Big team, big results for Bobcats

Ignacio High School took its largest track team since 2002 to the Bloomfield-Kirtland Quad on Thursday and came away with a strong showing.

While team results weren’t immediately available, the Bobcats had 14 top-six finishes on the girls side and 10 such finishes on the boys side Thursday in New Mexico.

“As a team, we have set a goal to make an impact on the league this year by placing many athletic young men and young women in a variety of events,” IHS head coach Kathy Herrera said in an email to The Durango Herald.

Michelle Simmons picked up a pair of wins, one solo and one as part of a relay. She was first in the high jump, clearing 5-feet as Sky Cotton, Ellie Seibel, Dashona Lloyd and Jerica Jackson led IHS to a sweep of the top five in the event. Simmons also joined the 4x100-meter relay team of Lloyd, Dynesha Drake and Cortney Wilson-Baker to finish first.

Wyatt Hayes picked up a victory in the 800 in 2 minutes, 11.9 seconds, and Klayson Smith won the high jump, clearing 6-feet as Kyle Bailey and Nicholas Herrera came in second and third, respectively.

Drake was second in the 100 at 14.04 seconds with Lloyd .15 seconds behind in fourth. Kiana Thompson was third in the discus with a throw of 77 feet, 1 inch, while Sky Cotton was second in the long jump at 15-3.25 as teammate Amya Bison finished fifth.

Seibel was fourth in the 300 hurdles at 57.36 seconds, while Chrystianne Valdez was fourth in the pole vault, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches. Thompson also was sixth in the shot put at 24-3.5.

The 4x100 boys relay of Charles Rohde, Herrera, Blaine Mickey and Mike Perez was second in 48.31 seconds, while the 4x200 relay team of Austin Haire, Hayes, Perez and Rohde was second in 1:38.83.

Adam Herrera was second in the 200 in 24.09 seconds, while Rohde and Hayes tied for second in the long jump at 18-6.5.

Perez added a fourth-place finish in the 110 hurdles in 19.14 seconds, while Haire was fifth in the discus at 112 feet, 8 inches.