BAYFIELD – A cold front rolled through the middle of Saturday’s Pine River Invitational inside Wolverine Country Stadium, and while there were flurries and cloud cover, nothing cooled down red-hot Bayfield senior Jordan Lanning, as she set three new stadium records and won all four events she competed in during her final home meet.
Lanning set the stadium record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.30 seconds, the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches and the long jump at 18-9.25. She also won the 300 hurdles in convincing fashion.
“It was pretty good all things considered,” Lanning said. “Heading into today, I knew that it was going to be my last home meet here, so I wanted to perform well. I cleared a 5-8 in the high jump, so that was a good start to my day. I had to run back and forth with the long jump, but I did pretty good there, as well, and I was pretty happy about that.”
Bayfield’s Mikayla Barnes took second in the shot put with a throw of 36-01 inch. Paired with Lanning, that helped lead the Wolverines to a sixth-place finish Saturday with 50 points.
Durango High School’s girls team won its third meet of the season and its second in as many weeks, as the Demons finished with 154 points. Alamosa took second with 115½. Montezuma-Cortez was third with 84, while Ignacio was seventh with 22½ points.
Durango also won the boys team title, as the Demons finished up with 161.33 points, Alamosa was second with 140.33, Cortez was third with 91.20 and IHS was sixth with 25.
The Durango girls 4x200 relay team, which consisted of Cassandra Blau, Anna Pylar, Emma Fitzgerald and Bekah Moenning, won with a time of 1:48.48, while the Demons also won the 4x800 relay, with the team of of Madeleine Burns, Fitzgerald, Angela McManus and Moenning won in 10:01.62.
“Our girls relay teams were fantastic today,” DHS head coach Johnny Bertrand said. “Our 4x8 and 4x2 teams ran really good times and are right around where they need to be to qualify for state. We saw some great competition out there today and, along with last week on the Front Range, we’ve been tested. It’s a good spot to be in right now to get some confidence in everyone when we’re home for these two or three weeks because we’ll be up in Denver or Grand Junction for the final push, so this was what we needed.”
The DHS girls had two other winners, as Danielle Lee won the pole vault at 8-06. Hannah Whitmer of BHS was second with an 8-foot vault. Durango’s Camren Hyde won the triple jump with a jump of 31-7.25, while Alyssa McConnell tied second in the high jump with a jump of 5-feet.
Alex Hise had another stellar day on the boys side for the Demons, as he won the 100-meter dash in 11.53 seconds and was second in the 200 with a time of 23.29. He was four-tenths of a second behind Alamosa’s Chase Smith, who won in 23.25.
Hise out-performed the competition in the long jump with a jump with a winning leap of 22-04. Cade Cowan of Pagosa Springs was second with a 20-10 jump.
“My jump today was definitely a lot better than I’ve been jumping the past couple of weeks,” Hise said. “But it still isn’t where I want it to be. This time last year, I jumped a 22-0, and was just a half-inch off of the stadium record. That was a benchmark heading into today. I’m not super disappointed about it, but it would’ve been nice to get that, but I still feel like I’m improving and hope I can continue it.”
Durango had other winners on the day, as Maxton Warman won the 400 in 53.19. In the long-distance events, Durango’s Noah Bodewes won in the 1,600 with a time of 4:34.15. In the 3,200, Paul Knight crossed the line in 10:44.67 ahead of Ignacio’s Elco Garcia, who was second in 10:55.31. The Demons had one win in the relays, as the 4x800 team of Logan Moore, Marcus Flint, Luke Tichi and Aidan Fitzgerald won in 8:16.08, while Bayfield’s Kaden Barnesm Royce Hinojosa, Rylan Ross and Zeb Shields placed third in 9:41.62
Bayfield head coach Josh Walton looked for special performances from his senior class, and he got them. David Hawkins won the shot put by nearly six feet with a toss of 53-09, as Caden Showalter of Mancos was second with a 47-06. In the discus, Showalter edged Bayfield’s Josh Kaufman, as his throw went 143-03 feet while Kaufman’s was 141-01. The other Bayfield win came from pole vaulter Dawson French, who had a vault of 13-feet, while Ignacio’s Jason Hampton-Foutz was second at 10-feet.
“Jordan did fantastic despite being a little bit sick earlier in the week,” Walton said of Lanning’s big day. “Mikayla Barnes was right where she’s been pretty much all season. David Hawkins continues to do awesome, Mylee Sanders did really well in a couple of relays and the 100 and 200, Olivia Keitz stepped up for us in the 4x4 and ran really well in our first 4x4 this season, and Hannah Whitmer had an awesome jump. This senior class is super special and they all had great days.”
For Ignacio High School, Lexy Young finished fourth in the 200 with a time of 29.73 seconds, while Charlize Valdez finished in fifth in the 1,600 with a time of 6:10.86. Valdez also was second in the 3,200 in 13:33.49..
All three schools will compete at the Ron Keller Invitational Saturday at Durango High School.