Last week’s cold and snowy weather resulted in several scheduling changes for the high school track & field team in their last week of regular- season competition.
In the end, several team members competed in Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, and another crew raced in Pueblo on Saturday.
The Grand Junction Tiger Invitational opened with the 4x800-meter relay. The Panther team of Fabian Jimenez, Conner Lenhard, Aaron Fierro and Joshua Rivera finished 6th with an overall time of 9 minutes 5 seconds. Later in the meet, Rivera, Lenhard and Fierro ran the 3,200m run. Rivera, a senior, turned in a season-best time of 10:47, while juniors Lenhard and Fierro ran new personal bests.Lenhard dropped 26 seconds off his PR and finished in 11:05. Fierro improved by almost 1 minute, crossing the finish line in 11:06.
Sophomore Jimenez ran his second fastest time ever in the 400m dash. Unfortunately, his time of 53.93 seconds was not quite enough to make it to finals, and he ended up 10th.
In the 110m hurdles, Anthony Martinez, a sophomore, ran 15.66 and qualified for finals in 4th place. On Saturday, with the same time, he took 2nd place in the finals.
Senior Caleb Marruffo wrapped up his track career with two personal bests – 26.52 in the 200m dash and 1:01 in the 400m dash. Sophomore Andrew Ayers hit 35 feet in the triple jump, a new PR, and sophomore Aurora Marruffo cut a second off her 300m hurdle time to run 52.30 seconds.
In Pueblo, freshman Joci Holbrook improved her triple jump mark by over a foot, leaping 28 feet 3 inches. Krysta Roder ended her freshman season with a PR in the 200m dash - 32.09 seconds. Sophomore Tyra Chavez also achieved a PR in the 200m with her time of 34.26. Those three ladies, along with freshman Maya Mendoza, set a season-best time for their 4x100 relay, finishing in 60.40.
Only the top eighteen 3A athletes or relay teams statewide in each event are awarded the opportunity to participate in the State Meet, which will be held in Lakewood on May 16-18. Anthony Martinez looks to be Lake County’s only qualifier. He will compete in the 110m and 300m hurdles.