DENVER – Ouray High School’s Track and Field team sent a small contingent of athletes to the Colorado State Track and Field Championships in Denver last weekend, but they had a big impact with all three medaling.
Lauren Hagemeyer, from Ridgway, soared to great heights in her fourth state meet appearance in the high jump, taking third place among 2A girls with her jump of 5 feet, 3 inches. Also competing in the high jump was Ouray’s Scott Fedel, in his second trip to the state meet, who cleared 6 feet, 2 inches for a fifth place finish. First time state meet competitor Clay Schafer, Ouray, heaved the shot put 44 feet, 0.75 inches, good enough for an eighth place medal.
According to Coach Bernie Pearce, each of the OHS track and field athletes dug extra deep for their state medals, taking advantage of good weather and a quality venue to catapult themselves into the winner’s circle.
“Each one was able to summon an effort from deep inside to earn a top-nine finish: Clay with a power release on his second throw in the finals, Scott with a perfect plant on his third attempt at 6 foot, and Lauren with some grit as she jumped through the pain of a sore hip-flexor,” Pearce said.
Hagemeyer, a graduating senior, ends her high school track and field career holding the school record in the high jump, which she set at 5 feet, 4 inches in 2008. Fedel holds the record on the boys’ side, thanks to his 6 foot, 3 inch jump made at regionals this year. Schafer finished the year holding the second-furthest shot put toss, at 46 feet, 9 inches, which he threw at regionals.
“Coach Danny Wilbur and I are proud of the efforts of these three who made it to state, but also of the full team for its ability to push aside frustrating weekly bouts of bad weather and put it all together for a strong regional and state showing to close out the season,” Pearce said.
Three OHS Trojans were also recently named to the San Juan Basin League All-Conference Track and Field team for 2009: Kyle Schoenebaum, Fedel and Schafer.