The Ouray junior picked up 10 points for his first-place finish in the 3,200 meters (11 minutes, 43.1 seconds); five points for a fourth-place finish in the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches); four points for placing fifth in the 110 hurdles (18.8); and another three points for his sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles (48.7).
Senior Ethan Fries, who holds the school record in the 110 hurdles, came away Saturday with a second-place finish in the event in 17.5. He also teamed with Grant Zimmerman, Blake Zimmerman and Irving Macias-Chavez to finish fourth in the 400 relay (49.8). The same four also finished fifth in the 1,600 relay (4:34.7).
Rounding out the Trojans’ points were Kaleb Sackman in the triple jump (34-3 1/2) and Tommy Stovicek in the 800 (2:41.6), who each finished sixth in their respective event.
WILBUR, MACDOUGALL PLACE FOR GIRLS’ TEAM
The girls’ team scored just two points to finish seventh as a team on Saturday. The Trojans were led by Sara Wilbur’s sixth-place finish in the 800 (3:22.8) and Geordyn MacDougall’s sixth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (21.1). MacDougall, a freshman, also eclipsed a personal-best in the 100, running a 14.6, beating her previous-best time of 15.4 she earned at Cedaredge on March 29.
Despite the lack of anyone finishing higher than sixth – the majority of both teams were still shorthanded because Ridgway and Ouray schools were on spring break last week – coach Bernie Pearce said the Cowboy Invitational was “a great opportunity for the younger athletes especially to get a foothold on their events-of-choice, and to try something new without the threat of game-tested, large-school upperclassmen who can intimidate the novice competitor.
“The Cowboy Invitational,” Pearce continued, “is very much a small-school, user-friendly competition, essentially a throw-back to another era: gusty winds, thick gloves, few schools, unlimited, last-second entries, hand-held watches, student volunteers and a 45-minute lunch break.”
FRANK WOODBURN INVITATIONAL IN GRAND JUNCTION
The boys’ and girls’ teams return to action to compete in the Frank Woodburn Invitational on Saturday, April 12, instead of attending the Pine River Invitational in Bayfield. The meet will be hosted by Palisade at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. It’s also the lone meet the Trojans will get a chance compete in Stocker Stadium, which is where the 2A Region 5 meet will be held on May 9-10.
“We’ve elected to go to G.J. since then because it’s closer, run on the same surface as our regional meet and a state pre-qual opportunity,” Pearce said. “So when the Palisade event moved back one week to the 12th, we borrowed from baseball and made a classic double-switch: we dropped the Pine River Invitational in Bayfield to accommodate the Palisade meet, and filled the April 5 void with a return to Meeker.”
At the Woodburn Invitational last year, the Trojan boys’ team was held pointless while the girls’ squad scored six points to finish 18th.
The meet will be one where an athlete earns a bid to the state championships if the participant equals or betters the minimum time, height or distance set forth by the Colorado High School Activities Association. The state meet will be held May 16-17 in Pueblo.
Pearce will also take a group of freshmen and sophomores to the Ned Pollert Fr./So. Invitational in Stocker Stadium on Monday, April 14.