Pirate track season ends at state meet

The Pirate track season came to an end last weekend with team members competing at the Colorado Class 3A state meet at Jeffco Stadium, in Lakewood.

One Pirate relay team and a single, individual competitor finished in the top ten of meet rankings.

Megan Bryant took 10th place in the girls’ shot put event. Bryant, a junior, threw the shot 33 feet, 1.75 inches.

The boys’ 4x800 meter relay team took 10th place in the race. The team of Jackson Walsh, Ryan Hamilton, Zach Lucero and Kade Skoglund finished with a time of 8 minutes, 31.56 seconds.

This year’s meet departed from the usual format, in that all Colorado classifications — 2A through 5A — competed at the same facility, Thursday to Saturday.

“Having all the classifications was not the disaster I thought it might be,” said Coach Connie O’Donnell. “Even though the event schedule was spread out, the meet was well run.”

If there was a bright side to the Pirates’ participation in this year’s event, it might reflect on the team’s future.

“This was the first year of competing in track for a couple of our runners,” said the coach. “And we had the chance to bring some young athletes to the biggest meet of the year. I think the impression they walk away with is ‘What do I need to do to get back here, and stand on that podium?’ One of the best results of this experience is that some goals are set, that are met down the line.”