|Carper qualifies for state triple jump at Yuma|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
With his first jump of the season, Kyle Carper earned himself a spot at the state track meet in Pueblo. His triple jump of 43’ 2.5” not only marked Carper as the first Dragon trackster to qualify for the state meet, but also landed him first place honors at the Yuma Bill Kalb Invitational Tuesday, April 7.
Coach Sandra Rahe noted that while this was the team’s second meet, it was the first for several atheletes due to basketball and other organizational commitments. “We are now mid-season and with only two meets behind us we have a lot of our season yet to come,” said Rahe.
“The kids are doing very well, getting stronger each day,” she said. “We will be working on ‘competeing’ over the next couple weeks by focusing on not just finishing the race but shooting for our best times/distances.”
Weather has been a factor for the Dragon athletes, with strong winds at the Yuma meet. Rahe notes it has been difficult to get repetition for field events as several practices have been held indoors due to extreme weather this spring.
In addition to triple jump, Carper also received first in the long jump competition with a 19’ 10” jump. Brandon Oosthuysen took home second in the 400 meter dash.
Marissa Smith finished in the top three in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash races, and Heather Duester earned second and fourth places in the 400 and 200 meter dash respectively.
Additionally, Rahe said Mallory Bennett and Marci Vasa look strong and will contribute to the relays this year. Patricia Adams is doing well in the shot put, and hurdlers Taylor Haidle and Alex Quintana are improving on form and technique.
While Holyoke’s track team was missing several atheletes due to illnesses at the Yuma meet, Rahe expects to have a full squad for the upcoming meet in Wray. Holyoke girls earned 52 points finishing fifth out of 24 teams, and the boys placed 12th out of 22 with 34 points.
100 meter dash—Smith, third, :13.35.
200 meter dash—Smith, second, :27.70; Duester, fourth, :28.19.
400 meter dash—Duester, second, 1:03.77; Smith, third, 1:04.44.
4x100 meter relay—Bennett, Duester, Vasa and Sarah Heermann, fourth, :55.89.
4x110 yard relay—Catrina Krueger, Kaylee Groshans, Stephanie Ramirez and Annie Daniel, fifth, 1:01.11.
4x800 meter relay—Vasa, Groshans, KrisAnna Ham and Smith, sixth, 11:47.32.
800 sprint medley—Krueger, Bennett, Vasa and Duester, fourth, 2:01.69.
Shot put—Adams, seventh, 30’ 1”.
400 meter dash—Oosthuysen, second, :54.68.
300 meter hurdles—Quintana, seventh, :46.44.
Long jump—Carper, first, 19’ 10”; Oosthuysen, fifth, 18’ 2.5”.
Triple jump—Carper, first, 43’ 2.5”.
Even though the season had a slow start, the rest of April will be busy for the Dragon tracksters. “We have two very busy and important weeks coming up, and I hope to solidify relay teams in order to pre-qualify for state.” said Rahe.
Holyoke will travel to Wray for the Thursday, April 16 meet with events beginning at 3:30 p.m. They will also compete at Imperial on Tuesday, April 21 and at Sterling for the Northeast Colorado Classic on Friday, April 24, both with events scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
Due to meets on April 21 and 24, Holyoke will not compete at the rescheduled Burlington meet Thursday, April 23.