|Tracksters nab four first-place finishes in Yuma|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Holyoke High School’s track and field team continues to improve as a number of boys and girls placed in the top eight to earn points for the Dragon squad at the Thursday, March 28 meet in Yuma.
The boys scored 106 points to finish in third out of 12 teams while the girls picked up 73 points for a fourth-place finish out of 10 teams.
“I think they are progressing in the right direction,” coach Luke Thomas said of his team. “We are really starting to see the kids develop and they are starting to get focused on certain events with certain goals in mind. They have just been working really hard.”
The Dragons battled muddy, wet, track conditions to finish in the top three 12 times throughout the day.
Jacinda Krueger and T.J. Gertner led the pack, picking up first-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump, respectively. Andrew Kent, Edgar Cruz, Marques Harvey and Javy Rojo scored a first-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay and Jacob Vasa, Eric Rojo, Matt Golden and Ryan Parker also finished in the top spot in the 4x800 meter relay.
Jacinda Krueger clears the last hurdle in her first-place
100-meter dash—T.J. Gertner, fourth, :12.47.
200-meter dash—Gertner, third, :25.97; and Andrew Kent, fifth, :26.52.
400-meter dash—Edgar Cruz, fifth, :58.86.
800-meter run—Ryan Parker, fourth, 2:15.43.
1600-meter run—Eric Rojo, seventh, 5:46.07.
300-meter hurdles—Kent, third, :48.57; Javy Rojo, fifth, 51.54; and Luke Stewart, sixth, :58.35.
4x100 meter relay—Kent, Cruz, Marques Harvey and Javy Rojo, first, :50.88.
4x200 meter relay—Carlos Diaz, Kent, Parker and Gertner, second, 1:41.51.
4x400 meter relay—Jesus Martinez, Xander Nelson, Eric Rojo and Matt Golden, third, 4:38.29.
4x800 meter relay—Jacob Vasa, Eric Rojo, Golden and Parker, first, 9:32.90.
Long jump—Gertner, first, 17’8”; Diaz, second, 17’5”; Javy Rojo, fourth, 16’0.25”; and Harvey, eighth, 14”7.75”.
Triple jump—Diaz, seventh, 35’9.75”; and Parker, eighth, 35’9.25”.
Shot put—Daniel Bencomo, seventh, 36’3.5”.
Discus—Bencomo, sixth, 100’4”; and Golden, eighth, 95’2”.
4x100 meter throwers relay—Bencomo, Fernando Rojo, Cody Lamm and José Jaquez, third, :58.37.
Ryan Parker flies through the air during the long jump
100-meter dash—Krueger, second, :13.76.
400-meter dash—Cierra Prelle, fourth, 1:10.64; and Dani Brandt, eighth, 1:16.29.
800-meter run—Anastasia Conklin, seventh, 3:28.72; and Malena McWilliams, eighth, 3:31.19.
1600-meter run—Rosa Ochoa, seventh, 6:41.98.
3200-meter run—Brittney Prottsman, fourth, 16:07.60.
100-meter hurdles—Roni Beavers, seventh, :20.99.
300-meter hurdles—Krueger, first, :53.24; and Beavers, fifth, 1:00.36.
4x100 meter relay—Zuri Lopez, Megan Parker, Adi Bencomo and Peyton Dittmer, sixth, :59.24.
4x200 meter relay—Lindsay Helgoth, Parker, Bianca Rodriguez and Lopez, fifth, 2:07.44.
4x400 meter relay—Beavers, Rodriguez, Conklin and Prelle, fifth, 5:19.61.
4x800 meter relay—Brandt, Conklin, McWilliams and Monica Montes, fourth, 12:47.76.
800-meter sprint medley—Lopez, Krueger, Prelle and Ochoa, fourth, 2:10.88.
High jump—Helgoth, third, 4’6”.
Triple jump—Krueger, fourth, 30’7.5”.
Lindsay Helgoth picked up a third-place finish in
The Dragons will head back to Yuma Tuesday, April 9 for their third meet of the season.
With the season just starting, the 12-day break between competitions the team now faces is a bit of a double-edged sword. Thomas noted that it is somewhat of an obstacle to take time off right as the team begins to get into the routine of the season, but it also allows time to rest and to let the muscles heal.
Holyoke Enterprise April 4, 2013