Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pirate Tracksters Compete in Limon

By Will Bublitz

Competing in the Warren Mitchell Invitational at Limon last Saturday, April 6, the Genoa-Hugo track and field athletes turned in some excellent results.

“With 39 teams competing, this is the biggest meet that we go to during the entire season, except for the state meet,” Pirate Coach Will Mallory said. “We had all nine of our athletes there including our two baseball players Cody Hurtado and Jesse Sage. To earn a place in that big Limon meet is a pretty impressive achievement, but we did it.”

Pirate senior Jacob Piper led the team’s results with a second place in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches. The winning effort was 5 feet, 10 inches.

“Jacob’s results in the boys high jump are still a little below what he did last season, but he still has a ways to go yet,” Mallory said.

Piper also earned a third-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet, 2-1/2 inches, and a seventh place in the long jump with a season-best leap of 18 feet, 4-1/2 inches.

“Jacob is well on his way, especially in the triple jump,” Mallory said. “He still needs more work on his high jump.”

Genoa-Hugo sophomore Wyatt Vick earned a sixth place and a personal record in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 8-3/4 inches.

“It was so cool to see our two athletes wearing the Blue & Gold competing in the finals of the triple jump at the Warren Mitchell meet,” Mallory said. “That was quite an accomplishment for our triple jumpers.”

In addition, Vick earned a seventh-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Competing in the girls long jump, Pirate freshman Taryn Book earned a personal record with a distance of 12 feet, 8-1/2 inches. She also placed ninth in the javelin event with a throw of 55 feet, 9 inches.

Madaline Carr, another freshman, also earned a personal record in the long jump with 11 feet, 11 inches.

In the boys events, Pirate freshman Shawn Ashmore raced in the 400-meter run. His time of 1:22 was a personal record.

“That’s the fastest that Shawn has ever run that event in either practice or any other competition,” Mallory said. “That’s quite an accomplishment. Shawn also ran in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, but there were no official times because of the wind.”

Bryson Herbert, a sophomore, ran both the 400- and 1600-meter races. His 400-meter time of 1:11.59 was 1-1/2 seconds better than his previous best time at the Elbert meet. He also earned a personal best in the 1600-meter with a time of 6:46.4, which was 11 seconds faster than his results at Elbert.

Genoa-Hugo freshman Cody Hurtado earned a personal record in the discus with a throw of 71 feet, 1 inch. He also posted a 30-foot throw in the shot put.

Zach Bray, a senior, competed in the boys javelin event Saturday, but no official results are able to be posted due to an equipment failure.

Freshman Jesse Sage’s javelin results were also impacted by the equipment failure. In addition, he competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, but those results were unofficial because of wind conditions.

The Pirate tracksters will return to action this Saturday, April 13 for the Byers Invitational which will be held at Strasburg. Fifteen teams are expected to compete.

“Our athletes are working hard in practice this week,” Mallory said. “I’d really like to see more improvement in our high jump results at our next meet. It would be good if they could improve by at least an inch. I’d also like to see improvement in all the other events.”

Mallory is expressing his thanks to Charla Book for taking photographs at the team’s meets.
“The team and I really appreciate Charla for taking all those photos,” he said. “We really want to thank her for her efforts in support our team.”

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