Fries, who holds the school record in the 110-meter hurdles and who finished 12th in the 2A state championships last season, finished fifth in the event on Saturday, clearing the 10-hurdle race in 17.0 seconds. He also ran the 300 intermediate hurdles in 44.24 seconds, good enough for yet another fifth-place finish.
Fedel and Geist, who were instrumental in the boys’ basketball team’s state-tournament appearance, finished fifth and sixth respectively in the high jump on Saturday with Fedel clearing 5-foot-8 – two inches off his personal-best 5-10 – and Geist, who is competing in the sport for the first time, leaping 5-6.
Also placing for the boys’ team, which finished 15th with its 17 points, were Nakoa Martinez (110 hurdles, 18.36, eighth) and Clay Schafer (shot put, personal-best 41-6 1/4), as well as the 3,200 relay of Kyle Schoenebaum, Fedel, Eli Lane, and Martinez.
For the girls’ team, only the 800 medley relay (2:04.35, sixth) and the 800 relay (2:00.57, eighth) placed in the top eight, giving the Trojans four points for a 22nd-place finish among 23 teams. Running in the 800 medley was Jamie Salazar, Riley Arrington, Meghan Kroschel-Wilbur, and Stephanie Ficco. Salazar, Sara Wilbur, Arrington, and Kroschel-Wilbur comprised the 800 relay team.
“Twenty-three schools were there representing 1A through 5A competitors, so points, placings and ribbons were at a premium,” coach Bernie Pearce said.
FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES COMPETE
On April 14, Pearce took a group of freshmen and sophomores to Grand Junction to compete in the Ned Pollert Invitational. The boys’ team came away with 38 points, good enough for a seventh-place finish, while the girls’ team took 15th by tallying 12 points.
Leading the way for the Trojans was Martinez, who took first in the 3,200 (11:25.8). He also was fourth in the 300 hurdles (45.9), fifth in the 110 hurdles (personal-best 18.2) and sixth in the high jump (5-6).
Also placing for the boys’ squad were Kaleb Sackman (triple jump, personal-best 37-0 3/4, third), Chris Blansett (shot put, personal-best 38-6, fourth; discus, personal-best 104-1, sixth), and Luke Carver (200, 25.3, seventh).
For the girls’ team, Ficco earned a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (29-11) and a sixth-place finish in the 300 (1:06.8). Brittany Manzagol was eighth in the 800 (2:54.9).
The 800 medley relay of Salazar, Mickala Palmer, Ficco, and Manzagol finished fifth (2:13.3).
The freshmen and sophomores will return to action in Gunnison for a freshman/sophomore-only meet on Wednesday, April 23 beginning at 10 a.m.
“Our underclassmen are looking forward to the freshman/sophomore meet in Gunnison at which they have the chance to sign up for events of their choice and compete for spots at the varsity level,” Pearce said.
Then, the Trojans will have their lone “home” meet of the year when they compete Friday, April 25 in the Montrose Invitational (2 p.m.).
“Everyone is excited about the Friday, April 25 meet in Montrose, because they get to run under the lights when darkness falls,” Pearce added.
A year ago, the boys’ team scored 26 points to finish 10th, while the girls’ totaled 13 points for a 13th-place finish.