Pirates begin track season anew, host meet Saturday

Finally back in action following spring break and a week during which competition was curtailed by inclement weather, the Pirate track team traveled to Durango Saturday and both boys’ and girls’ sides took fourth place in the team standings — the girls in an 11-team field, the boys in a 10-team field.

A number of notable performances propelled the girls to their team placing.

The Pirate girls’ team of Breezy Bryant, Jaci Harms, Megan Bryant and Medici took first place in the 4x800 relay, with a time of 11:35.21.

Junior Katarina Medici took second place in the 3,200-meter run, finishing the race at 13 minutes, 25.83 seconds.

Kala Matzdorf, also a junior, was second in the 300 hurdles, with a time of 54:46. Matzdorf also placed fifth in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 2 inches.

Megan Bryant continued to place well in shot put. Bryant had a throw of 32-10 to finish third in the event.

The girls’ 4x200 relay team of Tiffany Bachtel, Saje Brinkman, Jessica Blum and Victoria Espinosa placed fifth, at 2:01.78.

Among the Pirate boys, John Jewell led the way. The senior won the triple jump (41-04), and took second in the long jump (19-01.5)

Zerek Jones was third in the high jump (5-8).

Taylor Shaffer participate din his first 400-meter dash of the year, and the Pirate junior captured first place with a time of 51.80.

Ryan Hamilton, a junior, was fifth in the 800, crossing the line at 2:14.54.

Ryan Stahl was second in the 300 hurdles (43.20) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (18.25).

The boys’ 4x800 relay team of Hamilton, Zach Lucero, Michael Gallegos and Kade Skoglund was fifth, at 9:00.07.

“I thought things went really well,” said Pirate Coach Connie O’Donnell. “We had some kids do good things and we had a lot of placers — more than we’ve had so far this season.

“Taylor Shaffer won the four-hundred. It was an exciting race: the entire heat came to the finish together. Taylor’s time was two seconds better than his best time last year, and he did it in his first race of the season.

“Zerek Jones was a pleasant surprise. He is a freshman and he got third in the high jump, clearing five-eight. All of a sudden, something clicked. I think he cleared the bar by at least four inches.”

The Pirates traveled to Bayfield Tuesday afternoon for a rescheduled meet. Results were not available by press time.

Pagosa hosts the Terry Alley Invitational Saturday at Golden Peaks Stadium. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Photo courtesy J.D. Kurz
Taylor Shaffer, shown here running a leg in a relay, ran his first 400-meter dash of the season at Durango last week, and won the race. Taylor and his Pirate teammates will host the Terry Alley Invitational this Saturday, at Golden Peaks Stadium, beginning at 9 a.m.