Lake County High School’s track & field team competed in the Denver Christian Invitational on Saturday, April 13. Although threatened by fog, snow and colder temperatures, the meet ran to completion.

Lake County’s top female performer was Abi Reigel, who finished 4th in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 29.09 seconds and 6th in the 100m dash in 14.11 seconds. She and teammates Aurora Marruffo, Joci Holbrook and Taylor Webster improved their 4x200m time to 2 minutes 3 seconds and placed 6th.

Marruffo leaped over 14 feet in the long jump for the first time, reaching 14’ 1.75” and finishing 4th. Webster was 5th with her jump of 13’ 9.25.” Holbrook jumped 25’ 0.5” in the triple jump and took 5th place.

The medley relay, consisting of Krysta Roeder, Maya Mendoza, Holbrook and Marruffo, improved their season best time to 2:13 and ended up 5th.

In the team scoring, the Panther ladies were 9th out of 16 schools.

On the guys’ side, Anthony Martinez was the only event champion. He easily won the 110m hurdles in 16.15. Despite being in a slower heat, Martinez also ran 11.93 in the 100m dash and ended up 6th overall in that event.

Relay performances were a major highlight of the meet. Fabian Jimenez, Conner Lenhard, Aaron Fierro and Joshua Rivera ran the 4x800m relay 26 seconds faster than earlier this season, taking 2nd place in 9:01. They are now ranked 15th in the 3A state rankings. Martinez, Rivera, Fierro and Jimenez also cut significant time off their 4x400m relay season best. They placed 2nd in 3:47. The 4x100m relay team of Martinez, Jace Holbrook, Matt Espinoza and Carlos Saucedo also finished 2nd with a season-best time of 46.56. In the 4x200m relay, Moises Lopez, Caleb Osborn, Andrew Ayers and Caleb Marruffo ran 1:46 and earned 6th place.

As exciting as these relays were, it might have been the thrower’s 4x100m relay at the end of the meet that stole the show. Lopez, Ayers, Saucedo and Holbrook, who had all competed in the shot put or discus earlier in the day, smashed the relay competition with a time of 49.32. Their prize was a dozen donuts.

Individually, Osborn placed 3rd in both the high jump (5’8”) and the triple jump (a personal best 36’ 6.75”). Rivera missed his PR in the 1600m run by only 2 seconds, but he did run under 5 minutes for the first time this year. His time of 4:55 was enough for 3rd place. Rivera did accomplish a personal best in the 800, running 2:14 and placing 6th.

Jimenez dropped over a second and a half off his personal best 300m hurdle time. He took 6th in 45.67. James Garrison accomplished the greatest time improvements of the day. He cut almost 20 seconds off his 1600m best, completing the 4 laps of the track in 5:17. He also beat his 800m PR by 3 seconds, reaching 2:28.

Aaron Fierro contributed to the time drop of the 4x800m relay by cutting 11 seconds off his previous best split and running 2:17 for his leg. Later, in the open 800m run, Fierro ran even faster, finishing that event in 2:16. Although previously his best 400m time was 1:01, Fierro finished his leg of the 4x400m relay in 56.56. Trying the long jump for the first time, Fierro launched himself 17’ 1.25” and took 7th in the event. For these amazing accomplishments, Fierro was named Panther of the Meet.

The boys’ team finished 4th; they were only beaten by 5A schools.

Other Panthers who accomplished personal best marks were Maya Mendoza in the 200m (32.65), Krysta Roeder in the 100m (15.51), Andrew Ayers in the discus (78’ 0”), Matt Espinoza in the 200m (25.28), Moises Lopez in the discus (78’ 9”), and Caleb Marruffo in the 200m (27.45).

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