Hayden Tigers track performs well at Battle Mountain, Rifle invites
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Hayden High School track team had a productive week last week, competing in two meets in five days.
The Tigers saw many top placings at meets at Battle Mountain on Tuesday, April 16, and Rifle on Saturday, April 20.
“We’ve made some changes in relay teams due to challenges and injuries and have been working on technique with jumpers and throwers,” Hayden head coach Mike Crum said.
The girls collected several top finishes at the Battle Mountain Invite. Gracie Day won the long jump. Kim Verastica won discus. RaeAnna Scott won the 300-meter hurdles. Makenna Knez won the 1,600-meter run and Allison Rajzer won the 100-meter dash.
Chris Carrouth won the 1,600 on the boys’ side.
The girls team returned to take third place overall at the Rifle Invite. Knez won the 1,600 again while Leah Carrouth followed in fourth place. Knez also placed third in the 800 with Carrouth behind in sixth.
Both the 4×100-meter relay team of Kobe Hampton, Day, Kat Barnes and Rajzer and the 4×400-meter relay team of Carrouth, Scott, Rosalie Mortenson and Jillian Bennett had the best showings of the girls’ relays in third place.
The 4×200-meter relay of Mia Mkos, Barnes, Mortenson and Bennett claimed fourth.
March 15: at Rifle Invite
March 29 to 30: at Mickey Dunn
April 6: at Eagle Valley Invite
April 16: at Battle Mountain Invite
April 20: at Rangely Invite
April 26: at Clint Wells Invite
May 3 to 4: regionals
May 9: at Joe Shields Invite
May 16 to 18: state
Day returned for another podium finish in the long jump, taking third. Rajzer placed third in the triple jump with Allison Ingols behind in sixth place. Verastica capped off the field events with an eighth-place showing in shot put and discus.
In the individual running events, Bennett added a fourth-overall placing in the 400. Scott placed fifth in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 100 hurdles.
The boys team placed fifth overall at the Rifle Invite, with their strength in distance.
Carrouth finished second overall in the 800 with teammate Keaton Knez following behind in fourth. Kale Johnson placed fourth in the 3,200.
The 4×400-meter team of Keaton Knez, Micah Crum, Justin Fry and Carrouth was the top-performing relay for the boys, taking second. The 4×100 relay team of Dustin McLaughlin, Aiden MacGillivray, Malcom Maddox and Kuyler Balleck placed fifth.
MacGillivray dominated the jumps, taking second in triple jump, fourth in high jump and fourth in long jump. McLaughlin followed with a fourth-place showing in triple jump. Capping off the field events was Hunter Hatcher and Angel Valdez. Hatcher finished fifth in discus while Valdez followed in seventh.
Micah Crum also placed seventh overall in the 300 hurdles to cap off the individual running events.
“We are beginning to see the hard work and preparation pay dividends as we approach the regional track meet,” Mike Crum said. “Although we have some key people out with injuries, we’ve managed to fill a couple of those slots with our younger athletes. Our goals now are to continue injury-free and peak at the right times to solidify some of those spots for state. With the level of competition out there in the 2A, we certainly can’t get too comfortable.”
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