YHS track and field swept LPAA titles
It was a good Friday for the Yuma High School track and field teams.
The Indians hosted the LPAA and YWKC league championships, last Friday. The home track advantage did not seem to hurt as both the boys and girls teams won their respective LPAA team titles.
“Winning both titles was awesome,” coach Lucas Lubbers said. “We aren’t sure of the last time that the boys and girls both won the league title in the same year, so that is a huge accomplishment for these athletes. Both teams had quite the challenge ahead of them Friday but everyone showed up and competed well and it paid off.”
It was a photo finish for the boys as they edged Sedgwick County by one point, 154-153, for the league title. Wray was third with 146, while Holyoke had 67, Haxtun 57.5, Wiggins 55.5, Caliche 28, Merino 20 and Akron 11. It was so close that all the results were reviewed for accuracy, causing a nervous delay before the final team scores were announced.
The girls race for the team title was tight as well, but there was a little more breathing room as Yuma won the league with 148.5 points, while Wray was second with 140. Holyoke finished with 102.5 points, Akron and Merino 70 each, Haxtun 63, Sedgwick County 54.5, Caliche 52, and Wiggins 21.5.
Yuma’s girls won six events while on their way to the LPAA championship.
Julissa Garcia won the 100-meter dash in 12.82 seconds. Chasey Blach added to the open race victories by taking the 400 in 1 minute, 2.42 seconds.
Blach ended up with three individual victories as she also won the high jump by clearing 5-foot-0, an the triple jump with a distance of 32-10.5.
In fact, she was four-for-four as Blach also teamed up with Staci Higgins, Garcia, and Cody Robinson to win the 4-by-200 with a time of 1:48.69.
The 800 sprint medley team of Robinson, Garcia, Higgins and Ema Richardson won with a time of 1:58.10.
The Indians enjoyed several more placing efforts in the open races.
Garcia was second in the 200 dash with a time of 27.12 seconds, while Higgins was third in 27.72, and Robinson fourth in 28.48. Higgins also was fourth in the 100 in 13.38 seconds, and Fatima Duran took eighth in 14.17.
Shelby Blach was second in the 800 in 2:49.88, and third in the 1600 in 6:10.52. Lucy Day was third in the 800 in 2:50.36, and third in the 3200 with a time of 15:36.42. Xitlali Carranza also placed in the 3200, finishing fifth in 16:13.62. Ema Richardson joined C. Blach as a placer in the 400, finishing fourth with a time of 1:06.92.
Joining C. Blach as placers in the field events were Duran taking third in the pole vault at 6-9, Robinson taking fifth in the long jump with a distance of 14-6.25, and Sandy Gilliland clearing 4-2 to place fifth in the high jump.
Yuma’s girls placed in all five relays. Besides the two first places, the 4-by-100 team of Duran, Gilliland, Samantha Wells and Serria Chambers took third in 56.17 seconds, the foursome of S. Blach, Day, Michelle Reyes and Kinley Eyring were third in the 4-by-800 in in 11:39.51, and the 4-by-400 team of S. Blach, Wells, Alyson Gardner and Richardson was fifth with a time of 4:48.85.
Yuma’s boys team definitely needed all the points, meaning in the end even two eighth-place finishes helped put the Indians over the top.
Several first-place efforts helped lead the way.
Clay Robinson won the 100 dash with a time of 11.47 seconds, and the 200 in 23.44 seconds.
Jacob Long won the 400 with a time of 53.66 seconds.
Victor Mendoza was a double winner in the field events, traveling 20-10.25 to win the long jump and 41-9.75 for first in the triple jump.
Jake Chrisman cleared 6-4 to win the high jump.
The relays got in the act also, as the 4-by-200 team of Beau Tate, Long, Mendoza and Robinson won with a time of 1:34.6.
There were several other top efforts in the open races, relays and field events.
Tate was second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.3 seconds, and third in the 300 hurdles in 44.55 seconds. Gustavo Mosqueda was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 18.05 seconds.
Kail Cooper was third in the 400 with a time of 54.28 seconds, and Cooper Godfrey was seventh in 58.44. Long took sixth in the 200 with a time of 24.15 seconds. Leo Montes took sixth in the 1600 with a time of 5:27.48, and eighth in the 3200 in 12:50.13.
Chrisman added to his high jump title by placing second in the pole vault, clearing 12-9. Braden Smith was fourth by clearing 11-9, and Cooper fifth at 10-9. Jaxson Lungwitz was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 37-5.25, and Mosqueda fifth at 37-5. Chrisman long jumped 17-10.5 for sixth, and Alex Morales was seventh with the same distance of 17-10.5. Tarren McDonald squeezed out a point in the discus, placing eighth with a distance of 103-4.
The 4-by-100 relay team of Bryan Diaz, Morales, Mendoza and Robinson was second with a time of 45.71 seconds. The 4-by-400 foursome of Cooper, Godfrey, Creighton Eyring and Long was fourth in 3:47.81, and Diego Gordo, Eddie Corral, Gabe Schulte and Montes teamed up to place fourth in the 4-by-800 in 9:39.75.
And now the YHS track and field athletes can look forward to the final two weekends of season as league champions.
Some will to a last chance qualifier in Sterling on Friday, and others will attend the St. Vrain meet in Longmont on Saturday. Lubbers said as of earlier this week 18 boys and 14 girls have qualified for next week’s state meet in Lakewood, but the hope is even more qualify this weekend.