Moscow teams medal six at Ingalls meet
By KEVIN THOMPSON
INGALLS — Kinsley, and Hodgeman County may have finished one-two in both boys and girls divisions of the Ingalls Invitational on Thursday, but it was the performances of a group of Moscow boys that will remain indelible in the minds of the meet's spectators.
Kinsley, with only two first-place medals, won the boys division with 75 points to edge Hodgeman County, which had 70 with just one gold medal.
Kinsley also won the girls side, 94-81 over Hodgeman County, despite the Longhorns' 4-2 edge on gold medals.
Moscow only medaled eight times, but six of those were gold.
Osvaldo Granillo won both the 100-meter, and 200-meter sprints while Raymundo Garcia ran away with both the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs.
And both of them teamed up with Breck Roop, and Jonatan Manriquez to win the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Last season the Moscow foursome surprised everybody — including themselves — by winning those two relays at state.
They're all back this season, and this time they have "repeat" on their minds and "records" in their plans.
"They know that the bullseye's on them," Moscow coach Aaron Roop said. "They know they're going to have to work harder than everybody else. It's good motivation for them to tell them sombody's out there training hard to get them."
This is the first meet for the group as the three juniors just returned from a trip to Germany, so they're basically two weeks behind in training, coach Roop said.
Early on, the Moscow boys, winning by nearly 40 seconds, were all about preserving energy and hitting a stride.
Granillo ran a 2:08 split for the first leg lead, and the other three came in around 2:14 to complete the race.
"They all wanted to get in around 2:15, so they accomplished that today," coach Roop said.
Garcia, the returning senior in this group, said they have their eyes set on a lofty goal,
"We're trying to go for the state record this time, 8:04," Garcia said.
The final race of the day, the 4x400, was run in chilly and blustery conditions.
But that didn't faze Moscow. Manriquez ran a 57.9 first leg split, two seconds behind South Gray's Wyatt Slaven. Then Breck Roop caught South Gray on the final curve and opened a lead on the staightaway.
Granillo widened that lead on the back side, splitting in 58.2 and Garcia finished off the race with a 56.8 split.
"They're very focused after last year," coach Roop said. "We went (into state) a bit green and figured as long as they were there they might as well do something. This year they come in with a new idea that they can go back and prove what they can do."
Granillo won the 100 in great conditions but had to battle the cold wind in the 200.
His time of 23.21 was right around his best from last year, and he said this race felt pretty gratifying, especially early in the season.
"I've been working a lot on coming out of the blocks then how to run to time it perfectly," he said.
Garcia's victories were created by hard work and good training, his coach said.
"He's been working hard." Rood said. "He's just one of those kids who has the will to win and doesn't want anyone to beat him. He's really focusing and working on mechanics to look smooth."
Slaven won the 400-meter dash in 52.01, close to his personal best.
Ivan Robles of Deerfield won the long jump with 18-07.5 and finished second in the 300 hurdles. Trey DeLaRosa was second in the javelin.
Dalton Brooks was Ingalls' top placer with a second in the 100 and third in the 200.
On the girls side, Bucklin's Anni Price won golds in the 100-meter hurdles and both the 800 and 1600 runs.
The only other double winner for the girls was Satanta's Stephanie Caro, who picked up gold in both the 100 (12.69 seconds) and 200 (27.35).
She admitted that the latter race was tough as she had to kick into overdrive to overtake Kara Minor of Minneola in the final 10 meters.
"I just pretty much screamed," she said. "It was a tough race."
Her coach, Jeremy Hazen, said Caro can credit her results to working on the blocks.
"I used to call her an old Cadillac where it takes her a while to get started but then she gets going fast," he joked. "Now she's actually coming out even with the girls in the blocks."
Satanta's girls also picked up a second-place in the 4x100 relay.
The only other two-gold winners for the girls was Hodgeman County, picking up two of the three relay wins.
Ashley Dahle of Moscow was just two inches shy of first in the shot put. Teammate Daisy Flores placed third in the 1600.
Deerfield's girls were led by Mariah Smith, who finished third in the discus, Hailey Novack with a third in the long jump, and Bridget Crandall, third in the 100-meter hurdles.
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