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Track team faces tough competition in Colorado Springs

The Pirate track and field competed last week in the Colorado Springs area at the Ray Campbell Invitational meet, hosted by Fountain Fort Carson High School

This was a tougher meet than usual for the regular season, with 20 teams, most from the Front Range. Further, most of the teams were from Class 4A and 5A, with Pagosa among only four Class 3A teams at the event.

The Pirate boys took 11th place at the meet; the Pirate girls were 12th.

The boys’ relay teams managed to stand out amongst the competition. In the 4x400 meter relay, the boys took third place with a time of 3 minutes and 41 seconds. The boys 4x800 did even better, with senior runner Zach Lucero leading the boys to second place with a time of 8.34.

Lucero took third in the 800 run, with a time of 2.02.

Junior Carlos Brinkmann represented the team well in the long distance, taking third in the 3,200 with a time of 10.35.

Zerek Jones managed fourth place in the 400 against major competition, finishing the race in 51.74.

The girls showed well in the stiff competition, with jumpers placing second and fourth in triple jump. Gabby Pajak took second with a distance of 35 feet and 7 inches. Toni Stoll took fourth with 34-7.

The duo also fared well in the long jump; Pajak was fifth (16-1), Stoll eighth (15-5).

Emily Bryant managed an eighth place finish in the 1,600, with a time of 4:26.46.

Dana Danielson was eighth in the 3,200, in at 13:01.44.

The girls 4x400 (4:26.46) and 4x800 (10:39.49) relay teams took fourth place in their events.

The Pirates return to the region this weekend, making a trip to Alamosa for a meet Saturday.

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