Lake County High School’s track and field team finally returned to action last week.

After having 2 meets in a row cancelled for snowy and icy conditions, the Panthers were eager to get back on a track.

The team traveled to Colorado Springs on Tuesday, April 2, for a JV competition hosted by St. Mary’s High School. That meet was very loosely run, with no places or team scores being posted. Still, Lake County accomplished some positive things and was clearly victorious in a few events.

Anthony Martinez easily won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.19 seconds, but teammate Fabian Jimenez gave him a challenge in the 300m hurdles. Martinez went out to an early lead, but Jimenez caught up on the curve. The race was tight on the home stretch, but Martinez pulled out the victory, finishing in 47.17, and Jimenez took 2nd in a personal best time of 47.76 seconds.

Martinez and Jimenez teamed up with Jace Holbrook and Carlos Saucedo in the 4x100m relay. They won the race with a season-best time of 47.03. Martinez also finished 2nd in the long jump with a personal best leap of 18’3.75.”

In the 1600m run, Joshua Rivera showed a strong second 800m and took 2nd in 5 minutes 3 seconds.

Andrew Ayers set personal best marks in the high jump (5’4”) and triple jump (32’8.75”) and just missed a PR in the long jump (16’4”). For these improvements, Ayers was chosen Panther of the Meet.

On Saturday, the team participated in the Salida Invitational and placed well against the 16 other 1A-3A schools.

Rivera was the only Lake County athlete to bring home a champions’ t-shirt. He earned it by winning the 3200m run in a time of 11:12. Rivera also finished 3rd in the 300m hurdles in 46.61, and Omar Hernandez was 4th in a personal best 46.95. In the 110m hurdles, all 3 Panthers set PRs and scored points. Hernandez was 3rd in 18.75, Rivera took 4th in 18.83, and Aaron Fierro finished 5th in 19.61.

Fierro cut a second off his best 3200m time (12:01) on his way to a 6th place finish. James Garrison was 8th in 12:24.

Fabian Jimenez ran a smart and consistent 800m race to reach a new PR of 2:11 and 3rd place.

In the 100m dash, Matthew Espinoza broke through the 12-second barrier to 11.99 and ended up 6th. Carlos Saucedo took 7th in 12.04. Jace Holbrook ran 24.89 (a new best time) in the 200m dash and placed 7th.

Espinoza, Andrew Ayers and Caleb Osborn all cleared 5’4” in the high jump and tied for 8th place.

The 4x200m relay team of Holbrook, Jimenez, Espinoza and Saucedo ran a season-best time of 1:38 and finished 2nd. Holbrook, Ayers, Espinoza and Saucedo ran the 4x100m relay, which took 6th in 47.61. The 4x400m relay was comprised of Moises Lopez, Caleb Marruffo, Julio Lozano and Hernandez, and they finished 4th in 4:13.

Garrison, Marruffo, Lozano and Osborn placed 4th in the 4x800m relay with an overall time of 10:53.

As a team, the boys finished in 4th place, and Matthew Espinoza was chosen Panther of the Meet.

On the ladies’ side, Abi Reigel had a strong sprinting day. She took 3rd in the 200m dash (29.42), 4th in the 100m dash (13.78), and 5th in the 400m dash (1:08).

Taylor Webster jumped well, placing 3rd in the triple jump (31’0.5”) and 5th in the long jump (13’6.75”).

In the 3200m run, Morgan Holm finished 3rd in 17:11 and Hannah Holm was 4th in 19:00.

Krysta Roeder, Maya Mendoza, Geonna Bowers and Tyra Chavez teamed up for the 4x100m relay, which finished 6th in 1:03. The 4x200m team of Roeder, Mendoza, Joci Holbrook and Morgan Holm placed 8th in 2:10.

Overall, the ladies’ team was 9th.

While the rest of the Panthers were competing in Salida, Anthony Martinez had the opportunity to race against some of the best athletes on the Front Range at the Mullen Invitational. He qualified to run the 110m hurdles, which he finished in 16.02 and 11th place out of 40 competitors, and the 300m hurdles, which he completed in 45.51.

Other Lake County athletes who achieved personal bests this week were Joci Holbrook in the 100m (15.45), Hannah Holm in the 200m (40.62) and the 400m (1:31), Maya Mendoza in the 100m (15.95), Krysta Roeder in the 200m (33.05), James Garrison in the 1600m (5:35) and the 400m (1:02), Omar Hernandez in the long jump (16’7.25”), Jace Holbrook in the long jump (17’10”), Fabian Jimenez in the 100m (12.47) and the 200m (25.26), Moises Lopez in the 200m (27.94) and the shot put (29’4”), Caleb Marruffo in the 100m (13.24), Caleb Osborn in the triple jump (35’6.5”), Joshua Rivera in the discus (79’5.5”), and Julio Lozano in the 400m (1:00) and the triple jump (27’9.75”).

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