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Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

Holyoke’s track and field athletes hit stride last week as many Dragons placed at the Bill Kalb Invitational in Yuma Thursday, April 25 and at the Dick Evans Invitational in Wray Saturday, April 27.

At the Yuma meet, the girls finished in 20th while the boys secured a 12th-place finish out of 23 teams in attendance.

Despite many athletes having to leave early to prepare for Prom Saturday, the boys bested every other team for a first-place finish while the ladies ended the day in seventh place at the Wray meet.

Dragon jumpers performed admirably as four boys and two girls earned a top-eight finish in Wray.

With weather finally cooperating with the spring sports schedule, coach Luke Thomas said the team has been able to work on the little things that have been overlooked due to practicing in the gym. Runners have been able to practice starts and jumpers have been able to get in pit time at the track.

“It makes a world of difference being able to work outside,” Thomas said.

Thomas noted that with just a few meets left to qualify for state, athletes need to push themselves and continue to work hard if they want to compete at state May 16-18.


Andrew Kent leaps a hurdle on his way to a fourth-place finish in the
300-meter hurdle event during the Bill Kalb Invitational at Yuma Thursday, April 25.  

—Enterprise photo

Boys’ results at Yuma

400-meter dash—Ryan Parker, third, :55.98.

300-meter hurdles—Andrew Kent, fourth, :48.03.

4x100-meter relay—Kent, Javy Rojo, Marques Harvey and T.J. Gertner, fifth, :50.07.

4x400-meter relay—Troy Brown, Xander Nelson, Harvey and Jesus Martinez, seventh, 4:30.14.

4x800-meter relay—Eric Rojo, Jacob Vasa, Matt Golden and Parker, fifth, 9:28.00.

Javelin throw—Chris Pell, seventh, 85’01”.


Girls’ results at Yuma

100-meter dash—Jacinda Krueger, sixth, :13.72.

3200-meter run—Malena McWilliams, seventh, 16:31.89.


Daniel Bencomo puts some muscle behind a toss in the shot put event
at the Wray meet. Bencomo went on to earn a fifth-place finish in the event.  

—Enterprise photo

Boys’ results at Wray

100-meter dash—Gertner, seventh, :12.73; and Kent, eighth, :12.74.

400-meter dash—Parker, fifth, :57.54.

1600-meter run—Eric Rojo, second, 5:25.54; Matt Golden, third, 5:25.76; and Morgan Golden, sixth, 5:46.92.

3200-meter run—Morgan Golden, second, 12:38.68; and A.J. Brandt, fifth, 16:53.39.

110-meter hurdles—Carlos Diaz, second, 18.41.

300-meter hurdles—Javy Rojo, third, :53.15; and Luke Stewart, fourth, :55.12.

4x100-meter relay—Diaz, Gertner, Kent and Javy Rojo, third, :48.65.

4x200-meter relay—Edgar Cruz, Diaz, Gertner and Kent, first, 1:40.29.

4x800-meter relay—Cruz, Matt Golden, Parker and Vasa, second, 9:43.36.

Long jump—Diaz, first, 18’09.00”; and Gertner, second, 18’04.50”.

Triple jump—Parker, sixth, 33’10.50; and Vasa, seventh, 33’02.50”.

Shot put—Daniel Bencomo, fifth, 37’11.50”.

Discus throw—Bencomo, fourth, 118’06.50”.


Girls’ results at Wray

100-meter dash—Krueger, fifth, :13.70

1600-meter run—Rosa Ochoa, sixth, 6:41.57; Malena McWilliams, seventh, 7:13.80; and Dani Brandt, eighth, 7:24.38.

3200-meter run—Brandt, fifth, 16:56.50.

100-meter hurdles—Roni Beavers, seventh, :20.55.

4x100-meter relay—Zuri Lopez, Megan Parker, Beavers and Adi Bencomo, seventh, :58.78.

4x200-meter relay—Parker, Lori McWilliams, Peyton Dittmer and Cierra Prelle, seventh, 2:06.73.

4x800-meter relay—Ochoa, Brittney Prottsman, Lori McWilliams and Prelle, second, 12:47.76.

800-meter sprint medley—Lindsay Helgoth, Krueger, Prelle and Bencomo, second, 2:08.53.

High jump—Helgoth, second, 4’06.00”.

Triple jump—Krueger, fourth, 31’00”.


Malena McWilliams strides down the track as she earned a seventh-place
finish in the 1600-meter run at the Dick Evans Invitational in Wray Saturday, April 27.  

—Enterprise photo

Upcoming action

Holyoke was scheduled to compete in Yuma Tuesday, April 30. Results will be in next week’s Enterprise.

The Dragons will head to Longmont for the St. Vrain Invitational Friday, May 3.

St. Vrain is a pre-state meet that will showcase some of the best athletes in 2A and 3A. Thomas noted that it will be a good preview of what to expect at state.

HHS will be in Burlington for a meet Saturday, May 4.

Holyoke Enterprise May 2, 2013