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Pirate track season begins south of the border

The sun has begun to shine. The snow on the roofs has all but melted. The temperatures have dared to reach beyond 50 degrees.

The Pagosa Springs Pirates boys and girls have tightened up their cleats.

It’s track season.

Last weekend the Pirates headed south to Farmington to race against some of the bigger schools in the area at the Piedra Vista Invitational, a tough first meet of the season.

“The first meet was encouraging, but we’re a young team,” Coach Scott White said.

A young team and a much smaller team than in previous years.

“It’s a challenge putting relays together, since the numbers are so low,” White said.

The Lady Pirates, split with half seniors and the other half a mingling of underclassmen, showed a lot of promise and produced some commendable finishes.

Junior Toni Stoll took first place in triple jump with a distance of 34 feet and 10 inches. The second-place finisher jumped a distance of 32-9, more than two feet behind Stoll.

White said that other Lady Pirates to watch are sophomore Dana Danielson in the mile; senior Saje Brinkmann in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes; and Kelsy Sellers in the 400.

The Pirate boys, consisting of mainly freshman and sophomores, White said showed a lot of promise in throwing events: shotput, discus and javelin. Sophomore Creede Wylie was the standout among the throwers. Wylie threw 111-7 in discus, placing him in seventh.

In the running game, White said that freshmen Tate Drane and David McRee both show a lot of potential in the 800 meter run and the mile. However, senior Carlos Brinkmann is the Pirates’ established veteran, placing fourth in the mile with a time of five minutes and 2.1 seconds.

“He’s close to breaking five right off the bat,” White said.

Fellow senior Matt Baker, White said, has a lot of potential in both the 200 and 400 meters.

However, where to look with the boys’ team are the distance races — the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

“This is a stronger group in distance,” White said, again reiterating that the team is young, but that distance races are definitely their forte.

White said that, right now, he’s still learning how the team responds to training and what race fits each athlete the best.

There is one more meet until the Colorado invitationals begin. The next track meet is the B&B Aztec Invitational this Friday and Saturday in Aztec, N.M.

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