Track season hits home stretch

As if the split-second world of track-and-field wasn’t complicated enough, CHSAA’s message to fans visiting its website on Monday indicated the waters surrounding the 2013 State Track-and-Field Championships had gotten muddier.

“Due to some coaches not following the process correctly in creating an account and entering their athletes into the MaxPreps state qualifier platform, CHSAA has now had to postpone the posting of qualifiers for the 2013 State Track Meet. This decision was made in fairness to the athletes who may be impacted, rather than proceeding and posting an incomplete entry list. With the help of coaches we hope to have this posted by Monday afternoon.”

Results from all league-championship meets were to have been submitted by 6 p.m. Sunday for final rankings/seedings going into the May 16-18 Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Once revised, there were Ignacio Bobcats still on the list.

State-bound Michelle Simmons placed ninth overall in the 200-meter dash in GJ, running a 26.87, and in the 4×100 relay (53.67) placed 15th ­– third among San Juan Basin League teams – to lead the Lady Cats, along with the 800-meter medley relay (1:58.63; 12th overall, second in league). Simmons also tied for eighth in the high jump (4-foot-10), while Ellie Seibel also earned IHS some points with her 18th-place 4-foot-8.

Chrystianne Valdez cleared 6-foot-10 in the pole vault – her specialty for State – to take 14th overall, and Jayce Stricherz was 17th, but also scored team points with her 6-foot-4.

The Bobcat boys were led by Wyatt Hayes’ 14th-place overall finish (53.50) in the 400, which was good enough to win the SJBL title, and the 4×1 was 13th in 46.74 – but also best in league. Klayson Smith was second among leaguers in the high jump, but his 6-foot hop also tied him for seventh overall – as did his 11-foot-1 pole vault, which did lead the SJBL. Austin Haire tied for 13th in the event, but earned Ignacio team points with his 10-foot-1.

Each of them fellows, as well as the relay, will be in the mix at State.

Haire and Kelton Richmond finished 44th and 45th overall in the discus, at 103-foot-7 and 103-foot-1, respectively. Richmond (35th, 37-foot-6.5) and Blaine Mickey (50th, 35-foot-6) were also top-50 in the shot put, with Richmond making the State field in the discipline.

Late Monday, unofficial qualifiers were named, with Ignacio to be represented individually by Simmons (fourth 200m, eighth high jump), Smith (fourth high jump, sixth pole vault), Hayes (12th 400m, 18th long jump), Valdez (15th pole vault), Haire (17th pole vault), Sky Cotton (18th long jump), Richmond (18th discus), Nick Herrera (21st high jump) and Ellie Seibel (24th high jump).

Relays making the cut — at least as it appeared by the Drum’s deadline — are the girls’ 4×100 (14th; Simmons/Cotton/Dynesha Drake/Da’Shona Lloyd) and 800m medley (12th; Cotton/Lloyd/Simmons/Cloe Seibel), and the boys’ 4×1 (17th) and 4×2 (16th) quartet of Hayes/Mike Perez/Blaine Mickey/Charles Rohde.



1.Eagle Valley 232, 2.Coal Ridge 195, 3.Grand Junction 191, 4.Hotchkiss 127, 5.Cedaredge 123, 6.Telluride 119, 7.Palisade 109, 8.Durango 105, 9.Glenwood Springs 104, 10.Fruita Monument 104, 11.Gunnison 100, 12.Basalt 99, 13.Paonia 95, 14.Rifle 87, 15.Montrose 74, 16.Battle Mountain 70, 17.Rangely 66, 18.Delta 65, 19.Moffat County 59, 20.Meeker 56, 21.Grand Valley 51, 22.West Grand 46, T-23.G.J. Central/North Park 32, 25.Montezuma-Cortez 29, 26.Olathe 28, 27.IGNACIO 27, 28.Vail Christian 24, 29.Mancos 23, 30.Ouray 21, T-31.Roaring Fork/Soroco/Hayden/Dolores 15, T-35.Summit/Plateau Valley 14, 37.Steamboat Springs 9, 38.Aspen 7, 39.Dove Creek 5, T-40.De Beque/Nucla 0.



1.Battle Mountain 192, 2.Cedaredge 187, 3.Paonia 161, 4.Durango 160, 5.Eagle Valley 145, 6.Fruita Monument 139, 7.Gunnison 129, 8.Grand Junction 122, 9.Glenwood Springs 114, 10.Moffat County 113, 11.Hotchkiss 111, 12.Delta 105, 13.Dolores 104, 14.Coal Ridge 94, 15.Palisade 78, 16.Montrose 62, 17.Telluride 59, 18.Meeker 57, 19.Dove Creek 51, T-20.Rifle/Montezuma-Cortez/Vail Christian 48, 23.Olathe 36, T-24.Summit/Aspen 34, 26.Roaring Fork 31, T-27.Grand Valley/IGNACIO/Soroco/Basalt 30, 31.G.J. Central 26, 32.West Grand 20, T-33.Plateau Valley/Ouray 12, 35.Hayden 11, 36.Rangely 10, 37. North Park 8, 38.Nucla 6, 39.Steamboat Springs 4, T-40.De Beque/Mancos 0.

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