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The Pagosa Springs Pirates track and field team competed at the Aztec Icebreaker Invitational, in Aztec, N.M., on March 28.
It was a small meet, with the Pagosa contingent consisting of only seven members — two girls and five boys.
According to coach Scott White, the girls are right on pace so far this season.
Senior leaders Gabby Pajak and Toni Stoll were the two Pirate girls at the meet. They scored 27 team points, competed in only five events.
Pajak placed first in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles, with a time of 15.91 seconds, beating a formidable opponent from Aztec.
“They ended up being right in the lanes next to each other,” White said. “It was just a battle; it was so cool to see. You could see it in Gabby’s face: she was like, ‘I am not going to let this girl beat me.’”
Pajak also placed second in the girls’ long jump with a distance of 15 feet 9.75 inches and second in the girls’ triple with a distance of 35-05.
Stoll placed fourth in the girls’ long jump with a distance of 15-9.75. According to White, Stoll scratched a 17-foot jump, which would have easily won the event.
“Scratches do not count, but we know it’s in her,” White explained.
Stoll still has the best triple jump this season in Colorado 3A. She placed first in the event at Aztec with a distance of 35-10.
At this moment, she has a strained leg, which is being remedied.
Daniel Sloan was a key competitor for the boys during the meet. He placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:14.14. He also placed seventh in the boys’ long jump with a distance of 19-06, however, he scratched a 20-6 jump.
“Daniel’s really funny,” White explained, “He’s four-by-eight hundred guy, and used to high jump for us, but we decided he was more of a long jumper, and he ended up placing seventh in the long jump but would have been second if he hadn’t of scratched. He had a twenty-foot, six-inch jump with a little bit of a scratch, which just shows that potential. He’s so explosive. He runs great four hundreds, he runs great eight hundreds. He’s still learning, but he’s really competitive.”
This meet also brought out a few boys just returned from the basketball team to compete at the invitational.
Included in this group was senior Garek Erskine, who placed second in the boys’ triple jump with a distance of 38-11.
“Overall, this was a really small meet, but it was fun to watch the seniors compete together,” White said.
Spring break is around the corner and several athletes will miss meets.
“It will be good experience for some kids to get some experience, but we won’t have the full team together,” White remarked. “We’re looking forward to kids coming back from spring break, ready to run, hopefully injury free.”