Mancos, Dolores compete at Monticello; Dove Creek visit Montrose
With the San Juan Basin League 2A/1A matchup on the horizon, the trio of local teams went their separate ways to secure an additional tryout ahead of the league championships on May 5 in Ignacio.
Mancos and Dolores ventured to the Blue Mountain Invitational at Monticello on April 29, while Dove Creek took big ground at Montrose in their pre-league tune-up.
Against a field of mostly Utah schools, the Colorado contingent held their own, as the Bluejays and Bears notched a number of top-five performances during the competition.
The Mancos girls displayed strong efforts in the sprints and distance events, as rookie Adaline Kearns took third place in the 800 meters (2:44), while junior Madilynn Ritter matched the feat with a bronze medal in the 3200 (14:26).
Junior Shelby Jabour was fifth in the 100 meters (14.69) and helped the Lady Jays to fourth place in the 4×100 meters relay (1:00.25).
For the Mancos boys, second Braxton Dennison provided a pair of top-five finishes, finishing third in the 1,600 (5:41) and fifth in the 800 (2:36). Teammate Edgar Hernandez won both events (4:51 and 2:06, respectively) to help the Bluejays win two of the day’s five individual titles.
Senior Connor Showalter topped both throwing events (50ft, 1in shot put and 128ft, 4in discus), while Mason Goodwin topped the field in the high jump (5ft, 10in) .
Cole Dainty-Guilfoyle added third-place finishes in three separate events, the long jump (19ft, 11in), discus (100ft, 10in) and shot put (40ft, 11in). The Bluejays also added a 4×100 relay effort of 49.19 seconds, good for fourth place overall.
Dolores’ women’s team put together their own collection of best performances over the weekend, led by Akima Edwards’ victory in the long jump (15ft, 1½in). Edwards was also second in the 100 meters (14.74) and 200 meters (29.69).
Maya Lowe took third in the 400 meters (1:11.99) while Elia Lowe raced to second in the 1,600 meters (7:04) and fourth in the 800 meters (2:55). Siena Parr earned a fourth-place finish over 3,200 yards (15:14) to round out the Lady Bears top five.
A small contingent competed for the men’s team, with Dylan Rantz leading the Bears in the 200 yards with an eighth-place finish (27.84).
As the championship portion of the schedule continues for Mancos and Dolores, the 2A State Athletics Championships await, which will be held May 19-21 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. In 2A, the top 18 individual and relay athletes from each event will qualify for the competition, based on performance in the competitions during the season.
Dove Creek takes big land in Montrose
In one of the biggest fields they’ll see all season, the Bulldogs prepared for the San Juan Basin League meeting with a wide collection of season-best performances at the Montrose Invitational on April 29.
Overall, the Lady Bulldogs put up quality times on the track, with junior Trista Barnett leading the 200 meters (28.68), 100 hurdles (19.23) and 300 hurdles (52.02). ), with all three being the best of the season. efforts.
Classmate Rylee Hickman had similar success, falling below 14 seconds in the 100 meters (13.97) and adding almost half a foot to her best long jump effort (14 feet, 6½ inches). . Rookie Ralynn Hickman set a new record in the 100 meters (14.45), while teaming up in the 4×100 meters relay to post a mark of 55.87.
Tara Glover added the best individual result of the field – seventh place – with a throw of 32 feet in the shot put.
The boys sprinters also did well for Dove Creek. Senior Chorbin Cressler posted the state’s fastest 1A ranking time so far this year, running the 100 meters in 11.54, though the effort is officially considered “wind-assisted,” meaning it won’t officially move him into the top spot in the state.
Junior Quaden Huffaker also dipped below 12 seconds for the first time, running the 100 in 11.93, also officially wind-assisted, but proving that Huffaker will likely be in the mix for one of the individual spots in the event for state championships.
The Dove Creek 4×100 Relay has officially slipped in the state standings, now sitting in third place in the state, thanks to a time of 46.07, and its best placement in the Montrose Invite, taking third place overall . Their debut in the 4×400-meter season, meanwhile, provided a mark (3:48) that could land another state qualifier.
Junior Kade Hankins became the third athlete in the standings to go under 17 seconds in the 110 hurdles, with a mark of 16.90 seconds.
The Dove Creek Track teams will join Mancos and Dolores, along with the rest of the SJBL for a full day of competition at Ignacio on Thursday, May 5, to crown the top track team in the league. Mancos is looking to defend their league title on the boys’ side, while the girls’ court will be looking to topple defending champion Telluride.