|Carper smashes longstanding long jump record|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
With a jump of 22’ 3”, HHS trackster Kyle Carper smashed a 33-year-old long jump record at Saturday’s league track meet in Sterling. Clearing the previous record by over a foot, the longstanding meet record of 21’ 2.5” was shattered by Carper’s first place jump.
Doug Lick of Haxtun set the record in 1976, and HHS coach Clint Goldenstein noted Lick’s record had been the long jump standard for over 30 years.
Although the HHS track team faced cold weather at Saturday’s meet, Goldenstein said the Dragons had some “very impressive individual performances,” including Carper’s record-breaking long jump.
Carper also turned in a state-qualifying time in the 400 meter dash, earning him first place honors.
Goldenstein said Marissa Smith was very close to qualifying times in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, in which she received second and first places respectively.
Additionally, first place honors were earned by Heather Duester, Mallory Bennett, Marci Vasa and Smith in the 4x200 meter relay while Duester claimed a silver medal in the 400 meter dash.
Looking at the upcoming regional meet, Goldenstein said long distance runner Jeremy Loutensock has the potential to place well in the 800 meter run, and he continues to push for personal bests in the 1600 meter run, finishing second at Saturday’s league meet.
Relay teams for the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays continue to improve and will work on fine tuning exchanges heading into regionals. Goldenstein noted Patricia Adams and Becca Brandt turned in great performances filling in for runners in the 4x400 relay.
Other Dragon athletes with top performances were throwers Phawn Carper and Patricia Adams who both have the potential to not just qualify for state but win regionals if they can throw at distances they have attained throughout the season, said Goldenstein. He also noted hurdlers Taylor Haidle and Alex Quintana are peaking at the right time of the season.
HHS tracksters dealt with “less than ideal conditions” at the league meet including cold temperatures and moderate precipitation, said Goldenstein. “The team as a whole needs to continue focusing on competing to the best of their ability when confronted with these challenges.” While conditions at meets have not been favorable, overall warmer weather has given the team better outdoor practice times during the week.
Despite missing some athletes, the girls finished just one point behind Sedgwick County and were ranked fourth at Saturday’s league meet. Team standings in order of placing included Akron with 182 points, Wray 124, Sedgwick County 75, Holyoke 74, Merino 66 and Wiggins 62.
With 45 total points, Holyoke boys finished just behind Akron at sixth place. Other team scores in order of ranking are Wiggins with 132 points, Wray 128, Merino 104, Sedgwick County 94, Akron 46 and Holyoke 45.
100 meter dash—Smith, second, :13.44; Duester, sixth, :14.47.
200 meter dash—Smith, first, :27.55.
400 meter dash—Duester, second, 1:03.85; Stephanie Ramirez, eighth, 1:20.48.
1600 meter run—Becca Brandt, sixth, 7:10.70.
3200 meter run—Nicole Brandt, fourth, 15:08.85.
100 meter hurdles—Shelby Beavers, fifth, :20.35.
300 meter hurdles—Beavers, seventh, :55.04.
4x100 meter relay—Duester, Bennett, Vasa and Smith, third, :54.28.
4x200 meter relay—Duester, Bennett, Vasa and Smith, first, 1:52.84.
4x400 meter relay—KrisAnna Ham, Adams, Becca Brandt and Beavers, fifth, 5:12.99.
4x800 meter relay—Nicole Brandt, Carolina Hermosillo, Ramirez and Becca Brandt, fifth, 12:51.57.
800 sprint medley—Adams, Kaylee Groshans and Vasa, fifth, 2:16.13.
High jump—Carper, third, 4’ 2”; Bennett, fourth, 4’.
Long jump—Bennett, fifth, 13’ 3”; Catrina Krueger, seventh, 12’ 5.25”.
Triple jump—Vasa, fourth, 31’ 1.25”; Groshans, sixth, 30’ 7”; Krueger, seventh, 27’ 9”.
Shot put—Adams, sixth, 27’ 8.75”.
200 meter dash—Carper, third, :24.32.
400 meter dash—Carper, first, :51.41.
800 meter run—Loutensock, fourth, 2:15.24.
1600 meter run—Loutensock, second, 4:56.87.
110 meter hurdles—Alex Quintana, fifth, :19.23.
300 meter hurdles—Quintana, fifth, :47.97; Taylor Haidle, sixth, :49.98.
4x200 meter relay—Haidle, Quintana, José Goytia and Carper, fifth, 1:41.91.
Long jump—Carper, first, 22’ 3”.
The Dragons will head to Akron for the regional meet on Saturday, May 9. Those with state-qualifying times/distances as well as the top three placers in each event will go on to compete at the state meet the following week, May 14-16, at Jeffco Stadium in Denver.