It was another big weekend for the field athletes of Durango High School track and field.
The Demons came away with three wins from their field athletes at the Tiger Invitational in Grnd Junction.
Long jumper Kaelen Waters set a personal best - 21 feet, 6½ inches - en route to winning his event. Fellow long jumper
Tasha Fitts won the girls event with a 17-11. The jump was a personal best for Fitts, too, and she broke the school
record in the process.
That was a huge jump for her," DHS head coach Mark Dutro said of his third-place long jump finisher at the CHSAA Class
5A Track and Field Championships last year.
In the shot put, Lindsay Chamblee threw 38 feet, 8¼ inches, winning the event and setting a personal record by 13
inches. According to Dutro, she is ranked third or fourth in the state in the 5A shot put.
Chamblee placed third in the discus with a 103-1, and her younger sister Maggie Chamblee placed seventh in the
Aaron Grushkin placed fourth in the boys shot put with a throw of 43-7.
Our headliners were definitely those field athletes," Dutro said. They did great (Saturday)."
On the track, DHS sophomore Karli Foreman won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 43.80 seconds, improving her personal record set
last weekend by seven seconds. Foreman came in fourth in the mile with a time of 5:34.04.
The girls 4x200-meter relay team of Fitts, Lindsey Jankowski, Hannah Hwang and Morgen Dorsey placed third with a
season-best time of 1:51.82.
The 4x400 team of Fitts, Miranda Lashell, Jankowski and Dorsey also placed third.
The 4x800 team of Madeigh Winsor, Nora Schweitz, Erin Kinney and Lashell placed fourth with a time of 10:23.04.
For the DHS boys, senior sprinter Gus Barnes won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.46 seconds.
Jared Blake placed second in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 41.11 seconds, a personal record in the event by one second.
The 4x200 team of AJ Anderson, Waters, Jordy King and Barnes placed fourth with a time of 1:31.97.
The 4x400 team of King, Blake, Waters and Barnes finished third with a time of 3:29. The relay team, according to
Dutro, is ranked near the top 10 in the state.
Overall, a lot of kids had personal records (Saturday), even if they didn't place well," Dutro said. That bodes well
for our future with all of these younger kids improving week to week."
The Demons will host the Southwestern League Championships on Friday and Saturday at DHS Stadium. Both the boys and
girls teams won the SWL meet last year.
Next week with the league meet, we have one more shot to get some more relays and individuals into the state meet,"
The teams also will be looking to defend their champion status on their home track.
We won it last year, so of course we want to go out and do it again this year," Dutro said.