Cardinals pile up points at track meet

Elizabeth girls finish seventh, boys 13th at TJ Twilight Invitational

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Elizabeth athletes matched their skills and brought home honors from the April 7 Thomas Jefferson Twilight Invitational Track meet held at Denver's All-City Stadium.

“Our team is exceptionally good this year,” Cardinals coach Colin Lyons said. “We have great mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. All our sprinters, distance runners, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers are contributing to our team's success. We are a well-rounded team, we are competing in 3A for the first time this year and we are excited about where the season can take.”

He said he has almost 100 athletes, about 60 boys and 40 girls.

“We are a well-rounded team, but I would guess our sprints and relays probably are the strongest aspect of the team, but the other areas are not far behind,” the first-year coach of both the boys and girls teams said. “I feel this could be a good year for our team and for many of our individuals.”

There were 26 teams at the invitational, which meant there were several hundred competitors joining several hundred spectators in the stands.

Elizabeth's boys finished 13th in the team standings with 19 points. Reece Ullery had the best finish for the Cardinals, as he was third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.86 seconds. Tyler Whitley finished fourth in the high jump and Brad George was fifth in the 100-meter dash.

The Cardinal girls finished seventh in the team standing with 35 points. Elizabeth did well in the high jump, with Lexye Wood finishing third and Megan Wesley finishing fourth. Wood also finished seventh in the triple jump.

Kallaway Wood was the only Cardinal to win an event, as she took first place in the long jump and she also finished second in the 100-meter dash.

“I am a sprinter because they are the most intense race in a track meet because you have to push your hustle to the maximum from the starting gun to the finish line,” the Elizabeth senior said. “The 200-meter dash is my favorite race because I line running on the curve of the track because I spring off of it.”

She said she started messing around doing the long jump and likes the event because it is very intense.

“I like track because of the intensity of the competition,” she said. “The side-by-side competition is the best part and it is so much fun.”

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