Pirate track team finishes regular season at home, league meet next

The Pirate track team hosted the Terry Alley Invitational last weekend at Golden Peaks Stadium and, if the meet results are any indicator of what lies ahead, the Pirates should be in a battle with Bayfield for Intermountain League honors Saturday.

Pagosa took top team honors in boys competition at the eight-team Alley invitational, edging out Bayfield 121-117.

The Pirate girls took second place, just behind Bayfield, 149-144.

Pirate boys were led by first-place finishes from Taylor Shaffer and Garrett Stoll.

Shaffer took his second consecutive win in the 400-meter dash. The Pirate topped the field with a time of 52.40 seconds

Stoll was first in the boys triple jump, leaping 41-2.5 feet.

A number of second-place finishes added to the team total.

Jackson Walsh, still suffering from a knee injury, was second in the 3,200 run, with a time of 10:30.63.

Ryan Stahl took second in the 300 hurdles, finishing at 44.09.

John Jewell was second in the triple jump, at 40-7.5.

The 4x800 relay team of Kade Skoglund, Zach Lucero, Ryan Hamilton and Walsh finished at 8:41.07 — good for second place.

Third-place finishes were logged by Jacob Anderson in the 100 dash (12.51); Lucero in the 1,600 run (5:02.69); Jewell in the long jump (19-0); and the 4x400 relay team of Daniel Puskus, Hamilton, Skoglund and Lucero (3:59.26).

On the girls’ side of the roster, the Pirates swept the 800, with Crystal Purcell taking first, Tori Strohecker second, and Abbi Hicklin third.

Jacie Harms won the 3,200 run with a time of 13:03.98.

Kala Matzdorf was first in the 300 hurdles, posting a time of 56.51.

The 4x800 relay team of Harms, Breezy Bryant, Megan Bryant and Katarina Medici topped the field with a time of 11:07.55.

Megan Bryant won the shot put event with a throw of 32-4.

Second-place finishes went to Danielle Pajak in the 400 (1:07.99); Breezy Bryant in the 300 hurdles (58.19); and Medici in the 1,600 (6:19.01).

Third-place finishes went to Magan Kraetsch in the high jump (4-8) and the triple jump (29-4.75); Kelsy Sellers in the 400 (68.09); Pajak in the long jump (13-9); and the 4x200 relay team of Pajak, Casey Meekins, Matzdorf and Sellers (1:58.49).

“The meet went well,” said Pirate Coach Connie O’Donnell. “I was surprised by the weather — it was fine until we got some wind at the end of the day. Everything went smoothly and we had tons of help.”

O’Donnell singled out some of the field event participants. “I thought we had some jumpers do a good job. Magan Kraetsch took third in the triple jump with her best effort yet

“Taylor Shaffer did a good job winning the four hundred,” O’Donnell continued. “It was windy, but it was a good, tough race. We put Danielle Pajak in the four-hundred to see what she would do. She got second, and she wasn’t even in the fast heat. And Jacie Harms won the thirty-two hundred. It wasn’t a close race — she was out there all by herself.”

Saturday, Bayfield hosts the Intermountain League meet and it is one of the final two chances Pirate athletes have to qualify for state competition (the other being the regional meet, to be held at Golden Peaks Stadium the following week.

“I am hoping we will see some qualifying performances at the IML,” said the coach. “I think Taylor Shaffer could qualify with a good race, and no wind. I also think Jacie Harms and Jackson Walsh could post qualifying times at the league meet.”