Bluejays tracksters sweep in Lakin
By KEVIN THOMPSON
By KEVIN THOMPSON
LAKIN — Something about a nice spring day after a winter storm seems to get the better of tracksters.
Such was the case in Lakin Tuesday where five teams competed in a Hi-Plains League divisional meet just two days after snow and ice raced through the area.
Cimarron won both divisions over host Lakin, 148-135 in the boys, and 126.33-96.66 in the girls.
The Cimarron boys won 10 events to Lakin's six to score the victory.
They were led by triple winners Ty Clarke and Eduardo Trevino, the latter coming from 10 yards back on the final leg of the 4x400 relay to win the event by 10 yards.
Trevino had earlier won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Clarke took gold in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints as well as the high jump, his favorite event where he jumped 6 feet flat.
"My forte is in high jump," the state qualifier said. "But if I could go in the sprints then I'd try my hardest to do that."
His jump is just two inches short of his best last year, but he thinks he has much more in him this year.
"Hopefully 6-6, at least," he said.
Eli Valentine won the discus for the Bluejays, AJ Cooper the javelin, and Isaac Stanley the 1,600 meters to pace Cimarron.
Lakin's Robert Aparicio matched his season high in the pole vault at 13-06.
Three girls recorded individual triple wins.
Syracuse's Mia Wilson won the long jump, triple jump and 100 meters.
Stanton County's Jenna Black won the 800- and 1,600-meter races, as well as the javelin.
And Cimarron's Morgan Ediger won the pole vault, the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team.
For Black, the 800 meters (2:36.50) was a test of will.
"I do not like the 800, but I'm trying to get better in it," she said, shaking her head.
Her specialties are the longer distance races, but this is an event where she'll try her luck. And her 5:45.09 in the 1600? Not her best time, but better than she ran a year ago.
Also new to her is the javelin, her first year in competition because it's something different from running.
Her 86-02 is a foot better than her recent personal best, but she knows she has more in her.
"I just started full approach yesterday, so I'm hoping I'll throw farther when I get my full approach down," she said.
Ediger, the defending state champion in the 300-meter hurdles, ran a 50.27, acceptable for the moment.
It was her first time ever in competition with the 100-meter hurdles, though, and she was pleased with her winning time of 17.09 seconds.
Teams will be back in action Tuesday at either Scott City or Stanton County.
Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.