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It was a cold day at the Piedra Vista Invitational in Farmington, N.M., but that didn’t stop the Pirate track and field team.
The Pirates competed against some schools with rosters twice the size of the Pagosa’s.
The girls’ team finished third out of 12 against the larger schools.
“Third place out of those big teams is an absolute thrill for me,” coach Scott White said.
Toni Stoll and Gabby Pajak were the girls’ team standouts. In the girls’ long jump, Pajak came in third with a distance of 16 feet and 6 inches. Stoll came in fourth with a distance of 15-10.
In the girls’ triple jump, Pajak finished first at 35-6.5; Stoll came in second at 34-9.
Pajak also placed first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 50:20 seconds. Stoll was second with a time of 52.62.
Pajak placed third in the 100, with a time of 17.09.
“Those two girls, they are the leaders of my team, they are the strongest competitors that I have, and they do everything together,” White remarked. “Gabby and Toni, they are not back to where they were last year, but they are doing really well. They’re right on pace for a record year for both of them in their events.”
Another highlight for the girls’ team came from returning state champion Taylor Strohecker, who took in the girls’ high jump.
“She really tied for first, but because of a miss, she came in second,” White explained. “She came out and right away jumped five foot, so that’s really good. Her personal best is five feet four inches.”
Madison Lewis placed third in the girls’ long jump with a distance of 13-9. The coach expressed that he was “thrilled” with the effort.
“Our girls’ team is still working on relays and waiting on some girls to learn how to throw until we see some results. Overall, those results secured us third and we got several more kids who got together this week to help.” White explained, “They got right out on the track and did a terrific job.”
The boys team placed ninth among 13 teams. There are still some team members who have not come out to the track following the basketball season.
This meet’s highlight was the boys’ 1,600 sprint medley. The team of Nick Hutcherson, Jeremiah Miller, Colton Polezynski and Daniel Sloan took first with a time of 3:52.66.
Polezynski ran a 2:07 split in the medley, putting him in the top 10 in Colorado 3A at this point in the season.
In the 4×400 meter relay, Hutcherson, Polezynski, Sloan and David McRee placed third, with a time of 3:48.48.
White explained that he was pleased with McRee. This was the sophomore’s first meet and he took fourth place in the boys 800 with a time of 2: 12.90.
Sophomore Tate Drane placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:16.35.
The freshman standout was Nick Hutcherson, running a time of 5: 09 in the 1,600.
“We are hoping we can get a freshman miler under five minutes.” White said. “It would be the first time we had done that.
“That’s a great meet, I wish it was a state qualifier. It’s not, but I like going down there because there are big teams and lots of great competition.”
Today, March 28, the Pirate seniors will head to Aztec, N.M., for the Aztec Icebreaker Invitational. This will be the first time some of the senior boys will compete this season.
“I’m looking forward to a warmer meet,” said White.