|Dragons prepare for second half of season|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Holyoke tracksters made their way to Akron Saturday, April 20 to compete in the Akron Invitational. Out of 26 teams, the boys placed seventh and the girls finished in 20th.
“It was a good meet,” coach Luke Thomas said. “It was almost a little strange to be running outside in the sun in 50-degree weather.”
It has been a tough year so far for the HHS track and field team. They have been hindered by weather, forcing a number of postponements of meets and being forced inside for practices, but many Dragons continue to post personal records as they strive for state-qualifying times, distances and heights.
“It is nice to see personal records when we have been limited by the weather and the dirt track,” Thomas said.
Carlos Diaz soars through the air during the long jump event
With the majority of the 26 teams at the meet competing in 2A, the Dragons were able to see how they stack up with much of the class. The invitational helped many tracksters identify the competitiveness of teams and athletes they are likely to face if they should make it to the state meet in mid-May.
Boys’ relay teams had an exceptional day, placing in three events and earning 16 team points for the Dragons. The boys’ 4x200 meter relay team, made up of Edgar Cruz, Carlos Diaz, T.J. Gertner and Andrew Kent, put on a first-place performance for the day.
The girls’ sprint medley team, consisting of Lindsay Helgoth, Adi Bencomo, Jacinda Krueger and Cierra Prelle, was just short of cracking the top eight. Their time of 2:07.09 was less than a second slow of placing.
Daniel Bencomo was also just one spot off from placing in the top eight in the discus throw. His distance of 105’10.5” was just 4’7.5” short of the eighth-place finisher.
Currently two Dragons are in a position to qualify for the state meet. To qualify for state, an athlete must be in the top 18 in 2A for an event.
As of Monday, April 22, Diaz sits in 13th in the state in long jump and Krueger has posted a time good enough for a 12th-ranking in the girls’ 100-meter dash.
The boys’ 4x200 and 4x800 meter relay teams are just on the outside of the top 18 with a 22nd ranking and the boys’ 4x100 meter relay team is at 26th.
T.J. Gertner sprints toward the finish line during the
400-meter run—Cruz, sixth, :56.21; and Ryan Parker, seventh, :56.53.
800-meter run—Parker, fourth, 2:21.22.
4x800 meter relay—Diaz, Cruz, Kent and Gertner, seventh, :48.74.
4x200 meter relay—Cruz, Diaz, Gertner and Kent, first, 1:40.63.
4x800 meter relay—Jacob Vasa, Eric Rojo, Cruz and Parker, fifth, 9:52.19.
Long jump—Diaz, second, 19’0.5”; and Gertner, seventh, 17’11.5”.
100-meter dash—Krueger, fourth, :13.50.
400-meter run—Prelle, eighth, 1:09.25.
Cierra Prelle races down the track as
The Dragons will compete again Thursday, April 25 in Yuma. The meet was originally scheduled for April 9 but was postponed due to weather.
The team has opted out of the Northeast Colorado Classic Friday, April 26, but will head to the Wray Invitational Saturday, April 27.
Holyoke Enterprise April 25, 2013