GRAND JUNCTION – Members of Ouray’s High School track and field team went the distance at last weekend’s regional meet in Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium. The team finished out the regular season with a slew of personal bests and school records, with three members earning a trip to this weekend’s state meet in Denver, at JeffCo Stadium.
Scott Fedel and Lauren Hagemeyer, who qualified for the state event after strong season-long results in the high jump, both bettered their entry marks for the upcoming contest. Fedel cleared 6 feet, 3 inches for a personal best jump and a third place finish, while Hagemeyer’s jump of 5 feet, 3 inches earned her the title of regional champ.
Senior Clay Schafer threw the shot put 46 feet, 9 inches to capture third place and a ticket to the state meet.
“The athletes really rose to the occasion after having been stymied all season long with inconsistent training and an even more frustrating three-meet cancellation package that disrupted their rhythm,” said OHS track and field coach Bernie Pearce. “The coaches couldn't be happier with the efforts, attitudes and outcomes that made for an exciting couple of days and a satisfying end to the regular season.”
The regional meet allowed OHS athletes to put their best feet forward, with a slew of members notching personals bests along with a handful of school records. In the boys’ relay events, Fedel, Eli Lane, Nick Purvis, and Kyle Schoenebaum cut 34 seconds off the previous school best mark with a time of 8:49.64 in the 4 x 800 meter. The 4 x 100 meter team of Fedel, Purvis, Schafer, and Irving Macias also set a new school record with a time of 47.66. In the 4 x 400 meter relay, Fedel, Purvis, Schafer, and Eli Holmes set yet another school record, finishing in 3:44.29.
Geordyn MacDougall set a new school record in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 17.54 to take fifth place.
“The coaches really admire the fact that all the athletes tried to do their best rather than getting hung up on outcomes. Concentrating on performance and process usually leads to a more relaxed effort, and the results take care of themselves,” Pearce said.
Some of those medal-winning results included Schoenebaum’s personal best run in the 3200-meter (10:52.93, fifth place); Kaleb Sackman’s personal best in the triple jump (41 feet, 1 inch, fifth place); Stephanie Ficco launching a personal best in the triple jump (31 feet, 5.75 inches, sixth place); Martinez in the 110-meter hurdles (18.49, seventh place); and personal records established by LiErin Wilson in the shot put (30 feet, 4 inches, eighth place), Chris Blansett in the shot put (43 feet, 3.5 inches, eighth place) and the discus (117 feet, 4 inches, eighth place), and Purvis in the long jump (18 feet, 7 inches, eighth place).
The girls’ relay teams also won a handful of podium places, with the teams of MacDougall, Hagemeyer, and Lizzy and Stephanie Ficco finishing sixth in the 4 x 400 relay (4:44.20); Wilson, Hagemeyer, Lizzy Ficco, and Sara Wilbur taking seventh in the 4 x 200 relay (2:00.42); and the Wilbur-MacDougall-Ficco sisters foursome coming up with an eighth place in the 800 medley (2:07.48).
The team’s collection of podium finishes earned the boys ninth place overall while the girls finished in 13th place.
Schafer competes today in the shot put at the state meet, while Fedel and Hagemeyer are set to jump on Saturday.