Edwards runs into a new Bayfield record

Bayfield High School had a picture-perfect day to open its track and field season, and the Wolverines didn’t slip on a single banana peel, either, thank you very much.

Bayfield was one of 27 teams and the Wolverines a part of nearly 1,000 athletes to compete at the Banana Belt Classic on Saturday in Pueblo, and BHS competed well, too.

“I’d say the star performance of the day was Eva-Lou Edwards,” BHS head coach Sherri Kimball said.

Edwards won the 3,200-meter run in a BHS record 11 minutes, 41 seconds, then she finished fifth in the 1,600 in 5:34.

Samantha Espinoza earned a podium finish in the discus. She finished eighth with a throw of 100 feet, 1 inch.

Kimball was impressed with Mikaela Knickerbocker, too. Fresh off the girls basketball season, the birthday girl finished ninth in the 100-meter hurdles – “and that’s without a lot of practice,” Kimball said. “She really performed well.”

The BHS boys podium finishes:

Keith Wickman finished third in the 100-meter dash.

Michael Hawkins finished fourth in the shot put, throwing 45 feet, 9½ inches.

TJ Pazell finished fourth in the long jump, jumping 19’7¾.

Aubrey Brown finished fifth in the discus, throwing 135’8.

Michael Ross finished fifth in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.

BHS will compete at the Piedra Vista Invitational next Saturday in Farmington.

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