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The Pirates rose to the occasion last Saturday at their track meet in Bayfield, with at least 22 new personal records (PRs) for the year recorded in a variety of events.
“It’s nice to see that the kids are improving every week,” O’Donnell wrote in an email to The SUN, adding, “ The goal is to keep improving times and distances and maybe surprise a few people with some state qualifiers.”
Pagosa Pirates took on seven other schools, braving less than ideal weather in the early events, including hail and rain.
“The meet was great after the downpour,” O’Donnell stated. “The rest of the day was really nice and was perfect weather for running.”
According to O’Donnell, some athletes were moved to new events this week, which worked out well. The boys team won the track meet and the girls team took third overall.
Results are posted below.
• 100 meter hurdles — Sydney Mogensen came in seventh at 20.89.
• 100 meter dash — McKayla Miller came in 10th at 14.73.
• 200 meter dash — Taylor Jones captured fourth place at 29.65; Sydney Mogensen came in 11th at 31.42, setting a new PR for the event.
• 300 meter hurdles — Taylor Lee-Hammer took fourth at 52.66; this was her first time competing in the event.
• 400 meter dash — Kori Mogensen took fifth at 1:11.34; Maddie Greenly came in ninth at 1:13.71.
• 800 meter run — Meghan Ellis captured third place with a time of 2:47.98, shaving off an amazing 12.32 seconds for a new PR; Alexa Alexander took fifth at 2:58.03; Andie Miller came in eighth at 3:02.92, also shaving off the significant amount of 10.17 seconds from last meet for a new PR.
• 1,600 meter run — Alexander took fifth at 6:40.59, with Jordyn Martinez taking sixth at 6:45.22. Both Alexander and Martinez set new PRs during the event. Delaney Khung took eighth at 6:50.09.
• 3,200 meter run — Pagosa girls dominated, with Greenly coming in second at 14:32.56 and Khung right behind in third at 14:33.24. Khung’s time set a new PR for her in the event, shaving off 7.16 seconds from last meet.
• 4×100 meter relay — Pagosa girls McKayla Miller, Remy Oney, Payton Shahan and Taylor Strohecker took third place at 56.15.
• 4×200 meter relay — Pagosa’s team of Lee-Hammer, McKayla Miller, Shahan and Strohecker took third at 1:56.25.
• 4×400 meter relay — Girls team of Ellis, Taylor Jones, Lee-Hammer and Oney took second at 4:35.49.
• 800 meter spring medley relay — Pagosa girls Nicole Jurcak, Andie Miller, Kori Mogensen and Sydney Mogensen took seventh at 2:14.38, cutting down their time by 7.58 seconds from last meet.
• Discus — Morgan Schaaf captured third place at 88-08, improving from her throw of 77-9 last Tuesday.
• Shot put — Schaaf took fourth in the event at 27-10.5.
• High jump — Strohecker continues to dominate her event, placing first, and improving three inches from last meet, at 5-03. Jurcak also improved this meet by a full inch, coming in fifth at 4-05 and setting a new PR. Jones competed this time around, coming in eighth at 4-01.
• Long jump — Shahan took second at 15-01.25, setting a new PR; Kori Mogensen came in eighth at 13-01.5, up from 12-11.5 last meet; Ellis came in ninth at 12-10.75.
• Triple jump — Shahan captured first place at 33-03, setting a new PR from her last record of 31-4.75. Lee-Hammer took second in the event at 30-8.5.
O’Donnell called Shahan a “standout” during the meet, writing, “[Shahan] has been really working at technique in the horizontal jumps. I know that she has more distance in there and I’m looking forward to seeing her gains in the next few weeks.”
• 100 meter dash — Jeremiah Miller took fourth at 12.32; Tyler Cowan came in 12th at 13.05; Ryan McInnis came in 17th at 13.46, setting a new PR.
• 200 meter dash — Miller came in seventh at 24.82; Cowan came in 13th at 25.95; John Parsons came in 14th at 26.01. Both Cowan and Parsons set new PRs during the event.
• 300 meter hurdles — Skylar Goldberg took fifth at 48.49, improving from last meet’s 49.00 and setting a new PR.
• 400 meter dash — Tyler Greenly flew into second place at 53.99, setting a new PR; Jacob Hughes came in 10th at 1:03.03.
• 800 meter run — Tate Drane dominated, setting a new PR and coming in first at 2:06.12. Tavin Hauger came in sixth at 2:29.10.
• 1,600 meter run — Nick Hutcherson took third at 5:09.61, setting a new PR, with Liam O’Brien taking fourth at 5:12.13 and shaving off 16.78 seconds from last meet for a new PR. Hauger finished seventh at 5:45.52.
• 3,200 meter run — Pagosa boys greatly improved on their times from last meet during the 3,200. O’Brien came in fourth at 11:41.02, cutting off 16.63 seconds from last Tuesday; Hughes took fifth at 12:02.39, shaving off 21.35 seconds for a new PR; Nick Cronon, also improved by 19 seconds, coming in 10th at 13.03.68 and setting a new PR.
• 4×100 meter relay — The boys team of Mathew Breman, Cowan, Jeremiah Miller and Parsons took second at 47.74.
• 4×200 meter relay — The team of Breman, Cowan, Jeremiah Miller and Parsons placed fourth at 1:40.61.
• 4×400 meter relay — Greenly, Hutcherson, Ben Miller and Mason Chronowski took third at 3:44.10.
• 4×800 meter relay — Greenly, Hauger, Hughes and Hutcherson took first at 9:32.82.
• Discus — Creede Wylie continues to dominate the event, again taking first at 146-5, up from 142-11 last Tuesday and setting a new PR; Chase Patane also improved from last meeting, taking fifth at 117-7, up from 113-9.
• Shot put — Wylie took first at 44-4, up from 43-3. Parsons came in 13th at 33-10.25, up from 32-11.5.
O’Donnell stated that Wylie had an “excellent day throwing” and almost set a new school record with an earlier throw in the event, “but stepped out of the ring at the last second causing the throw not to count.”
• High jump — Chronowski took second at 5-09; Ben Miller took fourth at 5-05, improving an amazing 5 inches from last week and setting a new PR.
• Long jump — Breman took third at 18-6.5.
• Triple jump — Chronowski dominated, coming in first place at 39-7.5, setting a new PR, up from 38-3.25 last week. Breman also competed in the event for the first time this week, doing very well and coming in second at 38-8.25.
The Pirates next meet will be in Aztec and will last for two days beginning Friday. The meet will be one of the largest yet this season, with 15 teams competing.
“It will give our kids a chance to be in a state track meet like format with prelims and finals,” O’Donnell wrote. “It will also give us a chance to spread the distance events out a bit so that we can have full recovery.”