Sixteen THS athletes attended the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction, where the team boasted several standout performances.
Leading the charge was sophomore Emy Ludwig, who finished second in the 100m high hurdles and seventh in the 400m. Ludwig also ran the lead-off leg in the sprint medley relay, in which the Telluride team (also comprised of Hannah Krieg, Maddie Johnston, and Rachel Hampton) finished fifth overall.
Freshman Hampton, who is just coming off a strong season in the competitive Nordic skiing circuit, also posted impressive finishes last weekend, including fifth in the 1600m and seventh in the 800m. Her times in the 1600m (5:44) and in the 800m (2:36) were both school records, noted THS Track and Field Coach Keith Hampton, and put her in good position to qualify for the State Meet at the end of the season. Hampton is currently the top-ranked freshman distance runner in the state.
Fellow freshman runner Jessie Hild competed in her first 3200m race last Saturday, crossing the line in a strong eighth place.
Meanwhile, Telluride’s jumpers leaped into their first major event with strong results. Senior Brian Kell’s long jump of 18’10.5” is currently ranked third in the state among 2A schools, while senior Lobo James is currently ranked in the top five in triple jump with a personal best of 38’3”.
In addition to the above athletes, the team also boasts a strong group who will contend for top three in conference in their events. They include senior Spencer Zarr, who threw a personal best of 34’6” at Mickey Dunn, and freshman standout Nathan Loomis who, in his first season on the track team, has shown “amazing range,” said Hampton, with a personal record in the 100m of 13.54 and another of 5:26 in the 1600m.
Coach Hampton believes this year’s team will have a good shot at State Meet prestige thanks to its strong group of female runners. The girls placed 13th overall at last weekend’s Grand Junction meet, beating division 2A rivals Dove Creek, Ignacio and Crested Butte.
“I am very excited about the girls 4x800m team’s chances this year at both State and Conference,” said Hampton. “With six possible runners who are competing for a spot on the team, I think we will keep getting faster. Our best time of 11:35 ranks us in the top three in state.”
OHS Makes Strides in Delta
Ouray Trojan Track and Field athletes posted a handful of top ten finishes at their last competition, held in Delta on March 20. Kaleb Sackman floated to first in the triple jump, knocking out his own previous personal record by two inches (for a total of 41’31”) and landed within seven inches of the State pre-qualifying mark.
In the 1600m race, Stephanie Ficco finished sixth with a time of 5:50.07, followed by another sixth place in the triple jump with 30' 0.5".
Another sixth place finish went to Ficco and teammates Mandy Plaisance, Kelsey Guthmiller and Geordyn MacDougall in the girls 800m medley relay. Meanwhile the boys’ team (Dylan Smith, Kaleb Sackman, Jaxon Gaita, and Nick Purvis) finished eighth in the 4 x 200 relay.
Coach Bernie Pearce draws from a strong field of athletes for Ouray’s Track and Field team, which is comprised not only of Ouray students but also students from Ridgway and Lake City. After being snowed-out of their last scheduled competition in Hotchkiss last weekend, the team will next head to Cedaredge for the Bruin Invitational this Saturday.