Pagposa Pirate track athletes attended their first two-day meet last Friday and Saturday in Aztec.Though the meet was held in New Mexico, Colorado officials were present, making it an official qualifying meet for the state.
Head coach Connie O’Donnell said in a phone interview with The SUN that the meet went really well. The girls team placed third overall, out of 10 schools, and the boys team placed fifth overall out of 11 schools.
The athletes dealt with mixed weather last weekend. Friday was beautiful and warm; Saturday was a blowing dust storm with high winds all day.
The Pirates competed over the two days in both preliminary and final rounds of their events. Final results are listed below.
The Lady Pirates results are as follows:
• 200 meter dash — Taylor Strohecker took sixth overall with a time of 30.96. Strohecker usually does not compete in the event, however, since the meet was two days, she entered and did very well.
• 300 meter hurdles — Taylor Lee-Hammer came in ninth at 52.04.
• 400 meter dash — Maddie Lewis ran a personal best during the event, capturing first place at 1:02.46. Lewis’s time in the event makes her an athlete to watch during the state competition later this month.
O’Donnell said Lewis “had a really good attitude about the blowing dirt,” saying she was going to run really hard when the wind was at her back.
“She had this whole story [about how she was going to compete] that I really appreciated,”O’Donnell said.
• 1,600 meter run — Emily Bryant captured first place at 5:42.74; Jordyn Martinez came in 12th at 6:48.82; Alexa Alexander finished 13th at 6:50.94.
• 3,200 meter run — Bryant again dominated the competition, placing first at 12:45.49.
O’Donnell said Bryant won both distance events “pretty easily.” They were hoping for more competition from Bayfield, however, Bayfield’s top distance runner was unable to attend.
• 4 x 100 meter relay — Pagosa’s team of McKayla Miller, Remy Oney, Payton Shahan and Strohecker took fourth place with a time of 55.58.
• 4 x 200 meter relay — Pirates Taylor Jones, Lee-Hammer, Shahan and Strohecker took fourth at 1:56.95.
• 4 x 400 meter relay — The team of Jones, Lee-Hammer, Lewis and Oney sprinted into first place at 4:35.34, almost a full three seconds ahead of the competition.
• 4 x 800 meter relay — Pirates Jones, Lee-Hammer, Shahan and Strohecker dominated, taking first place at 10:53.84, this time almost a full minute ahead of the competition.
O’Donnell said she moved athletes around to different relay teams during the meet, trying to figure out which relays to enter during the state competition. Right now the top two contenders are the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800.
• 1,600 sprint medley — The team of Andie Miller, McKayla Miller, Sydney Mogensen and Nicole Jurcak took fourth at 5:25.79.
• High jump — Strohecker came in third at 5-00. Jurcak came in eighth at 4-04 and Jones came in 10th at 4-02.
O’Donnell said Strohecker did not jump her best during the meet. But, O’Donnell added, Strohecker does not like to be beat and O’Donnell believes Strohecker will use her jump this weekend as motivation to dominate next Saturday during the Pirates’ home meet.
• Long jump — Strohecker placed seventh at 14-06.75, Shahan came in 10th at 14-00.25, Oney was 13th at 13-08.50, Mogensen was 19th at 12-06.50 and Andie Miller was 22nd at 12-04.50.
• Triple jump — Three Lady Pirates placed in the event with Shahan capturing second place at 31-04.75, Lee-Hammer placing fifth at 30-00.50 and Jones placing sixth at 29-10.00.
• Shot put — Morgan Schaaf placed fifth at 29-04.50.
• Discus throw — Schaaf took fourth in the event at 94-06.
• 400 meter dash — Pirates did very well in the event. Tate Drane took second at 53.38, Nick Hutcherson took fourth at 54.07 and Tyler Greenly took sixth at 55.69.
Commenting on the event, O’Donnell said that having so many guys place was “pretty impressive.”
• 1,600 meter run — Jacob Hughes placed seventh at 5:23.81.
O’Donnell said this was one of Hughes first individual placements of year, and he “had such a great attitude [even though] he was really hurting from shin splints.”
O’Donnell said Hughes continues to improve so much every week, adding, “I love to see that.”
• 110 meter hurdles — David McRee ran the event for the first time in over a month and did well, placing seventh at 19.37.
• 4 x 100 meter relay — Pirate team of Tyler Cowan, Mason Chronowski, Jeremiah Miller and John Parsons took fifth place at 48.21.
• 4 x 200 meter relay — Cowan, Chronowski, Jeremiah Miller and Parsons raced together again, taking seventh at 1:41.10.
• 4 x 400 meter relay — Pirates Mathew Breman, Drane, Greenly and McRee captured second place with a time of 3:49.27.
• 4 x 800 meter relay — Cowan, Chronowski, Jeremiah Miller and Parsons flew into first place at 8:42.40.
Boys will be focusing on both the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 meter relays in the coming weeks to prepare for state.
• 1,600 sprint medley — Cowan, Hughes, Ben Miller and Jeremiah Miller took fifth at 4:25.07.
• High jump — Chronowski took first at 6-00, McRee tied for eighth at 5-06 and Ben Miller tied for 11th at 5-04.
• Long jump — Breman came in ninth at 17-09.25, Jeremiah Miller was 10th at 17-09.00, Chronowski was 11th at 17-06.00 and Cowan was 19th at 15-09.50.
• Triple jump — Chronowski took third at 39-07 with Breman placing fifth at 38-03.
• Shot put — Creede Wylie has claimed this as his event, coming in first at 45-07. Parson took 13th at 35-11.
• Discus throw — Wylie dominated in first place at 140-06.50, far outdistancing his second place competitor’s throw of 137-04. Parsons also did well coming in 10th at 103-11.
O’Donnell said that Chronowski’s and Wylie’s performances during the meet were instrumental in securing an overall placement of fifth for the boys team at the meet.
As state competition approaches, with only two meets between now and then, Pirates will begin training for just a few select personal events during practice.
O’Donnell offered some reflections on the season so far, saying it has been really fun and enjoyable coaching the team.
O’Donnell had stopped coaching track four years ago while she pursued her master’s degree, saying to do both, and have a family, had been too overwhelming. Now that she has returned to the track, she has found working with the team to be a really good, positive release after school.
The Pirates will host the Terry Alley Invitational, which is their next track meet, this Saturday. The meet will begin Saturday, May 3, at 9 a.m. at the high school track and field. Come cheer athletes on in the their last meet before their league and state competitions.