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The Pagosa Pirate track team competed against 10 other schools Tuesday at the Ron Keller Invitational meet in Durango.
This meet challenged athletes, occurring right after their spring break and running late into the night.
Head coach Connie O’Donnell said in a phone interview with The SUN, “I think a meet right after spring break is really tough. Some people legitimately did the work outs over break, some people were at sea level, some people did partial work outs … [but] it’s not the same thing as having practice.”
The next two weeks of practice promise to push the athletes hard, getting them ready for their upcoming meets April 19 and 25.
The Pirates still did well on Tuesday, managing to log several top finishes.
•100 meter hurdles — Sydney Mogensen came in 11th at 20.61.
•1,600 meter run — Emily Bryant took third at 5:43.95. O’Donnell said there was a lot of hype about a supposed showdown during the 1,600 meter run between the Bayfield and Durango competitors.
O’Donnell said Bryant stayed with both competitors the entire way. The three girls separated out in front of the other runners, and Bryant finished only 1.90 seconds behind the Durango second-place finisher.
“Then [Bryant] turned around and ran the next race,” O’Donnell said, adding, “She did super awesome and had a great attitude.”
Alexa Alexander also ran in the 1,600, coming in 12th at 6:48.40, with Delaney Khung not far behind at 14th with a time of 6:55.10.
• 3,200 meter run — Khung finished 10th at 14:40.40; Jordyn Martinez came in 11th at 14:49.39; Maddie Greenly came in 13th at 15:06.34.
• 200 meter dash — Kori Mogensen finished 17th at 31.97; Sydney Mogensen finished 21st at 32.48.
• 400 meter dash — Remy Oney came in 12th at 1:11.06 with Kori Mogensen right behind at 13th with a time of 1:12.80.
• 800 meter run — Madi Lewis took sixth at 2:40.17, with Meghan Ellis finishing 17th at 3:00.30 and Andie Miller finishing 23rd at 3:13.09. This was Lewis’s first meet of the season.
Though Lewis did not run to her personal expectations, O’Donnell said she did well and “is the type of girl who will really work hard” to get to where she needs to be.
“She just had a late start compared to everyone else,” O’Donnell added.
• 4×100 meter relay — Pagosa girls team McKayla Miller, Oney, Payton Shahan and Taylor Strohecker took fourth place with a time of 55.25.
O’Donnell said that all of the Pirate relay teams lost valuable time due to poor hand-offs during their races; that is something they will be working on improving this week in practice. Even with the lost time, O’Donnell said the relay teams look promising.
O’Donnell also complimented Shahan on her performance during the relay events, saying Shahan made “a strong contribution” by passing several competitors during her turn.
• 4×200 meter relay — Pagosa girls Taylor Lee-Hammer, Lewis, Shahan and Strohecker took second at 1:54.35.
• 4×400 meter relay — The team of Ellis, Lee-Hammer, Lewis and Bryant took third at 4:30.54.
• 4×800 meter relay — Alexander, Bryant, Lee-Hammer and Lewis took second at 11:00.46.
• 800 meter sprint medley relay — Girls team Nicole Jurcak, Andie Miller and Kori and Sydney Mogensen took ninth at 2:21.96.
• Discus — Morgan Schaaf finished 13th at 77-9; McKayla Miller finished 21st at 40-5.
• Shot put — Schaaf placed seventh at 28-6.5; McKayla Miller was 17th at 24-10.5.
• High jump — Strohecker took second at 5-00.00; Jurcak took eighth at 4-04.00.
• Long jump — Kori Mogensen came in eighth at 12-11.5.
• Triple jump — Shahan came in second at 31-4.75. O’Donnell said this was a personal record for Shahan, compared to 31-10.25 last meet. Lee-Hammer took sixth in the event at 28-4.25.
• 100 meter dash — Jeremiah Miller finished ninth at 12.35; Tyler Cowan, 17th at 12.90; Mason Brown, 18th at 12.94.
• 200 meter dash — Mathew Breman took fourth at 24.87; Skylar Goldberg came in 16th at 26.99.
O’Donnell said she is very excited about Breman’s progress, saying, “He’s really turning into a track athlete.”
O’Donnell explained that Breman is very strong on sprints and jumps, achieving a PR in the long jump this meet.
Breman “ran a fifty-five split and did awesome” in the 4×4, said O’Donnell, adding, “He came to the finish line with nothing left, which is how you’re supposed to run it. I was really proud.”
• 300 meter hurdles — Goldberg took 11th at 49.00.
• 400 meter dash — Tate Drane took third at 52.72, which was “really good coming off of break,” O’Donnell stated.
Tyler Greenly came in eighth at 55.06; Liam O’Brien came in 15th at 1:00.58.
• 800 meter run — Jacob Hughes came in 16th at 2:30.08; Ben Miller came in 19th at 2:40.15.
• 1,600 meter run — O’Brien came in 10th at 5:28.91 with Tavin Hauger finishing 11th at 5:34.72.
• 3,200 meter run — O’Brien came in 10th at 11:57.65; Hughes, 11th at 12:23.74; Nick Cronon, 18th at 13:22.68.
• 4×100 meter relay — The boys team of Cowan, Ryan McInnis, Jeremiah Miller and John Parsons came in fifth at 47.56.
• 4×200 meter relay — The team of Breman, Drane, David McRee and Jeremiah Miller placed fifth at 1:38.33.
• 4×400 meter relay — Greenly, Hauger, O’Brien and Gus Palma took fifth at 4:01.57.
• 4×800 meter relay — Drane, Greenly, Nick Hutcherson and McRee took third at 9:18.68.
• Discus — Creede Wylie took first at 142-11; Chase Patane took sixth at 113-9.
• Shot put — Creede Wylie took first at 43-3; Patane took fifth at 41-1.5; Parsons came in 17th at 32-11.5; McInnis, 26th at 28-00; Jake Keuning, 28th at 24-8.
O’Donnell said Wylie was sitting at sixth prior to his final shot put throw; he ended up out throwing everyone and winning the event. O’Donnell said it was really neat to see Wylie get himself together to accomplish that, especially when it is very hard to find a place to practice throwing events over break.
• High jump — Mason Chronowski took first at 5-10; Ben Miller tied for 9th at 5-00.
• Long jump — Breman took second at 19-6; Jeremiah Miller, 12th at 17-00; Cowan, 13th at 16-9.
• Triple jump — Chronowski took first at 38-3.25.
O’Donnell said Chronowski did very well and is really “on his way to where he needs to go.”