Elizabeth runs, jumps to solid finishes
Kiowa, Simla struggle at separate meet
Elizabeth’s Brody Oliver and Kim Peterson both had pretty good days at the Poudre Invitational track meet in Fort Collins. Each came away with an individual title in the 15-team meet as both the boys and girls teams placed in the top half of the field.
Oliver won the long jump with a leap of 21-feet, 4 ½ inches while Peterson came through to win the pole vault with a 10-foot-6 inch vault to pace the girls. The Elizabeth boys also won the 4x200 relay with a time of 1 minute, 29.83 seconds.
Host Poudre won the boys team title at the April 5 meet with 96 points, one ahead of Valor Christian, who scored 95. Broomfield, 87 points, was third, followed by Fort Collins, 76, and Elizabeth in fifth at 51.
On the girls side, Fort Collins captured the team championship with 152 points, followed by Poudre, 103, George Washington, 70, Broomfield, 56 and Thompson Valley, 44. Elizabeth was next, finishing in sixth place with 37 points.
Elizabeth’s Gav Houston tied for second in the pole vault with Pomona’s Nate O’Neil as both registered 12-foot, 6-inches, trailing Jake Martinez of Thompson Valley, who was the winner with a vault of 14-0.
Also placing for the Cardinal boys was: Joel Theis, third in the 200 meters (22.77); Jake Thompson, fourth in the 400 meters (51.47); Ryan White, sixth in the 100 meters (11.62); and Harrison Mills, sixth in the pole vault (10-4).
Austin Tingler and Dallas Reins both just missed medals in the discus as Tingler was seventh (126 feet, 7 inches) and Reins, eighth with a throw of 126-2. Brandon Beshore and Tyler Curtis tied for ninth in the high jump with 5-4 efforts.
The boys also placed second in the 400-meter relay with a time of 43.35 seconds, .58 seconds behind Valor Christian. The Cardinals also placed sixth in both the 1,600 relay (3:36.38), and the 3,200 relay (9:55.41).
Tegan Alexander and Cori Small were the only Elizabeth girls beside Peterson to earn individual medals. Alexander finished fourth in the 200 (26.47) and fifth in the 100 (12.84). Small, meanwhile, placed sixth in the 1,600 (5:48.23). The only other top-10 finish of the day for the girls was by Nicole Hurt, who took 10 in the triple jump with a 31-foot, 6-inch series of jumps.
The 800-relay team placed third for the girls with a time of 1:50.62. The Cardinals foursomes also place forth in the Sprint Medley (2:02.61), fifth in the 400-relay (52.11) and sixth in the 3,200-relay (11:43.22).
Warren Mitchell Invitational
It wasn’t a bad day for the Kiowa boys track team at the Warren Mitchell Invitational April 5 in Limon. However, the same can’t be said for the Kiowa girls or the Simla boys and girls.
The Kiowa boys placed fifth with 49 points following meet champion Lutheran (99), Strasburg (87), Springfield (59) and Limon (53). The Kiowa girls, however, placed 16 (16 points), in the meet won by Swink with 73. Hoehne placed second (72), Crowley County (54), Strasburg (53) and Limon (47) to round out the top five.
The Simla boys only scored 10 points to finish in 21 while the girls only had one point for 28.
Marcus Anthony was the only winner for Kiowa as he took home the blue ribbon in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.17 seconds. His lean at the finish was just good enough to nip Strasburg’s Trevor Lyons, who clocked 43.43.
Kiowa’s Cody Norris placed fourth in the triple jump with a 38-foot-3 effort. The Indians’ Ryan Willis placed fourth in the 110-hurdles (17.69), just nipping teammate Connor Wills (17.74). Jack Thomas was sixth in the 200 (24.31), Bobby Hundly placed sixth in the discus (127-5) and Wyatt McNight was seventh in the 400 meters (56.89). Simla’s Kyler Hamacher took ninth in the 400 (57.29) to round out the top individual efforts by the boys.
Simla’s 400-relay team finished fourth with a time of 47.62, just good enough to edge Kiowa (47.77). The Kiowa boys bounced back in the 800 relay with a second-place finish (1:36.67) behind Strasburg’s winning 1:36.58. The Indians relay foursomes would also place sixth in the 3,200 relay (9:35.3) and seventh in the 1,600 relay (3:54.19).
Kiowa’s Julie Smith and Tabitha Miner were the only individuals to score for the Indians as they finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100-hurdles. Smith was timed in 17.91 seconds and Miner in 18.15. Miner also finished seventh in the 300 hurdles in a time of 54.11.
The Kiowa girls had a fine effort in the Sprint Medley Relay where they finished third with a time of 2:02.85. The event was won by Swink (1:57.47) with Springfield in second (2:01.22). The Kiowa girls took seventh in the 800-relay (1:59.87) which also turned out to be the only event the Simla girls would score in with a time of 2:00.20, good enough for eighth.