Local track club posts indoor firsts

Durango club athletes compete in Boulder

The COHIPAC Track Club, a USA Track and Field-affiliated track program for high school and middle school athletes in the Durango area, competed in its first meet of the indoor season recently in Boulder.

The COHIPAC athletes, led by head coach David McMillan and assistant Steve Thyfault, collected a number of top finishes in the competition at historic Balch Fieldhouse at the University of Colorado.

The COHIPAC team was paced by Shannon Maloney and Joe Maloney, the sister-brother combination that reached the podium last fall at the CHSAA State Cross Country Championships in Colorado Springs.

Shannon Maloney won the 1,000 meters in her division. She also was first in the 1,500 open all-comers race.

Joe Maloney, also won the 1,000-meter run in his age-group. He also won the 1,500 open race in an all-comers meet record.

Seamus Millett, a freshman, won first place in the 1,500 in his 13-14 age group.

Other COHIPAC athletes who competed are Hannah Hwang, Miranda Gallegos, Mckenzie Marciante, Devin Lewis, Shane Bisogno, Jaoquin Valdez, Edgar Arias and Garrett Mulkey.

“Our winter training program is geared toward improving strength, power, aerobic conditioning and technique,” McMillan said in a news release to The Durango Herald.

“Indoor track consists of the standard running, throwing and jumping events. But competition often is on small, tight 200-meter tracks,” McMillan said.

He said the team will head to Albuquerque this week for the annual Duke City Invite on Friday.

On Feb. 1-2, the team will compete in the UHSTC event at Salt Lake City.

On Feb. 17, the indoor season will close with the Air Force Open at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs.

McMillan said the team meets from 4-6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at DHS.

“We have between 20 and 28 athletes showing up for practice. It’s lots of fun to be invovled with this group of motivated kids,” said McMillan, also the head cross country and track coach at Durango High School.