Pirates to host regional track meet Saturday

It was a wet, nasty one.

So nasty, in fact, that last Saturday’s Intermountain League track at Bayfield was cut short due to the rain and cold.

The abbreviated session left the league without team champions and left the all-conference selections to wait for another week.

Despite the problems, Pirates fared well in events that took place prior to the early end to competition.

Pirate girls managed four first-place finishes at Bayfield.

Jacie Harms captured the title in the girls’ 1,600 meter run. Her time was 6 minutes 2.45 seconds — with a 24 second lead over the nearest competitor

Kala Matzdorf was first in the 100 hurdles. The junior had a time of 18.66.

Megan Bryant took first in the shot put, with a throw of 30 feet, 6 inches.

The 4x800 relay team of Harms, Megan Bryant, Katarina Medici and Breezy Bryant topped the field with a time of 11:09.62.

Other Pirate girls finished in the top three in events.

Saje Brinkman, Matzdorf, Victoria Espinosa and Danielle Pajak took second in the 4x200 relay (2:04.97).

Crystal Purcell was third in the 1,600 (6:33.85).

Magan Kraetsch was third in the 100 hurdles (20.12).

Becky Reidberger, Casey Meekins, Kelsy Sellers and K.T. Armbrecht finished third in the 800 sprint medley (2:15.02).

In boys’ competition, the Pirates brought home three first-place honors.

Ryan Stahl won the 110 hurdles, crossing the line at 18.62.

John Jewell was first in the long jump. The senior posted a distance of 18-9.75, with a 9-inch advantage over the second-place finisher.

Sackett Ross captured first in discus with a throw of 104-6. Ross outthrew the second-place athlete by nearly 12 feet.

The Pirates managed several other top-three finishes.

Ryan Hamilton, Kade Skoglund, Zach Lucero and Jackson Walsh were second in the 4x800 relay (8:48.59.

Walsh took third in the 1,600 run (4:53.11).

Jewell was third in the triple jump (38-6.5).

Tyson Ross took third in the shot put (37-8.5).

“It was pretty soggy,” said Pirate Coach Connie O’Donnell of the IML meet. “There was about ten minutes without rain and we only made it to the boys’ mile in the event schedule. It was too wet and too cold. As a result, there are no league champs and no all-conference picks. We will use the IML placers at the regional meet to determine who is named all-conference.”

O’Donnell highlighted the performances of Harms in the 1,600 and Matzdorf in the hurdles. “Jacie took the mile, and Kala had one of her best races and best times, in a pouring rain. Maybe she just needs it to rain at every meet.”

As for field competitors, O’Donnell said, “they had to work hard in the field events. Those are very difficult in the rain. I thought our kids were really tough. It was a miserable day and I am very proud of them.”

Saturday, the Pirates host the regional meet at Golden Peaks Stadium. Not only will IML competitors vie for all-conference honors, but athletes will compete to determine who moves on to the next week’s state meet in Pueblo. The top three finishers in each event advance.

There will be 10 teams at the stadium Saturday: the hosts, Bayfield, Centauri, Monte Vista, Buena Vista, Lake County, Salida, Rye, Trinidad and Florence.

“I’m excited to have the meet here,” said O’Donnell. “Among the schools in the region, only we and Bayfield have a track facility, so I am thrilled we can host and bring people to Pagosa Springs.”

Field events at the regional meet will begin at 11 a.m.; running events start at noon.

Photo courtesy J.D. Kurz
Ryan Stahl, seen here in a race earlier in the season, captured first place in the 110 meter hurdle event at last week’s Intermountain League meet at Bayfield. The Pirates host the regional track meet Saturday at Golden Peaks Stadium, with events beginning at 11 a.m.