With slightly more than half the team competing because of spring break travel plans, the Ignacio boys track team finished third at the Harry Hayes Invitational in Bloomfield on Saturday, an event that saw a few teams pull out because of concerns about inclement weather. The Bobcat girls also had two solid performances.
The Bayfield boys and girls finished second at the meet.
"To come out with third place is outstanding for us," Ignacio High School head coach Kathy Herrera said.
Ignacio senior Abel Velasquez took first in shot put and discus.
"We're seeing wonderful things out of him," Herrera said.
Junior Shane Brooks had a strong day in his many distinct disciplines, taking second in discus, sixth in the 400, fourth in high jump and fourth in javelin.
The latter event is not a part of the Colorado High School Activities Association events, and the Bobcats' quarterback was happy to show off his wares.
"He just loves to throw things," Herrera said of the three-sport star.
Brooks' basketball teammate Oakley Hayes took first in the 400-meter dash, an event Herrera expects him to finish first or second in the state finals. Hayes finished runner-up in the 100-meter dash.
"He's already improved on his 400 time from last season," Herrera said. "He's a very focused young man."
Yet another transplant from the basketball team that finished fourth in state, Terrence Whyte was fifth in the high jump.
Katelyn Fivers led the Ignacio girls team, finishing fourth in the 100 and pole vault, an event Herrera is trying to teach to more of the girls, particularly because the competition in the region is light.
Santana Rodriguez took fifth in the high jump.
"We're really strong, field event-wise," Herrera said.
The Bobcats, with the remainder of their squad back from spring break, will compete in the Pine River Invitational next weekend at Bayfield High School, fielding boys 4x400- and 4x100-meter relay teams that were unable to go in Saturday's short-manned lineup.