The Durango High School track and field team took advantage of hot weather Saturday at the annual Tiger Relays in Grand Junction: The Demons won a number of events, posted a bigger number of personal bests and battled to avoid sunburn.
“We had a decent weekend,” Durango head coach Mark Dutro said. “And it was really hot here,” he said of Saturday’s action at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
Senior Jared Blake won both hurdles’ races Saturday, taking the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediates.
“There was no pressure for him. We just had him work on his technique ... it was a good training day,” Dutro said of Blake, one of the top hurdlers in Colorado.
“He had a big day,” Dutro said. “He won both hurdles and ran a leg of the 4x400 in (a span of) about 4 hours.”
Blake teamed with Joe Maloney, Shane Bisogno and Devin Lewis to give the Demons a victory in the 4x400 (3:30.26).
Durango’s 4x800 boys relay team also won Saturday. The Demons’ squad of Maloney, Colin Francom, Trent Andrews and Alastair McMillan won in 8:25.85. The time was DHS’s best this season by 7 seconds. It also ranks the DHS boys among the top 10 in the state in Class 4A.
“We had several PR (personal record) drops in that race, and that really helped,” Dutro said.
Lewis won the 200 meters and finished third in the 100 on Saturday. Lewis ran 23.07 in the qualifying rounds of the 200. He ran 11.27, a PR in the 100 qualifier.
“He’s been really consistent in the 100,” Dutro said.
Maloney also finished second in the open 800 at the Tiger Relays (2:00.10).
Dane Mestas added a runner-up in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) to help the DHS boys win the Tiger Invitational with 86 points. Fruita Monument was second, one point back. Horizon finished third (82).
Freshman Shannon Maloney led the DHS girls. She won the 1,600 meters in 5:10.91 with a lean at the tape.
“That was a nice race. It was her second best mile of the year,” Dutro said. “It worked out better than we anticipated.”
Shannon Maloney also ran on Durango’s winning 4x400 girls relay team. She joined with Karli Foreman, Hannah Hwang and Dominique Ward to clock a 4:03.88. The time was a six-second PR for the DHS girls.
The Durango girls 4x800 relay team finished second Saturday with a new lineup. Foreman, Ward and Maloney were joined by Katerina Seibert to run 9:56.11.
Durango’s 4x200 relay team also finished second. That team featured Foreman, Hwang, Ward and freshman Miranda Gallegos.
Gallegos also took second in the girls long jump at 15-3½.
The DHS girls finished fourth in team scoring with 64 points. Fruita Monument won with 86 points. Grand Junction was second (75) and Telluride third (68.5).
Durango will head to the Southwestern League Championships next Friday and Saturday in Cortez.