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Aaron Sierra is on his way to a third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in 2A state track competition. — The Holyoke enterprise | Johnson Publications

Boys score in double digits at state

    For the first time in seven years, the Dragon boys track team scored in double digits at the 2A state meet May 16-18 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
    Sophomore Aaron Sierra ran a personal best time of :42.03 in the 300-meter hurdles to place third, and junior Luis Chafino pole vaulted 13’3” to take fourth for the Dragons’ 13 points.
    Freshman Ethan Johnson and sophomore Joey Beckner placed 10th in the pole vault and discus, respectively, just one spot out of the medals.
    Coach Corey Koberstein said it’s not only been seven years since Holyoke boys have scored in double digits at the state meet, it’s been some time since so many have qualified at all.
    “That’s something to be proud of moving forward,” Koberstein added, and he looks forward to watching their progress next season.
    While Sierra hit several hurdles in the prelims, he made finals and showed his capabilities with his strong finish. He also competed in the 110-meter hurdle event.
    Chafino went into the pole vault event ranked third and really wanting a personal best. Koberstein said the top four could have been ranked in any order. The top three placewinners ahead of Chafino are all seniors, he added.
    Johnson’s 11’6” vault was a personal best and put him in a four-way tie for eighth. He fell to 10th based on number of misses in earlier heights. He competed well.

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