|Smith, Duester are state qualifiers in 400 meter dash|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
After competing at the Yuma Early Qualifier track meet on Tuesday, April 21, Marissa Smith and Heather Duester joined Kyle Carper on the list of Dragon athletes headed to the state meet.
Both girls qualified in the 400 meter dash with Smith running the race in 1:00.68 for a second place finish and Duester coming in third at 1:00.89.
In the triple jump competition, Carper broke the meet record and again had a state qualifying jump landing him first place honors. He also claimed first in the 400 meter dash and second in the 200 meter dash.
Breaking a meet record, the girls’ 4x200 meter relay team of Duester, Mallory Bennett, Marci Vasa and Smith earned a gold medal at Tuesday’s competition. The same team finished second in the 4x100 meter relay.
First place was also claimed by long-distance runner Jeremy Loutensock in the 1600 meter run.
Coach Sandra Rahe noted the tracksters are getting more consistent in performance, especially with the weather conditions. “Athletes and coaches have a better picture of where they are and what they need to do to improve or even qualify for state,” she said.
With three Dragons already headed to state, Rahe said much of the training and planning for meets will be to have as many athletes as possible to qualify for the state competition in Pueblo May 15-16.
Rahe said she hopes to have at least two girls relays qualify for state, and there is a good chance for Loutensock to qualify in the mile as well as Patricia Adams and Phawn Carper in shot put.
“We have a very competitive region, but the top three placers at regionals do get to go on to state even if they don’t hit the qualifying time/distance,” explained Rahe.
She said the team has been lucky to have no athletes with major injuries. “They are taking care of their bodies, staying healthy and eating right!”
Both teams placed in the top five at Yuma’s meet. Finishing with 70 points, the girls earned fifth place. Team scores in order of ranking included Wray with 137 points, Akron 112, Yuma 110.5, Valley 109.5, Holyoke 70, Merino 49, Fleming 36, Sedgwick County 33.5, Idalia 33, Peetz 26, Sterling 16, Haxtun 14, Otis 11.5 and Lone Star 3.
The boys earned 61.75 points and finished fourth in the meet. Other team scores in order of placing included Yuma with 114.5 points, Wray 104, Merino 72.5, Holyoke 61.75, Sterling 61, Sedgwick County 56, Peetz 48.75, Akron 38, Hi-Plains 37, Valley 35, Idalia 34, Otis 31, Caliche 21.5, Haxtun 20 and Fleming 1.
100 meter dash—Smith, fourth, :13.29; Duester, fifth, :13.48.
400 meter dash—Smith, second, 1:00.68; Duester, third, 1:00.89.
1600 meter run—Becca Brandt, fourth, 6:35.58.
100 meter hurdles—Shelby Beavers, fifth, :19.16.
300 meter hurdles—Shelby Beavers, seventh, :55.57.
4x100 meter relay—Duester, Bennett, Vasa and Smith, second, :52.69.
4x110 yard relay throwers—Ella Stewart, Emma Adams, Patricia Adams and Phawn Carper, fourth, 1:02.38.
4x200 meter relay—Duester, Bennett, Vasa and Smith, first, 1:51.57.
4x800 meter relay—Kaylee Groshans, Stephanie Ramirez, Carolina Hermosillo and Brandt, fifth, 12:52.60.
High jump—Bennett, sixth, 4’ 4”; Carper, eighth, 4’ 2”.
Triple jump—Vasa and Groshans, tie for sixth, 30’ 7.5”.
200 meter dash—Carper, second, :23.58.
400 meter dash—Carper, first, :52.57.
800 meter run—Loutensock, fourth, 2:16.18.
1600 meter run—Loutensock, first, 5:02.50.
110 meter hurdles—Alex Quintana, sixth, :18.66.
300 meter hurdles—Quintana, fourth, :44.92.
4x200 meter relay—Taylor Haidle, Jose Goytia, Quintana and Brandon Oosthuysen, fifth, 1:40.71.
High jump—Oosthuysen, tie for fifth, 5’ 2”.
Long jump—Oosthuysen, sixth, 18’ 10”.
Triple jump—Carper, first, 42’ 5.75”.
Dragon tracksters also competed at the Northeast Colorado Classic in Sterling on Friday, April 24 as well as at a Yuma meet on Tuesday, April 28. Results will be printed in next week’s Enterprise.
The team is gearing up for the league track meet scheduled for Saturday, May 2 in Sterling. Starting time for event competition is 9 a.m.