Track and Field – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 May 2020 16:36:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Track and Field – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Track http://www.pagosasun.com/track/ Thu, 14 May 2020 21:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203561 With spring sports throughout Colorado canceled due to COVID-19, Pagosa Springs High School’s senior spring athletes missed out on being recognized for their hard work and contributions. Following is each senior’s Senior Night information, provided by Pagosa Springs High School, for the Pirate track and field team.

Mason Blakemore ran with the team four years and lettered two years.
Plans for next year: working with the US Forest Service this summer then attending the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.
Favorite memory: Breaking my 400 meter PR last year. I broke one minute and ended the race first in my heat with a time of 58 seconds.
Thank yous:
To my parents and coaches: Thank you for putting up with me and allowing me to compete in the sport.
To my teachers: Thank you for understanding when I have been gone for a meet and helping me with figuring out my work.
To my teammates: Thank you for helping me make memories and enjoy the last three and a not quite year of track.

Tay Barker was on the track and field team for four years.
Plans after graduation: will be taking a gap year but plans to attend a trade school.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory is running the 400 for my fastest time ever, 59 seconds. Also spending time messing around with my friends while we wait for our event to come up.
Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thank you for always pushing me and keeping me accountable to the teams and myself.
To my teammates: Thank you for making all four years of my sport seasons great. You guys really made it that much more fun.
To my mom: Thank you for always being there to support me in everything.

Tad Hittle was on the track and field team for four years.
Plans for next year: attend Colorado Mesa University and study biological science.
Favorite memory: Watching all the runners suffer while I ate a donut, throwing with my buddies, and listening to Dean’s “wisdom.”
Final words: Good job at State this year! Go Team! We really nailed it at Competition!

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High school spring sports season canceled http://www.pagosasun.com/high-school-spring-sports-season-canceled/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201993 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced Tuesday that the spring sports season will not continue, bringing to an end a season that had barely begun.

CHSAA’s commissioner, Rhonda Blanford-Green, issued a statement Tuesday morning with the news.

“We have proceeded with cautious optimism, holding on to a thread of hope that the spring season would be able to realistically resume, knowing that the health and safety of our sports communities would dictate our course of action. It was our hope to be able to create the memories because we understood what it meant to our high school communities — especially seniors — statewide,” Blanford-Green wrote.

She noted that more than 30 other state associations have also decided to cancel their spring seasons.

“We hoped that Colorado medical and health data would provide reassurances that we could go in a different direction. Unfortunately that will not be the case. The spring 2020 season is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting communities across the world,” she wrote.

The letter later continues: “Our hats are off to the many seniors that have shown maturity and resolve as their culminating year of high school has been impacted beyond activities and athletics due to this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will not be forgotten.”

“Just like everything else, it’s sad that so many of our athletes aren’t going to get to prove and show what they’ve learned and the growth that they’ve made over the years,” Archuleta School District Superintendent Linda Reed said, adding, “especially for the seniors, that’s where my heart hurts the most.”

The Pirate baseball team, which has four seniors — played one scrimmage before the season came to an end.

Coach Mike Remlinger indicated the team, including the seniors — PJ Bailey, Eric Huddleston, Ryan Lewis and Zach Haines — put in a lot of hard work and had high expectations for the season.

“Just in general,” he said, “the work we’ve put in the last couple years with all those kids, the expectations of what we were looking forward to this year were enormous, and so that’s a super hard pill to swallow, to just kind of look past that. But, on the other side, still super proud of those kids and who they’ve become and who they’re still growing to become, and a big part of that has been the competitive aspect of playing baseball.”

While acknowledging the “woulda, shoulda, coulda” aspect of the season, the coach noted this is a life lesson for everyone to not take tomorrow for granted.

He also suggested it will be interesting to see how the current situation affects the future in terms of the kids who can’t wait to get back to the sport and those who may have found other things to do with their time.

Track and field coach Connie O’Donnell said that it’s “obviously disappointing” that spring sports are canceled.

O’Donnell noted there were three seniors set to compete this year on the track and field team: Mason Blakemore, Tay Barker and Tad Hittle.

O’Donnell noted Barker had played three sports a year for each of his four years at PSHS and Barker, along with a few others, are working with O’Donnell to get participation credit for this spring’s track and field team.

“I’ve had some students that worked really hard over the last few months to prepare for track season, were really looking to accomplishing some goals,” O’Donnell said. “I think it’s really hard for the people that worked hard to get themselves in shape to have a great season. That’s obviously really frustrating.”

O’Donnell explained there are a few things she misses about the track and field season.

“We have such good, fun kids and I miss them. I miss hanging out with them and making them work hard and also just laughing and the camaraderie and the cheering for each other. I miss all of that,” she said.

Lady Pirate soccer coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason explained that, while he’s disappointed the season is canceled, that it’s for the best.

“We kind of knew it was coming,” he said. “That’s the safest thing to do. The safest thing to do is social distancing.”

Kurt-Mason explained that he broke the news in an email to his players, but had not received a response back yet.

At this point, if spring sports were to return, the Lady Pirates would have only had five games left in their season, he explained.

Despite the fact that the season is canceled, Kurt-Mason noted that he told his players to look on the bright side — they finished the year undefeated.

Kurt-Mason highlighted his five seniors — Alyssa Hubbs, Annabelle Bowles, Halie Severs, Gabriela Gallegos and Grace Thompson — describing them as “great people.”

“It’s tough. But, you’ve got to be strong and keep on keepin’ on,” he said.

“I wish I could change the way things are,” Reed said, “but I also believe there are young people who will take this experience and make the best of it and learn from it and hopefully make the world a better place.”

 

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194567 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.

APRIL

• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194166 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at January, February and March.

January

• Beginning Jan. 5, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) began 24/7 paid staffing for the first time in the department’s history.

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Pirate Track and Field All-Conference http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-track-and-field-all-conference/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=169697

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Eleven Pagosa Springs High School track and field athletes earned first-team all-conference honors this season. From left to right are Cade Cowan, Isaac Stewart, Mitch Lewis, Paul Farrah, Nell Taylor, Emma Heidelmeier, Michelle Sauceda and River Pitcher. Not pictured are Michael Wedemeyer, Mackenzie Wedemeyer and Piedra Goss. The athletes earned the honors in the following events. Boys’ 4×400 meter relay: Cowan, Michael Wedemeyer, Stewart and Lewis. Boys’ high jump: Farrah. Boys’ long jump: Cowan. Boys’ triple jump: Michael Wedemeyer. Girls’ 3,200-meter run: Nell Taylor. Girls’ 4×200-meter relay: Mackenzie Wedemeyer, Heidelmeier, Goss and Sauceda. Girls’ 4×400-meter relay: Mackenzie Wedemeyer, Heidelmeier, Goss and Pitcher.

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State Track and Field Meet http://www.pagosasun.com/state-track-and-field-meet/ Thu, 30 May 2019 21:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=169156

Photos courtesy Justin Cowan

A bevy of Pagosa Springs High School Pirates competed at the recent state track and field meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. Several Pirates fared well in the state competition.

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Wedemeyer claims second at state in the triple jump http://www.pagosasun.com/wedemeyer-claims-second-at-state-in-the-triple-jump/ Thu, 23 May 2019 21:00:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=168760

Photo courtesy Justin Cowan
Michael Wedemeyer hurls through the air at the track and field state championship last weekend. Wedemeyer earned second in the triple jump, seventh in the long jump and broke a Pagosa Springs High School record in the 400-meter race.

Last weekend’s state track and field meet was a good one for the Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS) Pirates: Michael Wedemeyer nabbed second in the triple jump and broke the school record in the 400-meter dash, Mackenzie Wedemeyer broke the school record in the 200-meter dash, and the girls’ 800-meter sprint medley team placed fourth while breaking a school record.

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Photo courtesy Justin Cowan
Mackenzie Wedemeyer, Emma Heidelmeier, River Pitcher and Jessica Hartley stand triumphant at the track and field state championship. This group earned fourth in the 800-sprint medley and broke a school record at the championship meet.

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Special Olympics team brings home awards http://www.pagosasun.com/special-olympics-team-brings-home-awards/ Mon, 20 May 2019 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=168300

Photos courtesy Nancy Walls
Pagosa Springs Special Olympics track and field team members Tricia Sierpiejko, Kelly Faber and Dalton Walls bring home honors from the Special Olympics Colorado regional track meet held May 6 in Grand Junction.

By Nancy Walls
Special to The SUN
Three members of our Pagosa Springs Special Olympics track and field team traveled with coaches Wayne and Nancy Walls to Grand Junction for the Special Olympics Colorado regional track meet on May 6.
All brought home high honors from the meet. Tricia Sierpiejko scored well in the women’s division, bringing home two second-place ribbons for her standing broad jump of 1 meter, 6 centimeter, and 17-10 softball throw and a fourth place for her 53.13-second 200-meter run. This was her fourth year in competition.
Kelly Faber won two first-place ribbons in the women’s division for her 14-80 softball throw, and 1-19 standing broad jump, and a second place for her 49.31-second 200-meter run. This was Faber’s third year competing.
Dalton Walls won three first-place ribbons in the young men’s division for his 34.31-second 200-meter dash, his 40-65 softball throw, and his 3-3 running long jump. Dalton has competed for the past five years at the state and regional meets.
The meet, attended by several hundred athletes of all ages from Western Colorado, was held at Mesa State University’s Stocker Stadium. The games were opened with the traditional torch run and lighting ceremony by the Grand Junction SWAT team.

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Twelve Pirates head to state, Wedemeyer breaks school record http://www.pagosasun.com/twelve-pirates-head-to-state-wedemeyer-breaks-school-record/ Thu, 16 May 2019 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=168290

Photo courtesy Justin Cowan
Emma Heidelmeier and Mackenzie Wedemeyer pass the baton during a relay event at the Last Chance Meet on May 11 in Monte Vista. The girls’ relay team won every event it competed in, propelling the Pirates to a first-place finish. Wedemeyer and Heidelmeir are both participating in the state championship beginning today.

At their last meet before state, the Pagosa Springs High School track and field teams ended the season by bringing home a pair of first places at the Last Chance Meet on May 11 in Monte Vista, and Mackenzie Wedemeyer broke the school record in the 200-meter dash that had stood since 2006.

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Photo courtesy Justin Cowan
Cade Cowan and Mitch Lewis pass the baton during the Last Chance Meet on May 11. Cowan and Lewis are both participating in the state championship beginning today.

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On to State! http://www.pagosasun.com/on-to-state-6/ Thu, 16 May 2019 10:54:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=168155

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Members of the Pagosa Springs High School track and field teams hit the road for the state championship Wednesday. State action begins today at Jefferson County Stadium and run through Saturday.

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