That’s because Eli Lane, Nakoa Martinez, Scott Fedel, and Kyle Schoenebaum teamed up to run the 3,200-meter relay in 9 minutes, 26.96 seconds, setting a new school record in the event, surpassing the previous mark set in 1998 by Eric Edwards, Josh Rasmussen, Jeremy Leeper, and Ross Williams, who ran it in 9:28.56.
“The 10-year-old school record…was re-set by a determined squad that had set its sights on lowering the mark by season’s end ever since they came within a few hundredths of a second in 2007,” coach Bernie Pearce said.
The time the relay ran on Saturday was good enough to place the Trojans sixth behind Fruita-Monument (8:27.07), Montrose (8:43.97), Paonia (8:44.57), Cedaredge (9:03.51), and Grand Junction Central (9:19.65) during Palisade’s Frank Woodburn Invitational in Stocker Stadium.
The 3,200 relay was one of two events in which Ouray/Ridgway placed; the other was in the high jump where Fedel finished in a three-way tie for seventh with a leap of 5-feet, 6 inches.
In the team standings, the boys finished with four points to place 18th, beating only Collbran Plateau Valley (1). The top five finishers were Fruita (101), Rifle (74), Delta (67), Grand Junction (54), and Hotchkiss (48).
The boys’ team also had seven athletes set new personal-best marks, led by Martinez in the 300 hurdles (45.22) and 3,200 (11:17.59). His previous personal-best marks were 47.09 and 11:43.07, respectively. Jude Martinez, his older cousin, also had a career-day in the discus, setting a new personal record with nearly a 12-foot improvement, going from 100-8 – set in Gunnison last April – to 112-5 on Saturday. Also in the discus, Kenneth Wilson obtained a personal-best, outdistancing his old mark of 81-0 1/2 at Cedaredge just over two weeks ago to 90-0 on Saturday.
RELAYS TAKE FOURTH, EIGHTH FOR GIRLS’ TEAM
On the girls’ side, two relays placed, led by the 3,200 relay of Brittney Manzagol, Rocky King, Sierra Macfarlane, and Sarah Wilbur in the 3,200, which finished fourth in 12:47.14, placing behind Paonia (10:33.14), Minturn Battle Mountain (11:06.51) and Olathe (11:20.2).
The 400 relay of Jamie Salazar, LiErin Wilson, Meghan Kroschel-Wilbur, and Riley Arrington took eighth in 56.81. Hotchkiss (51.8) finished first.
The two relays totaled six points for the Trojans, who finished 18th among 20 teams, beating Central (5) and Plateau Valley (2). Fruita (118), Craig Moffat County (92), Hotchkiss (71), Delta (46), and Olathe (42.5) were the top five finishers.
Setting new personal-best marks were Wilson in the discus (89-4) and Geordyn MacDougall in the 100 (20.62) and 400 (1:10.7). Wilson’s previous best mark was 87-2, while MacDougall’s were 21.09 and 1:13.72.
Overall, Pearce was pleased with the teams’ performances, especially having to practice indoors for four consecutive days last week because of an early-spring snowstorm.
“No one would know by looking only at our team scores and placements just how well our athletes performed on Saturday,” he said. “It could have been five [days inside], but we sent them to the pool on Friday to get some relief from the close quarters of the gym and weight room. The coaches believe that the good performances and noteworthy improvements were an obvious direct result of being outdoors, feeling untethered by the constraints of four walls, and competing on an actual, state-of-the-art surface.”
Up next for the Trojans, whose freshmen and sophomores competed in the Ned Pollert Invitational on Monday in Grand Junction, will be the Gunnison Cowboy Invitational at Western State College. At this meet last year, the boys’ team scored 38 points to finish eighth, while the girls’ squad tallied six points to place 12th.