Hagemeyer, a Ridgway junior competing in her first meet of the season, broke her school record of 5 feet, 3 inches with a first-place leap of 5-4. The pre-qualifying standard to advance to state is 5-0. Hagemeyer now automatically has a spot in the state championship May 16-17 in Pueblo, no matter her performance at the Region 5 meet slated for May 10 in Grand Junction. She finished fifth at state last year (5-2) and third as a freshman (5-2).
Also setting a new school record was the co-ed thrower’s 400-meter relay team of Jude Martinez, Hagemeyer, LiErin Wilson, and Clay Schafer (54.07 seconds), who finished first on Friday by eclipsing the previous mark of 55.08 at the same meet last season set by Martinez, Wilson, Spencer Colby, and Matt Wolford.
The final school record to fall was in the 3,200-meter relay run by Kyle Schoenebaum, Eli Lane, Neill Pieper, and Nakoa Martinez (9:23.94). The team took fourth and broke the previous mark of 9:26.96 set two weeks ago by Lane, Martinez, Schoenebaum, and Scott Fedel.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with snapping those records at Montrose, the closest thing we have to a home meet,” coach Bernie Pearce said. “Lauren’s leap was particularly gratifying to the coaches and a relief to her, since her practice performance jumps were iffy the past two weeks. She is one who seems to rise to the occasion when it’s game time.
“The boys 4x800 group is on a mission to continue lowering the time,” Pearce added. “Our distance folks seem to be strengthening at the right time… As for the thrower’s relay, it’s a classic novelty event, and for us, it gives us a chance to mix in with the big dogs from the other schools.”
Also leading the Trojans was Fedel, a junior who finished second in the high jump with a personal-best 6-0. Senior Cody Geist also had a personal-best performance in the event (5-8), placing fourth. He also added a sixth-place finish in the long jump (18-11/4).
Senior hurdler Ethan Fries is getting back to normal after recovering from an ankle injury suffered during the boys’ basketball team’s state-tournament run in March. He took third in the 110 hurdles (16.76) and seventh in the 300 hurdles (44.55).
Shafer, a junior, finished fifth in the shot put with a personal-best 41-7, while Schoenebaum added an eighth-place finish in the 3,200 with a personal-best 11:00.5.
The boys’ team also had three eighth-place finishes in the 400 (49.33), 800 (1:50.85) and 1,600 (3:49.59) relays. Fedel, Grant Zimmerman, Shafer, and Geist ran the 400 relay; Fedel, Zimmerman, Ben Anderson, and Kenneth Wilson ran the 800 relay; and Fries, Fedel, Shafer, and Geist combined for the 1,600 relay.
The boys’ team amassed 37 points to finish 10th in the team standings.
For the girls’ squad, placing behind Hagemeyer – who also finished sixth in the 400 (1:08.05) – was the 3,200 relay of Mickala Palmer, Rocky King, Sierra Macfarlane, and Brittney Manzagol (fifth, 12:38.05); the 800 relay of Geordyn MacDougall, Stephanie Ficco, Riley Arrington, and Meghan Kroschel-Wilbur (sixth, 1:57.07); the 1,600 relay of MacDougall, Palmer, Kroschel-Wilbur, and Ficco (sixth, 4:43.4); and the 800 medley relay of Jamie Salazar, Arrington, Kroschel-Wilbur, and Ficco (sixth, 2:02.53).
As a team, the girls accumulated 26 points to finish in 10th place.
The next competition for the Trojans will be in Bayfield on Saturday, May 3. They will compete as independents in the Tri-League meet, which will consist of teams from the Intermountain League, the San Juan Basin League and the Southern Peaks League.