|Brush Invitational good start to track season|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Holyoke High School track team kicked off its season Saturday, March 17 at the Brush Invitational.
With only two and a half weeks of practice under their belt, coach Sandra Rahe was very pleased with the times and distances the athletes put up. “The kids did as well or better than what I expected. Brush had teams from 2A through 5A, so we got to see some tough competition.”
This is a good starting point for the tracksters, who will now set goals for where they want to be by the end of the season.
Since March track meets can get quite cold, the team was thrilled to have beautiful weather in Brush with the sun shining and little wind. “I hope we will have more days like that throughout the season!” said Rahe.
She noted senior Alex Quintana had a great day. He brought home first in the 300 meter hurdles, and even though that race was directly followed by the 800 meter run, he still pulled a great time.
Rahe said Jacinda Krueger did a terrific job in the 300 meter hurdles, the first time she had ever run that race.
Looking at the next few weeks, the team will be working on putting together relay teams, but Rahe is confident their relay success will come in time.
This week they are working on increasing their mileage, getting stronger and increasing their endurance.
“Overall, great start to the season!” said Rahe.
100 meter dash—Krueger, eighth, :13.84.
300 meter hurdles—Krueger, third, :53.92.
4x200 meter relay—Lindsay Helgoth, Cierra Prelle, Louise Krog-Meyer and Bianca Rodriguez, seventh, 2:13.48.
4x800 meter relay—Prelle, Becca Weaver, Krog-Meyer and Malena McWilliams, fifth, 13:39.99.
High jump—Helgoth, fifth, 4’4”; Shobi Burris, tie for seventh, 4’.
Triple jump—Audi Peña, eighth, 30’0.5”.
Freshman/sophomore 100 meter dash—TJ Gertner, first, :12.15.
800 meter run—Quintana, fourth, 2:10.27.
110 meter hurdles—Quintana, second, :16.70.
300 meter hurdles—Quintana, first, :41.47.
Dragon tracksters will head to the Yuma early qualifier meet Tuesday, March 27. Events begin at 2 p.m.
Holyoke Enterprise March 22, 2012