Spring break was the only thing that slowed down the Durango High School track team Saturday at the annual Palmer Terror Invitational in Colorado Springs.
“We only took seven girls and four boys because of spring break,” Durango head coach Mark Dutro said. “But we did really well. It was a good day for us.”
The DHS girls finished tied for seventh in spite of their limited numbers.
The small boys team from DHS finished eighth.
Doherty won the boys title; Pine Creek won the girls title.
Durango distance runner Joe Maloney won the 3,200 in Colorado Springs in 10:04.
“That was a great run,” Dutro said after Maloney rebounded from a nagging knee problem.
“The great thing was he ran a negative split,” Dutro said, explaining that Maloney ran the second half of the race faster than the first.
“It was good to see him relaxed and running well,” Dutro said.
Teammate Jared Blake, one of the premier hurdlers in Colorado, won the 110-meter high hurdles at the Palmer Terror Invitational. He ran 14.97 against a fast field.
“And he didn’t have a clean start. He was in sixth place at the first hurdle,” Dutro said.
Blake managed to close the gap with explosive action between the hurdles,” his coach said.
“He was getting his lead leg down quickly. He was aggressive,” Dutro said. “And there was a lot of talent in that race.”
Blake came back to finish third in the 300 hurdles in a personal-best time of 39.48.
“That was an all-time PR for him,” Dutro said.
Blake also teamed with Shane Bisogno, Devin Lewis and Maloney to help DHS finish second in the boys 4x400 relay. They ran 3:31, a season-best.
Lewis also qualified for the finals in the 100 meters in Colorado Springs, eventually finishing fifth.
“And there was a lot of smoke in the sprints,” Dutro said.
The DHS girls 4x800 relay team finished second in a fast 9:56 on Saturday.
“That’s good ... under 10 minutes twice now. It was a good race,” he said after the Demons finished second to The Classical Academy.
Madeigh Winsor, Shannon Maloney, Karli Foreman and Dominique Ward teamed for the Demons. The same foursome also finished second in the 4x400. Their 4:12 was a personal best.
Foreman also collected an individual second place in the 800 in 2:24. Winsor was in third.
Shannon Maloney, just a freshman, also finished fifth in the open 400 meters (6.075).
The Demons will send a junior varsity contingent to Bayfield on Saturday for the annual Pine River Invitational track and field meet. Most of the DHS varsity will have the weekend off.