An obvious reason was the return of the majority of the members of the teams, which were either competing in the boys’ state 1A basketball tournament, or had other school-related obligations, missing the Delta meet.
Junior Scott Fedel used his basketball legs, so to speak, to pace the Trojans on Saturday, scoring eight points in the high jump by clearing a personal-best 5-foot-10 to finish second behind Murphy Smart (6-0) of Hayden.
The co-ed thrower’s 400 relay – which consisted of Jude Martinez, Neill Pieper, LiErin Wilson, and Clay Schafer – also finished second in a school-record 53.27 seconds, eclipsing the previous mark of 55.08.
“To have achieved several PRs and one school record in the second meet of the season…was more than a pleasant surprise,” boys’ and girls’ coach Bernie Pearce said. “Couple this with Old Man Winter either roughing us up in frigid workout conditions at [Fellin] park outside, or confining us to stair laps and mock throws, jumps and relay exchanges in the gym, and you have an example of athletes overcoming less than ideal practice routines to be a factor in both the team and individual scoring columns in a traditionally tough meet.”
Eight points each from Fedel and the thrower’s relay went toward the team’s 49-point total, which placed the Trojans sixth among 14 teams. Gypsum Eagle Valley scored 122 points to finish first, followed by Cedaredge (95), Paonia (89), the host Bulldogs (80), and Olathe (61). Hayden (43) was seventh.
Also contributing for the Trojans, and also making their first appearance because they were a part of the state-qualifying basketball team, were hurdlers Ethan Fries and Nakoa Martinez. Fries, a senior, took third in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.72 seconds, while Martinez, a junior, was fourth in the 110 hurdles (18.85).
Schafer, a junior who was also on the basketball team, contributed with his fair share of points, bringing home a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (37-2) and a fifth-place finish in the shot put (38-5).
Kyle Schoenebaum added to the mix with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 (11:15.6) and a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 (5:16.1).
The 3,200 relay of Nakoa Martinez, Blake Zimmerman, Tommy Stovicek, and Schoenebaum ran a 10:03.6 to finish in sixth place, while the 800 relay of Fedel, Zimmerman, Irving Macias, and Kenneth Wilson placed eighth (1:47.6).
Relays, Manzagol Lead Girls’ Squad
The girls’ team was led by three fifth-place finishes in relay events, as well as Brittany Manzagol’s fourth-place finish (2:52.5) in the 800, Wilson’s seventh-place finish in the shot put (28-2) and eighth-place finish in the discus (85-10), Stephanie Ficco’s eighth-place finish in the triple jump (28-6), and Raquel King’s eighth-place finish in the 800 (3:06.1).
In the relays, Jamie Salazar, Geordyn MacDougall, Riley Arrington, and Stephanie Ficco teamed in the event-opening medley relay (2:03.1); Salazar, MacDougall, Mickala Palmer, and Arrington combined to run a 57.9 in the 400 relay; and Salazar, MacDougall, Palmer, and Arrington collectively ran a 2:03.2 in the 800 relay.
As a team, the Trojans produced 22 points to finish 10th, trailing Eagle Valley (106), Hotchkiss (103), Olathe (85.5), Cedaredge (76.5), Paonia (64), Parachute Grand Valley (63.5), Hayden (47), Montrose j.v. (28), and New Castle Coal Ridge (4). Norwood (11) was a distant 11th behind Ouray.
Teams to Head to Cedaredge on Saturday
The Trojans will yet again head east out Colorado Hwy. 92 on Saturday, but this time they’ll stop in Cedaredge for the Bruins Invitational.
“Cedaredge will offer the same ‘unlimited-entries-per-event’ approach this next weekend, a format that most coaches throughout the region appreciate at this early juncture of the season,” Pearce said. “It’s a great opportunity for the athletes to try a large selection of events to see where they can contribute most effectively to the total team effort.”
On a schedule note, Ouray/Ridgway will not have a meet to attend on April 5 because the Palisade Invitational slated for that day has been moved to April 12. Pearce said he’s still contemplating on what meet to attend on April 5; he also noted that the Trojans now won’t be traveling to the Pine River Invitational in Bayfield on April 12.