PUEBLO – Three-time regional high-jump champion Lauren Hagemeyer led the charge for Ouray County at the 2A state track and field championship in Pueblo last weekend. With a jump of 5-foot, 4-inches, Hagemeyer tied her own record and placed fourth in the state among women. Last year, Hagemeyer placed fifth in state with a jump of 5-2, and as a freshman she tied for third, clearing 5-2 that year as well.
“Her 5-4 fourth place finish shows that the 2A girls’ high jump field is getting stronger,” said Coach Bernie Pearce. Pearce said that Hagemeyer and the top-three finishers in the event are all juniors and may have the chance to compete together again next year – providing they earn their way back to the championship. Next year’s meet will be an all-class 2A-5A, three-day affair at Jeffco Stadium in Denver.
Scott Fedel competed in the men’s high jump, placing 14th with a jump of 5-10. This year mark’s Fedel’s first trip to the state event.
“He jumped a bit tight,” Pearce said. “It was probably first-time jitters. His goal is to return next year with the experience to soar over the bar and place in the top eight.”
In the 110-meter hurdles, senior Ethan Fries got the short end of the stick, suffering what Pearce called “one of those mistaken identities that shouldn’t have happened, but did.” Fries was disqualified in the preliminaries for “apparently ‘not making an attempt to clear the first three hurdles,’” Pearce said. But according to Pearce, the one spilling the hurdles was not Fries but a runner in the next lane, who wore a similarly colored jersey.
“Coach Jones and I spent the better part of the afternoon at the inquiry table making our appeal to the games committee, but to no avail,” Pearce said. He said that Fries’s time would have seeded him seventh or eighth in the finals, guaranteeing him a pose on the medals stand.
The event wraps up the season for the Ouray-Ridgway track and field team.
“All three of these athletes gave a good account of themselves and represented Ouray County in style,” Pearce said. “For Ethan especially, he handled the situation of his misfortune with the grace ad championship attitude that he has exhibited all four years of high school track and field. He’s going to be missed for his work ethic and his positive posture.” Fries remains the school record holder for the 110-meter (16.52) and the 300-meter (42.88) hurdles.