Change of pace, but pace is fast

DHS boys third, girls fourth in Farmington

The Durango High School boys and girls track and field teams had several solid finishes at the Farmington Invitational on Saturday, leading to a third-place finish for the boys and fourth for the girls in the team competition.

The DHS boys finished with 73 points, with Aztec coming out on top with 133.

The DHS girls scored 63˝ points, with host Farmington victorious at 112˝.

In a change of pace, DHS head coach Mark Dutro placed usual hurdles stalwart Jared Blake into the nonhurdle 100-, 200- and 400-meter races. Blake finished first in the 400 in 52.26 seconds and was second in the 100 and 200.

“Our plan was to give him some opportunities to kind of work on different aspects of the race,” Dutro said. “Do some speed stuff, do over-distance stuff just to help out his hurdles.”

DHS had a strong day in the field events as well:

Dane Mestas won the high jump with a personal-best 6-foot jump, and teammate Gabe Gilleland was second at 5-6.

Austin Miles set a personal-best in the shot put at 45 feet, 5 inches, finishing second. Miles was third at 115-11 in the shot put.

McKenzie Sill was third for the Demons in the girls high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches.

The DHS girls 4x400 team of Madeigh Winsor, Katerina Seibert, Karli Foreman and Dominique Ward finished first in 4 minutes, 15.33 seconds, while the 1600 medley team of Amy Ralston, Foreman, Emily Schaldach and Seibert finished second in 4:47.37.

Durango placed six in the top-10 of the 400, led by Ward in first place and Foreman in third.

“It turned out really well. The plan was that all these girls are kind of vying for the 4x400 spot, spots in the open race, things like that, so we threw all our kids into it,” Dutro said.

Durango pulled another impressive double in the girls mile, with Hannah Peterson and Schaldach taking first and second, respectively.

“It wasn’t deep, but still, a 1-2 finish with our girls, it’s still good for them,” Dutro said.

Mariah Dorsey was second in the girls 800 for DHS.

Dakota Sutherlin finished fourth in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles.

Hannah Hwang was fourth in the 100 and 200, while Sill was third in the 200.

“We had a good day for a lot of the kids,” Dutro said.