Englewood boys first at Windjammer

Boys take top honors, girls finish fifth in track meet team standings

Tom Munds
Englewood's Nick Bersagal takes his turn in the April 5 triple jump at the Windjammer Invitational Track Meet. Bersagal won the event and helped his team win the team title at the meet.
Tom Munds
Sophia Vamvakaias warms up for the discus competition April 5 during the Windjammer Invitational Track Meet. She finished 10th in the event with a throw of 52 feet, 10 inches.

Englewood scored points in sprints, relays, distance races and field events, and the boys won the team title as they hosted the April 5 Windjammer Invitational Track Meet.

“We don't have a lot of guys but we do have good athletes on the team,” Pirates coach Jay Graves said. “We are a pretty balanced team with guys who can score points for us in just about all the events.”

He added that the roster for the girls team is very small.

“We have girls who do score points for us but we can't cover all events,” he said. “Four girls who play soccer run with us when they can. When we have them, our relays are pretty good.”

Englewood travels to Thomas Jefferson April 11 to take part in the Twilight Invitational meet. The Pirates are home again April 25 as they host the Shipwreck Invitational meet.

The April 5 meet was the first time Shawna Eldridge competed in high jump.

“The coach asked me to try it and, since I am all about doing new things, I agreed to do it,” she said. “I practice a lot to learn the techniques of the approach and gathering myself to try to clear the bar. I'm doing better but I am still working to be able to go over the bar as they move it higher.”

She smiled and said the high jump gives her a break from running.

“I still run two events, the 800-meter and the 1,600-meter runs,” she said. “I like the 1,600-meter run because you have more time to pick up the pace and pass people.”

Eldridge also runs cross country but she said her favorite sport is swimming.

“I guess I like swimming best because I am sort of a water bug,” she said.

Later in the meet, senior Nate Medina helped the Pirates win the 200-meter relay.

“I run track to stay in good shape,” he said. “I like all the events but I like the 200 relay the best. It is a fun event and it is all about the team thing.”

Medina stays active. He played football and was on the golf team in the fall season, wrestled in the winter season and now is running track.

“I like to stay active and busy but golf is my favorite sport,” he said.

He added that he intends to attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall.

“My freshman year, I will focus on my studies and getting used to college life,” he said. “Right now, if the freshman year goes well, I would like to try to walk on and make the UNC golf team when I am a sophomore.”