Wolverine Country Stadium will become the track capital of the Four Corners on Saturday.
The stadium at Bayfield High School will host the Southwest Colorado Multi-League Championships with 24 schools and
more than 500 athletes scheduled to participate.
The meet will serve as the league championships for three conferences: the Class 3A Intermountain League, the Class 2A
San Juan League and the 2A Southern Peaks League.
The meet will be run as a singular meet, with athletes from all three conferences competing against each other in
preliminaries and then finals.
The fastest qualifiers, regardless of school classification or conference, will advance to the finals. The same is true
for the field events.
The meet, however, will be scored as three separate meets, with individual and team scoring for each of the three
We'll run it as one meet," meet director and Bayfield head coach Sherry Kimball said. We will put the fastest kids in
the final, running against each other. That will give the kids the chance for their fastest possible times."
She said the meet is time-certified with the BHS computer timing system. Thus, state-qualifying times can be earned for
the 2A and 3A athletes.
Some of the smaller schools have some really fast kids," Kimball said. She said a number of top 2A athletes will be
competing at Wolverine Country Stadium.
The San Juan League teams entered are Ignacio, Mancos, Dolores, Dove Creek, Nucla, Naturita and Telluride.
The Southern Peaks League high schools are Antonito, Centennial (San Luis), Center, Creede, Crested Butte, Del Norte,La Veta, Mountain Valley (Saguache), Sangre de Cristo (Mosca), Sierra Grande (Blanca), Moffat, Sanford and Sargent.
The Intermountain League is Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, Monte Vista and Centauri.
With warm weather in the forecast, many athletes and relay teams will be shooting for those prestigious
We're really looking forward to the girls 4x400 relay," Kimball said. We're close, and we should have a chance to
A relay qualifier would join three Bayfield athletes who have prequalified in their respective events.
Myra Dean, the BHS high jumper who has signed to jump at UNLV next year, leads the prequalifiers with a season-high
jump of 5-5.
Bayfield pole vaulters Jacob Hetrick and Travis Stuever also have prequalified. Hetrick's season-high is 13-0, set on
his home course. He'll jump at the Colorado School of Mines next year.
There are a number of other prequalified state athletes on the start list for the Multi-League Championships in
Oakley Hayes, an Ignacio senior, has qualified for state in the 400 meters. He ran a 50.85 at the Ron Keller
Invitational at Durango High School two weeks ago.
Mancos distance runners Eric Lewis (1,600) and Kelsey Corbin (3,200) have attained prequalifying standards for state in
Other distance prequalifiers include Kelly Lamb of Creede (girls 1,600 and 3,200), Rachel Hampton of Telluride (3,200),and Erin Kelly of Crested Butte (3,200).
Pagosa Springs' sprinter Willie Wilkins is a state qualifier in the 200 meters.
Norwood hurdler Lindsey Stindt is a 2A prequalifier in the 100-meter hurdles and the
Long jumpers Lexi Atkinson of Dolores and Gabby Pajak of Pagosa Springs will compete Saturday. They are state
prequalifiers in 2A and 3A, respectively.
Pajak also has prequalified in the triple jump along with teammate Toni Stoll and Brooke Claunch of Monte Vista.
Monte Vista discus thrower Kristjian Malouff and Norwood discus thrower Mollie Lane also will bring their state
credentials to Wolverine Country Stadium on Saturday.
Events will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The javelin throw (a nonofficial Colorado prep event until next season) will be
held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Most of the running event finals will be held Saturday afternoon in Bayfield.