HS Track Competes at Rifle Invitational
By: Coach Peters
On Friday, May 7, Lake County High School’s track & field team returned to action after almost 2 years. They participated in the Rifle Invitational, held at Coal Ridge High School, along with 13 other 2A and 3A division schools.
The highlight of the day was the debut of Lake County girls pole vault. For the first time in team history, Lady Panthers cleared heights in pole vault competition. Senior Aurora Marruffo set the school record at 7 feet 7 inches and finished in 3rd place. Freshman Rose Horning and sophomore Adele Horning both cleared 6’ 1” and placed 7th and 9th respectively. Sophomore Jace Peters reached 8’ 7” and 3rd place in the men’s pole vault event.
Lake County had champions in 3 events during the day. Senior Anthony Martinez hurdled to victory in the 110 meter event and was the fastest man of the day by winning the 100 meter dash. His times of 15.60 seconds in the hurdles and 11.51 in the 100 m are the current leading marks for Colorado 2A teams. Peters charged into the lead on the third lap of the 1600 m run to get the win and a personal best time of 4 minutes 55 seconds.
The Lady Panthers also looked strong in the girls 1600 m run. The Horning sisters took 3rd and 4th place, both crossing the finish line in 5:57. Freshman Keira King ran 6:07 for 5th place, and Violet Hill, another freshman, was 7th in 6:31. Those 4 girls teamed up to run the 4 x 800 m relay. They placed 2nd with a 2A state-leading time of 11:20.
Peters edged out Martinez in the 300 m hurdles. They finished 3rd and 4th with times of 46.80 and 47.21. Sophomore Obed Tarango ran 48.80 for 8th place in the 300 m hurdles and 21.24 for 8th place in the 110 m hurdles. In the ladies’ 300 m hurdle competition, Marruffo was 7th 1:01.
Martinez leaped 19’ 8.75” in the long jump to take 5th place. On the ladies’ side, Marruffo’s jump of 14’ 11.75” was enough for 6th place. Junior Angel Fierro accomplished 6th place in the triple jump by reaching 33’ 2”, and junior Morgan Holm took 9th with her personal best triple jump of 26’ 8.75”.
Fierro, Tarango, Abel Gonzales and Peters finished 4th in the 4 x 400 m relay with an overall time of 4:06. In the ladies’ 4 x 400 m, the Horning girls, Hill and Kaytlin Sprague ran 4:58 for 5th place.
Krysta Roeder, Makayla Arellano, Maya Mendoza and Jaycee Windorski teamed up to take 5th place in the 4 x 200 m relay in a time of 2:05. Fierro, Ivan Liewer, Gonzales and Cody Hall represented Lake County in the men’s 4 x 200 m relay. They were 8th in 1:48.
In the overall team competitions, the men were 3rd and the ladies finished 6th.