Durango thrives on two-track season opener

Demons’ track team earns a handful of firsts and a pair of runners-up

If not bound by the monetary constraints of carrying all 90 student-athletes to the season-opening Valor Christian Invitational on Saturday on the Front Range, then the Durango Demons’ track and field teams would’ve ran away with a pair of runners-up results.

As it is, the Demons’ varsity athletes placed fourth (girls) and fifth (boys) in Highlands Ranch, while the Demons’ junior varsity placed third (boys) and fourth (girls) at the Avid Invitational in Montrose.

“Despite cold and rainy conditions, we had two fantastic meets this past weekend,” DHS head coach David MacMillan said in an email to The Durango Herald.

“If we’d included some of our top JV athletes, we would have placed second in both meets. However, the cost of travel precludes us from taking many more than 30 athletes to bigger meets.”

Durango’s varsity produced a handful of first-place finishes:

Joe Maloney won the 1,600-meter distance run in 4 minutes, 26.45 seconds.

The boys 4x800-meter relay team of Alastair McMillan, Garrett Mulkey, Trent Andrews and Maloney finished first in 8:18.79.

The girls 4x800-meter relay team of Madeigh Winsor, Katerina Seibert, Dominique Ward and Shannon Maloney finished first in 8:52.20.

Gabi Razma won the triple jump in 34 feet, 7 inches.

Mckenzie Marciante won the pole vault in 9 feet, 6 inches.

Austin Miles finished second in the shot put with a throw of 49’5, and Shannon Maloney finished second in the 1-mile in 5:17.10.

DHS will compete at the Mickey Dunn Invitational next weekend in Grand Junction.