Track season update

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photo by Sheena Darland Mustang wrestler Walker Howell dominates his opponent in the championship match in Craig. Howell placed first in both of his brackets and is a third grader at West Grand.
photo by Sheena Darland Mustang wrestler Walker Howell dominates his opponent in the championship match in Craig. Howell placed first in both of his brackets and is a third grader at West Grand.

by Chris Brown, coach

Last Saturday, the Mustang tracksters headed to Glenwood Springs for their most competitive meet of the season the mostly 4A meet, the Demon. Of the 21 teams there the girls placed 4th and the boys 15th. Due to concerns with the predicted weather on Friday they opted out of the pole vault event which is usually a top scored for both groups.

Saturday saw a cold, breeze start with 2 inches of snow on the ground. Highlights for the girls was a season best from Sydney Ritschard in the 200 taking 3rd at 27.95. Emma DeSanti jumped 4’7″ good for 4th. Three relays placed for the girls. The 4X100 was 4th, the 4X200 was 6th and the 4X100 throwers relay was 3rd.

On the boys side the highlight of the meet involved two different relays. First the throwers relay won the event and the coveted free pizza. Sharing in the running and eating were Travis Barnes, Austin Stauffer, Marcos Ramirez, and Cameron Wood. The final exciting event was the meets last event , the 4X400 relay. This event has been a top priority for the coaching staff for some time with little success. This year seven boys have accepted the challenge and have taken pride in their effort. The Mustangs were the lowest seed in the fast heat with the likes of the host school, Grand Junction, Fruita, and the rest. The group of Hugh Wheatley, Rene Dominguez, Jordan Knight, and Josh O’Hotto responded with a season best 3:38.88 good for 4th. This put the team currently 5th in the state in this event. It was an 8 second improvement with Jordan leading the way with a 53.45 split.

Rounding out the scoring for the boys was the 6th place effort from both the 4X100 and 4X200 relays and a 6th place from Marcos Ramirez in the shot at 39-10.

Tuesday the team went to Edwards for the Battle Mountain Huskie meet. It turned into a long trip for lunch as a storm hit hard before the meet started and the coaches decided to pack up and forgo battling the elements. The meet did make it past halfway before everyone else had enough fun for one day.

This week will see the team head to Silt for the Coal Ridge HS meet on Friday, weather permitting. Then a small group of tracksters plan to attend the Randal Hess Invite in Johnstown on Saturday to hopefully improve their marks in the state ranking lists. The season is now over halfway through with only a few chances left before the state meet in a month.

The Lil’ Mustang peewee wrestling took second out of 25 teams at the meet in Craig last Saturday.

Those placing individually were: 1st – Grayson Kassib, 3rd – Ashton Lockhart, 1st and 1st (double bracketed) Caleb Klotz, 1st – Silas Hastings, 2nd – Konnor Wofford, 1st and 2nd (double bracketed) Taylor Luttrell, 1st and 1st (double bracketed) Walker Howell, 2nd and 2nd (double bracketed) Landon Lockhart, 1st and 3rd (double bracketed) Blake Terryberry, 2nd – Joseph Probst, 2nd – Joseph Torres, 3rd – Ryan van Oosten, 3rd – Chris Wellington. Other competing wrestlers were Wyatt Smith, Caden Castillo, Rylie Mahon, Heaven Valen, Rubin Hatcher and Hunter Horn. • This Saturday, the wrestlers will travel to Hayden to compete.

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