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Pirates finish track season at state meet

The high school track season ended last weekend at the Colorado Class 3A state meet at Lakewood.

The Pirate boys placed 14th in the team rankings; the girls’ team was 15th in the standings.

A number of Pagosa competitors — individuals and relay teams — finished in the top 10 in events and several took to the awards stand to receive medals.

Foremost among the Pirate finishes was the one crafted by senior Ryan Stahl in the 300-meter hurdles.

Stahl ended up in seventh place in the preliminaries, with a time of 41.3 seconds. A tremendous finish, in 40.50 seconds, propelled the Pirate into second place in the finals.

“It was a perfect way for Ryan to end his high school career,” said Pirate coach Scott White. “He started in the ninth lane, the worst lane. Ryan is so persistent. He has a refuse-to-lose attitude, and he overcame the disadvantage.”

Two Pirates brought home fourth-place awards from the state meet.

Freshman Toni Stoll placed fourth in the triple jump, hitting a distance of 35.04 feet.

“Toni had never triple jumped before this season,” said the coach. “But she was better at every meet, and nothing ever gets to her. She ended with her best jump of the season and she was our high scorer for the season.”

Senior Willie Wilkins took fourth place in the 200 dash, crossing the finish line at 22.77.

“Willie did a great job, and he worked hard” said White. “He is a true sprinter and I hope to see him move on and run somewhere in the future.”

Stoll’s teammate Gabby Pajak, a freshman, was fifth in the triple jump, nailing a mark of 32.00.25 and was fifth in the long jump, with a distance of 17.00.5.

“Gabby ended up scoring the highest number of points for us at the state meet,” said the coach. “Her first two jumps in long jump were fifteens and it didn’t look like she’d make the finals. Her third jump was a seventeen, and it was good enough for fifth place. She wanted a seventeen all season long, and she got it.”

Finishing in the top 10 were:

• Wilkins, in seventh place in the 100, with a time of 11.73.

• Kala Matzdorf, ninth in the 100 hurdles, at 17.03.

“Her time in the preliminary was the best time of the year for Kala,” said White, “and it was the result of her attitude. I am so proud of her; she kept working hard throughout the season.”

• Megan Bryant, 10th in shot put, with a distance of 33.08.75.

“Megan did a great job,” said the coach. “She made the finals and took tenth, just as she did last season. She was a team leader for us. Her hard work and the example she set helped bring the entire team along.”

• The boys’ 4x800 relay team of Ryan Hamilton, Cain Lucero, Zach Lucero and Jacob Anderson finishing in eighth at 8:30.83.

“This is a tough race,” said White. “It’s a dog fight. The guys did a great job, and we have two members of the team returning next year (Cain and Zach Lucero).”

• The girls’ 4x400 team of Danielle Pajak, Toni Stoll, Kelsey Sellers and Gabby Pajak was eighth, at 4:15.97.

“The girls just missed the school record in the preliminaries — by a half second,” said White. “I am very excited about this group. All of them are coming back, with big goals.

“The team has a bright future. We’ll have to replace a lot of boys and it could be a rebuilding year next season, but we’ll be fine. The outlook for the girls is extremely positive. We have some good kids coming up from eighth grade and some very strong athletes returning. I am excited for next year.”