by Track Coach Chris Brown
The Mustang track team competed in the three day Western Slope League (WSL)track meet in Grand Junction. Both the teams came away with 4th place finishes in the 13 school league. Cedaredge easily won the boys title while Paonia repeated on the girls side.
The Mustangs had three WSL Champions, Sydney Ritschard won the 200 in a personal record of 26.80 while Ralin Corrales won the pole vault with a 9-4 jump and Hugh Wheatley vaulted 11-4 to win his event. The girls 4×100 relay team also won with a time of 52.18. That team was Juliana Jiminez, Emma DeSanti, Corrales, and Ritschard.
On the girls’ side they scored 76 points. Individual scoring included Sydney being second in the 100 [12.92], Emma 2nd in the high jump [4-9] and 6th in the 400 [66.24], Juliana 5th in the long jump [13-8], Ralin adding a 5th in the 100 [13.47], Hailey McNichols 7th in both the shot [30-9] and discus [103-5], and Joy Hast with hugh prs and 8th places in the 1600 [6:10] and 3200 [13:47]. The remaining relays placed 4th in the 4×200 and 4×800 and 7th in the 4×400. Scoring for the boys with 61 points included Gabe DeMattos 4th in the pole vault [10-10] and 6th in the triple jump [37-1], Josh O’Hotto 3rd in the 300 hurdles 44.21 and 4th in the 110 high hurdles [17.76], Jordan Knight 4th in the 200 [25.02], Jose Rosa 6th in the 200 [25.98], Marcos Ramirez 5th in the discus [128-7] and 7th in the shot [39-3], Austin Stauffer 8th in the shot [38-7], and Omar Dominguez 8th in the 100 [12.12]. The relays placed 4th in both the 4×100 and 4×200, 5th in the 4×400, and 7th in the 4×800.
The Mustangs host their home meet, the Joe Shields Invite on Thursday the 10th beginning at noon. This is the last meet before the state meet on May 17- 19 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The team expects to have over 40 athletes competing in this meet. At least 12 other teams will be in town for this final meet. This is the last chance to qualify for the state meet or attempt to improve one’s individual marks. This has been a very successful season and the Mustangs hope to finish strong. Good luck to these fine athletes.