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Pirates finding their niche at second meet of the season

Staff Writer

Photo courtesy Sabra Miller Taylor Strohecker attempts to clear the high jump bar at this weekend’s track meet in Aztec. Strohecker finished second in the event with a height of 4’10”.

Photo courtesy Sabra Miller
Taylor Strohecker attempts to clear the high jump bar at this weekend’s track meet in Aztec. Strohecker finished second in the event with a height of 4’10”.

Pagosa track athletes competed for the second time this season last Friday in Aztec.

Athletes were still determining their niche on the team during the Aztec meet, with several athletes trying different events to find the one best suited for them for the rest of the season.

Coach Connie O’Donnell stated that after this weekend, athletes will begin sticking with the same events for the remainder of the season. This will allow them to work on cultivating the specific skill sets necessary to excel in their events of choice.

That being said, there may still be one or two athletes who add an event in the coming weeks.

Taylor Strohecker competed in the long jump for the first time during the Aztec meet; she may continue with the event if it does not interfere with her competition in the high jump, in which she was a state qualifier last year.

The Aztec meet placed the top six finishers in each event. The Pirates fared well overall, with the boys placing eighth and the girls placing ninth as teams.

Photo courtesy Sabra Miller Creede Wylie prepares for a launch during the shot put competition last Friday in Aztec. Wylie threw a personal best with a distance of 43’11”, ultimately capturing second place at the meet.

Photo courtesy Sabra Miller
Creede Wylie prepares for a launch during the shot put competition last Friday in Aztec. Wylie threw a personal best with a distance of 43’11”, ultimately capturing second place at the meet.

Results for the Pirates are as follows:

Strohecker started off strong again this season in the high jump, taking second for the Lady Pirates this weekend at 4-10. Nicole Jurcak finished ninth in the event at 4-2.

Mason Chronowski also captured second in high jump for the boys at 6-0. Tate Drane, David McRee and Ben Miller all tied eighth in the event at 5-4.

Creede Wylie took second in discus at 146-0. Chase Patane finished seventh at 119-10.

Wylie also took second in shot put at 43-11; the distance was a personal best for Wylie. Patane finished 16th in the event at 36-6 and John Parsons finished 18th at 35-5.5.

Morgan Schaaf finished 18th in shot put for the girls at 26-8.5.

The girls sprint medley relay won third with a time of 5:04.13.

The boys 4×400 meter relay team placed fifth with a time of 3:45.89. The girls 4×400 meter relay team was just one spot away from placing, ultimately coming in seventh with a time of 5:18.07.

The boys 4×100 meter relay shared a similar fate, coming in seventh with a time of 47.14.

McRee placed fifth for the boys in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 43.87, with Skylar Goldberg finishing 10th at 49.63.

McRee also competed in the 110 meter hurdles, coming in 10th at 18.37.

Drane competed in the 400 meter dash for the first time this weekend, ultimately placing fifth with a time of 53.11. Tyler Greenly finished 10th in the dash at 55.71.

Taylor Lee-Hammer finished ninth in the 400 meter dash at 1:10.01; Maddie Greenly finished 17th at 1:13.02.

A list of other Pirate finishes are as follows:

In the 3,200 meter run, Liam O’Brien finished seventh for the boys at 11:37.55; Greenly finished ninth for the girls at 14:15.58.

In the 100 meter dash for the girls, McKayla Miller, 14.50, came in 24th.

For the boys in the event, Jeremiah Miller, 12.06, 18th; Mason Brown, 12.56, 29th; Mathew Breman, 12.61, 30th; Parson, 12.64, 31st; Caleb Drane, 12.81, 38th; Tyler Cowan, 12.98, 46th.

In the 200 meter dash, McKayla Miller finished 17th for the girls at 30.53.

For the boys in the 200 meter dash, Jeremiah Miller came in seventh at 24.59. Breman, 25.14, 12th; Caleb Drane, 25.83, 17th; Cowan, 26.65, 25th; Goldberg, 27.31, 34th; Logan LeBeau, 32.42, 46th.

In the 1,600 meter run, Nick Hutcherson came in 12th at 5:16.64; O’Brien finished 16th at 5:20.57.

In the 800 meter run, Alexa Alexander finished 10th at 2:48.83 for the girls; Hutcherson finished 13th at 2:17.00 for the boys.

Athletes will compete again April 5 in Bayfield.

shanti.johnson@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on March 27, 2014.