Track season picking up pace
Yuma High School’s track and field teams are rounding into shape as the schedule gets busier.
The boys and girls teams both had strong showings this past week in the Yuma Bill Kalb Invitational on Monday, and at the Fightin’ Red Invitational at Eaton last Saturday.
The track and field teams head west again Saturday for the Max Marr Spartan Classic in Berthoud. It is the first time YHS will compete in that meet.
The Indians will stick closer to home Tuesday when they participate in the Wray Dick Evans Invitational at Powell Field.
The Yuma teams had a good run at their own Yuma Bill Kalb Invitational, Monday.
Final team scores were not available at press time, but the Indians had several placing performances.
The Yuma girls are showing some promise in the open sprints, as Staci Higgins was second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.2 seconds, and Julissa Garcia was second in the 200 in 27.93 seconds. In the longer races, Shelby Blach was fifth in the 1
600 with a time of 6 minutes, 28.55 seconds, and Lucy Day was eighth in the 800 in 2:52.11.
The girls’ relays were dominant again, winning three and taking second in the other two.
Fatima Duran, Garcia, Cody Robinson and Higgins won the 4-by-100 with a time of 52.68 seconds. Higgins, Garcia, Robinson and Chasey Blach won the 4-by-200 in 1:52.02, and also won the 800 sprint medley with a time of 1:57.11. The Indians also took second in the 4-by-400 relay as Samantha Wells, Robinson, Ema Richardson and C. Blach with a time of 4:31.24, and second in the 4-by-800 as S. Blach, Kinley Eyring, Richardson and Day finished in 11:39.4.
More points came in the field events as C. Blach was second in the triple jump with a distance of 31 feet, 10.5 inches. Sandy Gilliland cleared 4-2 for fourth in the high jump, and Duran went 6-11 for seventh in the pole vault.
The Yuma boys were powered by several top-three finishes.
Jake Chrisman won the high jump with a height of 6-2, and also won the pole vault by clearing 13-5.
Clay Robinson added another first by winning the 200 dash with a time of 23.62 seconds.
Leo Montes took second in the 800 with a time of 2:20.83. Beau Tate was second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.5 seconds, and third in the 300 hurdles in 45.4 seconds.
Victor Mendoza had two second-place efforts, in the long jump with a distance of 20-0.25, and the triple jump with a distance of 42-4.5.
Also in the field events, Tarren McDonald was fifth in the discus with a toss of 123-3, and put the shot 38-11 for sixth place. Braden Smith cleared 10-11 for sixth in the pole vault. Robinson was eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 38-2.5.
Back in the open races, Montes was sixth in the 3200 with a time of 12:55.99. Gustavo Mosqueda ran the 110 hurdles in 18.27 seconds for sixth, and was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 45.82 seconds.
The 4-by-100 relay team of Aiden Blanco, Bryan Diaz, Mendoza, and Robinson took fourth with a time of 47.19 seconds. The 4-by-200 team of Jacob Long, Robinson, Tate, and Creighton Eyring was fifth with a time of 1:38.30. The 4-by-400 team of Kail Cooper, Cooper Godfrey, Mosqueda, and Long was fifth with at ime of 3:57.03, and the 4-by-800 team of Charles Perrin, Montes, Osman Escobar and Alberto Rascon was fifth with a time of 10:35.97.
The Indians traveled west to Eaton last Saturday for the Fightin’ Red Invitational.
Both teams had a solid outing.
The girls placed fourth in the 18-school field with 62.5 points. The boys finished fifth with 63 points. Both were the most among the few 2A an 1A schools in the field.
The girls picked up 14 points in the sprints as Garcia was second in the 100 with a time of 13.31 seconds, and Higgins third in the 200 in 27.72 seconds.
More points came in the field events. Blach cleared 5-1 in the high jump for second place. Fatima Duran cleared 7-0 for sixth in the pole vault. Richardson triple jumped 29-9.5 for seventh.
Yuma’s girls racked up most of their points in the relays, including the team’s only first place of the day. The Yuma foursome of Robinson, Garcia, Higgins and C. Blach won the 800 sprint medley with a time of 1:55. The 4-by-100 team of Duran, Garcia, Robinson and Higgins was second in 51.92 seconds, and Yuma placed second in the 4-by-200 as Higgins, Garcia, Robinson and C. Blach finished in 1:49.25. The 4-by-400 foursome of Wells, Robinson, Richardson and C. Blach was fourth in 4:37.95, and Yuma was fourth in the 4-by-800 as S. Blach, Eyring, Day and Richardson finished in 11:51.34.
Yuma’s boys also picked up some points in the open races. Robinson was fifth in the 100 in 11.76 seconds, and sixth in the 200 in 24.11 seconds. Tate was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.58 seconds, and Mosqueda seventh in 46.27 seconds. Tate was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in 18.28 seconds, and Mosqueda was eighth in 19.28 seconds.
In the field events, Chrisman cleared 13-0 to win the pole vault, and Smith went 10-0 for eighth. Chrisman also cleared 6-1 for third in the high jump. Mendoza was third in the long jump with a distance of 21-0.5, and fourth in the triple at 43-8.
More points came in the relays. The 4-by-200 foursome of Long, Robinson, Tate and Diaz was second with a time of 1:36.3. Yuma was fourth in the 4-by-100 as Blanco, Diaz, Mendoza and Robinson finished in 46.68 seconds. The 4-by-400 team of Cooper, Godfrey, Mosqueda and Long was fifth in 3:51.2.