthaud and Matzdorf finished third in the 4x100 (54.06). Bryant, Mele LeLievre, Katarina Medici and Danielle Pajak were third in the 4x800 (11:10.25).

Medici took third place in the 3,200, with a time of 13:52.08

Stoll finished third in the 100, hitting a time of 18.13. She also took third in the long jump, with a distance of 15-5.

The Pirate boys scored 83 points, finishing second to the Bayfield Wolverines..

Zerek Jones topped the field in the 200, winning with a time of 24.39.

Taylor Shaffer took first place in the 400, finishing at 52.60.

Ryan Stahl brought home two individual first-place finishes: in the 110 hurdles (16.38) and the 300 hurdles (42.20).

“His energy is amazing,” said White of the senior. “His leadership is positive and he is so well liked by all teams. Ryan is the heart of this team.”

The Pagosa boys raced to three top honors in relay events.

Jones, Shaffer, Stahl and Dakota Miller won the 4x100 with a time of 46.08.

“Dakota did a great job filling in (for Willie Wilkins),” said the coach.

Jacob Anderson, Zach Lucero, Shaffer and Ryan Hamilton were first in the 4x400, with a time 3:43.20.

“This was the race of the day,” said White. “It went down to the wire — a third of a second difference. I was proud of Zach Lucero; he was hurting and he still gave it his best.”

Anderson, Hamilton, Zach Lucero and Michael Gallegos took first in the 4x800, at 8:50.50.

“This team continues to improve,” said White. “They are looking forward to running at five-thousand feet (at Pueblo this week) to see what they can do.”

Zach Lucero finished in second place in the 800, crossing the finish line at 2:05.95. Hamilton was third, at 2:11.81.

“This was a great job by these guys,” said White, noting that Anderson finished fourth. “It helps make our four-by-eight hundred team stronger each week.”

Garrett Stoll was second in long jump, hitting 18-6, while Miller placed third at 17-8.75.

“Garrett is back, and he is jumping strong,” said the coach.

Stoll took second in triple jump, with a distance of 39-8.25.

Mark Johnson placed second in shot put, with a throw of 41.6.5 and third in discus, at 120-4.

Cain Lucero was third in the 1,600, finishing at 5:03.55 — the best time posted by a freshman.

“I see a bright future for Cain in the sixteen hundred and eight hundred,” said the coach.

All athletes who placed first in an event are named to the Intermountain League all conference team.

Now, the Pirates need to work for finishes in the top three in events at Saturday’s regional qualifying meet at Pueblo. It is the last chance for athletes who have not posted pre-qualifying times and distances to make it to the state meet at Lakewood the following weekend.

“I was real excited about the way our kids ran and competed at Bayfield,” said White. “Our girls’ four-by-four hundred is now number one in the region and so is our girls’ sprint medley relay team. It was fun to see these two groups come together and work hard all week. Our boys did a good job, and weren’t at full strength. I was really proud of our four-by-one hundred relay winning the league. They are now number two in the region, and within striking distance. When you look at the regional seeding sheets, we have a lot of kids with the potential to make it to state, and the regional team competition could be between us and Bayfield. Hopefully, with ten teams at the meet, it will spread the points out a bit.”

Saturday’s regional meet will be held at CSU-Pueblo’s Thunderbowl Stadium, with events starting at 9 a.m.