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Hayden track and field earns season’s best marks at Eagle Valley Invite

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Hayden track team collected personal bests at the Eagle Valley Invite on Saturday, April 6.

Makenna Knez was the top individual finisher for the girls, running the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 49.66 seconds to take home a silver medal. She added a ninth-place performance in the 800 meters with a time of 2:39.62.

Jillian Bennett led the Hayden sprinters with a fourth place in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.94. She joined teammates Leah Carrouth, RaeAnn Scott and Allison Ingols in the 4×400-meter relay, which placed second with a time of 4:30.29.

Scott added an eighth-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.42 seconds.

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Hayden saw four top-10 finishers in the girls jumping events, including a nearly record-breaking performance by Allison Rajzer. She finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 6.5 inches, just short of the school record of 36 feet, 8 inches. Ingols placed eighth in the triple jump, and in the long jump, Gracie and Faith Day finished third and fourth place respectively.

Chris Carrouth highlighted the day with the team’s only individual victory, winning the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.02, a season’s best.

The boys distance runners followed suit, earning several top placings.

Wyatt Mortenson took seventh in the 1,600 meters, and Kale Johnson was eighth in the 3,200 meters.

The boys relays continued to show progress. The team of Micah Crum, Kuyler Balleck, Josh McCourt and Justin Fry was sixth in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:40.85. The 4×400-meter relay team of Keaton Knez, Mortenson, Guillermo Estecha and Carrouth posted a new personal record, finishing ninth with a time of 3:51.85.

Crum’s 47.55 seconds in the 300 hurdles was a personal best and earned him 10th place.

The boys’ jumpers also collected personal bests. Aiden MacGillivray was ninth in the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 7 inches, and Balleck was 12th with a leap of 18 feet, 1/4 inch.

Both triple jumpers, MacGillivray and Dustin McLaughlin, made the finals with leaps of 37 feet, tying for ninth place.

Hunter Hatcher finished eighth in discus, with a 112 feet, 5 inches toss. His season’s best throw of 34 feet, 3 inches earned 16th place in shot put. Andrew Kleckler recorded a personal best in shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 8 inches for 20th place. He finished 12th in discus with a throw of 106 feet, 8.5 inches.

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @lvann_sports.

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