|15 medals earned at 2A state track meet|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Despite fighting the cold, wind and rain, 15 state track medals were earned by Holyoke athletes during the 2011 Class 2A state track meet held at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21.
Dragon tacksters medaled in seven individual events and two relays.
Events were postponed late Thursday afternoon after lightning and rain forced athletes and spectators from the stands and track. After about an hour delay, meet officials decided to postpone activities until Friday.
Some rain fell from the skies Friday but the meet went on as scheduled allowing athletes to compete. The sun finally appeared Saturday for the final day of competition.
Heather Duester competes in the 400 meter run at the Class 2A state
Members of the Class 2A state runner-up 800 meter sprint medley
“The kids made every race exciting and I love it when they peak at the state meet and get their best times on that day,” coach Sandra Rahe said.
Four Holyoke seniors wrapped up their track careers by bringing home state medals. They include Marci Vasa, Mallory Bennett, Heather Duester and exchange student Trixi Presich.
Vasa captured third place in the triple jump after jumping for a career best 35’5”. The career best jump came during her first attempt and was met with applause and cheers from the Holyoke crowd sitting in the stands just across the track. The third-place effort bested last year’s seventh-place finish.
Duester earned individual medals in the 400 meter run (fourth) and the 200 meter run (eighth). Her fourth-place effort tied last year’s performance. She took fifth as a sophomore.
Vasa, Bennett, Duester and Presich were all members of relays placing last weekend.
Holyoke’s 800 meter sprint medley relay team took runner-up honors. This was the second consecutive year a Holyoke team earned runner-up in the event. Those competing on the 2011 runner-up team were Vasa, Duester, Bennett and freshman Jacinda Krueger.
Marci Vasa concentrates during the triple jump. She captured third
Alex Quintana fights out the last few meters during the 800 meter
The four senior girls made up the 4x200 meter relay that captured a sixth-place finish. The Dragons qualified for the finals in fourth place Thursday afternoon. During the prelims, Akron’s 4x200 team broke the state record that was set by Holyoke’s state championship 4x200 meter relay team last year.
Junior Alex Quintana earned individual medals in all four events he qualified for. He took fourth place in the 110 meter hurdles, fifth in the 300 meter hurdles, seventh in the 800 meter run and eighth in the 400 meter run.
“The weather was of course not very much fun,” Rahe said. “The lightning delay and then cancellation on Thursday caused 3A and 2A to have to do prelims and most finals on Friday. So Friday was a 13-hour day at the track and I think that took a little off of the kids who had to compete on Saturday.”
With some events being rescheduled from Thursday, Quintana ended up running four races Friday including three prelims and one final. Finishing in the top eight in each event shows the strength of the junior who should be a strong competitor on the state track next year.
Senior Patricia Adams wrapped up her high school career after qualifying in the shot put for the second consecutive year.
Also competing at the state track meet was the boys 4x800 meter relay team consisting of seniors Cody Fricke, Joel Rodriguez, Seth Baker and freshman Ryan Parker. Jordan Zeiler, Cierre Prelle, Presich and Krueger competed in the 4x400 meter relay.
The girls 4x100 meter relay competing at Jeffco last weekend consisted of Audi Peña, KrisAnna Ham, Bennett and Krueger.
“I am so proud of all of the track athletes,” coach Rahe said. “Not just the ones that made it to state, but all the kids who came to practice every day and worked hard to improve their skills through each drill.”
Mallory Bennett receives the baton from Jacinda Krueger during the 800 meter sprint medley event.
200 meter run—Heather Duester, eighth, :26.93.
400 meter run—Duester, fourth, :59.58.
Triple jump—Marci Vasa, third, 35’5”.
4x200 meter relay—Duester, Vasa, Mallory Bennett, Trixi Presich, sixth, 1:51.48.
800 meter sprint medley—Vasa, Duester, Bennett, Jacinda Krueger, second, 1:53.22.
400 meter run—Alex Quintana, eighth, :51.95.
800 meter run—Quintana, seventh, 2:02.91.
110 meter hurdles—Quintana, fourth, :16.27.
300 meter hurdles—Quintana, fifth, :41.31.
The Holyoke girls earned a total of 27 points, good enough for a tie for 10th place with Custer County. Lyons won the girls 2A championship with 116 points followed by Akron 102, Telluride 81, Limon 60.5, Dolores 43, Paonia 38, Nederland 37, Sedgwick County 30 and Wray 28.
The Holyoke boys finished in 23rd with 16 points. Lyons won the crown with 88 points. Wray scored 59 points taking runner-up honors. Other area teams in the mix were Burlington third with 48, Yuma sixth with 38, Akron ninth with 26.5, Sedwick County 15th with 23 and Wiggins 22nd with 17 points.
Alex Quintana clears the final hurdle in the 110 meter hurdle event
Mallory Bennett hands off to Trixi Presich during the girls’ 4x200
1A and 2A split into two divisions
Instead of competing with athletes in class 1A, 2A athletes found themselves competing just against other 2A athletes this year.
CHSAA split the two classes this year so events were held for all five classes last weekend at Jeffco Stadium. Every gold medal won by 1A athletes set a new state record in the respective events, unless the event was wind aided.
Merino won the girls Class 1A meet, Caliche finished fourth while Haxtun and Flemming tied for eighth.
Idalia boys finished in fifth while Merino finished in ninth.
Patricia Adams competes in the shot put at the state meet for the
Holyoke Enterprise May 26, 2011