Track and field state qualifiers are pictured from left, front row, Aaron Sierra, Joey Beckner, Ethan Johnson, Michael Ramos, Luis Chafino, Kaison Kinnie and Miguel Soto; and back row, Lauren Herman, Emily Jelden, Emma Roll, Josie Herman, Taeryn Trumper, Kylie Purkeypile, Emali Torres and Correy Koellner. Not pictured are Jacky Mosqueda, Jessy Mosqueda and Chase Beckner. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications
Tracksters head to state
Dominated by field event success, Holyoke High School qualified 20 entries in the 2019 2A State Track & Field Championships Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
The qualifying results are final, and those ranking in the top 18 in the entire state in 2A track and field events have secured spots in the state meet.
“It’s been exciting to watch the kids really push themselves to try to qualify for state,” coach Corey Koberstein said.
All girls entries in top 6
Dragon girls qualified 11 entries (only entering 10), with seven of those in field events.
All 10 of the entries are ranked in the top six, marking an extra strong representation for the girls team.
In field events, junior Taeryn Trumper is back to defend her 2018 state long jump title and enters state with the No. 1 qualifying leap this season. She took second in the event as a freshman.
HHS has five entries in throwing events. Freshman Correy Koellner has the No. 1 shot put qualifying throw and No. 3 discus throw. Fellow freshman Lauren Herman has the third-best shot put mark and the sixth-best discus throw.
Sophomore Emali Torres rounds out the throwing qualifiers, ranked fifth in shot put. She is a return state participant, having thrown shot last year.
“There’s a lot of excitement, and a lot of pressure around the throwing team, with two freshmen and a sophomore,” Koberstein said.
Rounding out the field event qualifiers is junior Emily Jelden, who has the sixth-best qualifying mark in the pole vault. Jelden tied for fourth in the state pole vault event as a freshman and did not participate last year due to an injury.
In running events, Trumper qualified for both the 100-yard dash and the 200-meter dash, but will not be competing in the 200 in order to run in two relays at state.
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