Yuma athletes in state track, which is now Saturday and Sunday
Editor’s Note: A wet winter storm along the Front Range has wreacked havoc with the Colorado Track and Field Championships, originally scheduled for today through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. However, CHSAA has announced it now will be a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday.
Yuma High School has taken much bigger groups of athletes to the state meet in the past.
However, there is definitely quality over quantity this year as the Indians stand a good chance of placing in several events, Saturday and Sunday at the Class 2A Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
The YHS coaching crew will be taking a total of nine, seven girls and two boys — including two alternates for the girls.
Because of the switch to a two-day schedule, the exact time of the YHS athletes’ events will not be known until Friday.
Chasey Blach is competing in the high jump. She qualified with a best jump of 5-foot-1, and enters state tied for fourth in 2A. The sophomore also is in the triple jump qualifying with a jump of 33-2, sixth best in 2A.
Blach also is part of a 800-meter sprint medley foursome that includes Cody Robinson, Staci Higgins and Reagan Nolin.
Coach Kristin Lebsock said one of the alternates, Stephanie Sauer and Michelle Reyes, could take Blach’s place if need be, but that might not be necessary since prelims are being eliminated in the two-day schedule.
The sprint medley team enters state with the 10th-best time in 2A at 1:56.24, and will have to kick it up a notch to end up on the medal stand.
The same group of girls, along with Alicia Smith, also will be mixed and matched for the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relays. The Indians snuck into the state field in the 4-by-100 with the 16th-fastest time this year, 53.45 seconds.
And then there is Elizabeth Kucera and Alicia Smith in the pole vault. Kucera, who missed the middle part of the season with an injury, enters state tied for fourth with a qualifying height of 9-foot-1. Smith also is in medal contention as she is ranked eighth at 8-8. Both are juniors.
There are two Indians on the boys side, with Victor Mendoza competing in the long jump and triple jump, and Jake Chrisman in the high jump, in which he placed last year as a freshman.
Mendoza is ranked sixth in the triple jump going into state with a best distance of 42-5.5, which he did last Friday at the Highland Invitational (see below).
He is 12th in the long jump with a best distance of 20-0.25.
Chrisman’s best height of 6-foot-2 in the high jump has him tied for fourth heading into the state competition.
The YHS track and field teams wrapped up the regular season last Friday by competing at the Highland Invitational in Ault.
Competing against mostly Class 3A schools, the girls finished fourth in the team standings, out of 13, with 63 points, while the boys were seventh with 50. Platte Valley won both team titles.
Kucera cleared 9-0 to win the pole vault, and Smith was second at 8-6.
Blach won the high jump with a height of 4-8.5. Sauer was fourth in the triple jump at 31-1.25. Higgins was seventh in the
100-meter dash with a time of 13.18 seconds.
All five relays placed: The 4-by-100 team of Higgins, Nolin, Smith and Robinson was third in 54.34 seconds; Robinson, Nolin, Higgins and Blach were third in the sprint medley in 1:57.53; the 4-by-200 team of Higgins, Nolin, Robinson and Blach was fourth in 1:52.64; Robinson, Reyes, Nolin and Blach placed third in the 4-by-400 in 4:24.32; and Smith, Sauer, Tania Morales and Reyes teamed up to place fourth in the 4-by-800 with a time of 11:37.33.
Chrisman and Mendoza paced the boys. Chrisman cleared 6-2 to win the high jump, and Mendoza went 42-5.5 to win the triple jump. Mendoza also was third in the long jump at 19-0.75.
Tarren McDonald threw 116-7 for fifth place in the discus, and Blaine Cooper was seventh in the shot put with a heave of 37-2.5.
The boys’ 4-by-800 relay team of Diego Escobar, Alex Schuetz, Diego Gordo and Armando Olivas placed third in 9:31.19. The 4-by-200 foursome of Olivas, Tyler Lovell, Mendoza and Connor Hixon was fourth in 1:37.85. Olivas, Lovell, Mendoza and Hixon were sixth in the 4-by-100 in 46.78 seconds. The 4-by-400 team of Sayed Fierro, Escobar, Gordo and Olivas placed sixth with a time of 3:55.42.