BAYFIELD - The Wolverines were looking for the good times Saturday.
They found them, along with a lot more, at the Southwest Colorado Multi-League Track Championships at Wolverine
The Bayfield High School track teams found good times, good jumps, good throws and good weather in winning the
Intermountain League titles in both the girls and boys divisions at the multi-conference meet.
Along the way, the Wolverines set a school record, tied a stadium record and breached state qualifying standards in a
pair of relays: the boys high jump and the boys pole vault.
The girls really stepped up," Bayfield head coach Sherry Kimball said after collecting a pair of IML championship
In the (girls) 4x200, we were kind of expecting (a state-qualifying run)," Kimball said. But the 4x100, that was
unexpected. But it was a really good run for those girls and a good time."
The Bayfield 4x100 team of Lisa Wickman, Destini McGhehey, Caitlin Simbeck and Jacey Sirios - racing for the first
time as a unit - stunned the field to win in 50.90 seconds, well under the state standard of 52.00.
Earlier in the day, the BHS 4x200 team of Wickman, Simbeck, Sierra Aten and Patty Powers won the IML title in
1:48.98, below the state line of 1:49.20.
We executed like we practiced," Sirios said after the 4x100 victory. This is the first time we've run together."
She said after practicing all week, they had good handoffs in winning the relay and a trip to state.
We knew we had some strong runners, but it's a matter of putting it together," said Sirios, a junior.
The two BHS state-qualifying relays - and a school-record high jump of 5-6 by senior Myra Dean - helped the BHS girls
total 117 points. Pagosa Springs was second (85) with Centauri third (54) and Monte Vista fourth (16).
The Bayfield boys won their IML title with 119 points. Pagosa was second (83), followed by Centauri (43) and Monte
Dean, who already had prequalified for the CHSAA Class 3A State Track Championships in Denver, started the day in
record-setting fashion when she broke the BHS high jump mark and matched the stadium record by gliding over 5-6 on
her second try.
The Bayfield senior leaped back onto the landing pad to celebrate before sharing a big hug with Kimball, her jump
Just seconds earlier, Kimball had offered simple words of advice: Just like in practice just like in practice."
Dean's record jump came during a hectic week that includes BHS graduation today and the UNLV signee's 18th birthday
I really, really, really wanted to break that (school) record," Dean said. I wanted it."
She said the busy schedule helped relax her for Saturday's meet.
Dean nearly cleared 5-7, just touching the bar on the way down on her third and final try.
I was so close on that last one," she said.
Her jump of 5-6 tied the Wolverine Country Stadium record set in 2001 by Cindy McCarroll of Centauri.
Dean later watched Chris Isaac of the Wolverines win the boys high jump and qualify for state by clearing 6-2 1/4.
I started at a different height (Saturday)," Isaac said I started at 5-8. I usually start at 5-6."
He said fewer attempts helped him over bar and the state-qualifying standard of 6-2.
It feels so nice to prequalify," Isaac said.
Teammates Travis Stuever and Jacob Hetrick agreed.
The two BHS pole vaulters cleared 13-0 to qualify for state, finishing first and second, respectively.
Hetrick had prequalified earlier; now he'll be joined by Stuever, who won Saturday on fewer misses at lower heights.
In addition to their state qualifiers, the Wolverines also had a number of top finishes, including twin wins by
senior Taylor Swanemyr and sophomore Seth Posey.
Posey won the shot (46-5) and the javelin (130-3).
Swanemyr, who has signed to play football at Fort Lewis College next year, won the triple jump (41-4) and the long
Aaron Velasquez was second in the discus (135-5) and third in the high jump (5-8).
The BHS boys 4x200 relay team was first Saturday behind Brandon Phelps, Tanner Paulek, Alex Araujo and Swanemyr
Bayfield distance aces Derek Laue and John Cusick won the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively. Laue ran 4:38.72 for the
1,600. He also won the 800 in 2:05.86.
Cusick dominated the 3,200, winning in 10:41.54.
Aten, a state qualifier on the BHS girls 4x200 team, won the girls 100-meter dash (13.49) to lead a 1-2-3 Bayfield
sweep. Simbeck was second and Powers third.
Powers also finished second in the 200 (27.93). Aten was third.
Bayfield's Haley Goddard won the 300 hurdles (51.25).
BHS sophomore Candace Shaw won the discus (104-0) and the javelin (97-0).
Class 2A San Juan League In the Class 2A San Juan League meet Saturday at Bayfield, the Mancos boys and the Dolores
girls won their respective titles.
The Ignacio (137) boys, led by quadruple-winner Oakley Hayes, were second to Mancos (189). The Telluride boys
finished third (79). Dolores was fourth (40).
The Dolores girls totaled 176 points to dominate the San Juan race. Telluride was second (110). The Mancos girls
finished third (69.5).
(Saturday), I was trying to work on my stride," said Hayes, the Ignacio senior who won San Juan League titles in the
400 (50.79) and the 200 (24.02).
Hayes also ran on Ignacio's winning 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.
I tried to stay relaxed," Hayes said of his 400 victory - his second in less than 51 seconds.
He also credited teammate Chance Wyatt for his competition during workouts.
Wyatt, who was second to Hayes in the 400, ran on both relay teams along with Ethan Pearson and Shane Brooks.
Pearson also won the San Juan pole vault title (10-0). Teammate Casey Haga was second (9-6).
Terence Whyte of the Bobcats was second in the long jump (16-11).
Alex Herrera, the Ignacio senior who will play basketball at Fort Lewis College next year, won the discus (136-6), leading a 1-2-3 sweep for the Bobcats.
Brooks was second (123-7), and Shane Richmond finished third (115-6).
It wasn't my best throw, but we got the job done," Brooks said after the 1-2-3 discus sweep.
Brooks said the Bobcats really focused on winning the two relay titles.
While the Mancos boys won the league title behind two victories by distance runner Eric Lewis (800 and 1,600), the
Dolores girls won their title behind a record 4x100 relay team that earned a state berth with one of the fastest
Class 2A times of the spring (50.91).
Kelsey Corbin of Mancos was a double winner in the girls 1,600 and 3,200.
Norwood's Lindsey Stindt was a triple winner in the San Juan League meet - 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump.
The Class 2A Southern Peaks League also staged its conference championships Saturday at Bayfield. Del Norte won the
boys title over Sargent (148-146). Center was third (70).
The Sanford girls, led by sophomore Tori Mortensen, won their division over Del Norte (140-124) and Sargent
Mortensen, a standout basketball player, won the Southern Peaks long jump (14-7 1/4) and 100 hurdles (17.38). She
finished second in the 100 meters (13.76) and second in the triple jump (32-2).