BAYFIELD A lot has changed at Bayfield High School since Ron Tates 800-meter relay team set a school record and took second at the state track and field championships.
Instead of competing on the local roads, teams now have a soft artificial track to run on, Tate said, and theres the surrounding glory of the since-renovated school and Wolverine Country Stadium, too.
And Saturday at the Intermountain League Track and Field Championships, something else changed after 32 years: Ron Tates record.
A Bayfield team of Keith Wickman, John Arnold, Joey Webb and Allec Rodriguez posted a time of 1 minute, 33.64 seconds less than half a second better than Tate and his teams 1:34 from 1982.
In some ways its sad because the record has been around for so long, said Tate, father of current Bayfield 400-meter runner Nate Tate. But its nice to see them making those kind of marks.
The record-setting group didnt even take first, either.
The Pagosa Springs team took the lead on an inside lane on the final leg of the race, edging the Wolverines by 11-hundreths of a second for a 1:33.53 finish.
Rodriguez had no idea his team was close to the record.
We just said, Lets go out and run and do the best we can, and we happened to break the school record, said Rodriguez, who attributed the teams speed to running at its home stadium in front of a substantial home crowd. I didnt even know what (the record) was.
That school record might not have beaten out the field, but another one did.
Thats right. Two in one day.
In the girls shot put, Candace Shaw launched a shot that sailed almost a full foot beyond Valerie Hahns 1996 school record of 34 feet, 8 inches.
Shaws spinning throw, which was more than 2 feet past her previous personal record, hit the 35-7.75 mark to make her an IML champion and place her well into the state-qualifying field.
I was just relaxed, Shaw said. It was supposed to be my day; I needed it to be my day.
It was her day at the discus, too, where her 116-6 mark was good enough for another first place, even if it was 3 feet shy of her personal best.
Shaw, who also has her sights set on that 123-foot school record at state next weekend, wasnt satisfied.
I dont know; I have mixed emotions, Shaw said after her first event. Ill take the win; I just wish I couldve done better. Itll be good to have something to chase.
That was before her record-setting shot toss and her second-place 32-2.25 triple jump.
Competitive girl, Bayfield throwing coach Chip Hodlmair said. Ridiculous what she does.
I think Candace Shaw was just really on (Saturday), BHS head coach Sherry Kimball said.
In addition to Shaws top indvidiual marks, Destini McGhehey won the 100-meter dash with a 13.44, Ashlyn Schulder won the 200-meter dash with a 28.89, Katy Funkhouser won the 1,600 with a 5:51.94, and Brittany Hunter won the all-BHS girls pole vault competition with a 6-6 jump.
Bayfields 4x100-meter girls relay team also took first with a time of 53.84 after breaking to an early lead.
Those wins, along with critical runners-up such as Jessica Cusicks 63:13 in the 400 meters, Haley Clarkes 2:48.90 in the 800 and Jessie Roukemas 4-10 mark in high jump, helped crown the Bayfield girls IML champions with a dominating 135½ points.
Centauri was second with 107½, Pagosa Springs third with 69, Alamosa was fourth with 40 and Monte Vista fifth with 28.
I expected that of my girls, Kimball said. But they performed. They showed up.
The boys didnt fare much worse, running, jumping and throwing to second place with a score of 105 behind champion Pagosa Springs 113. Alamosa was third with 96, followed by Centauris 29 and Monte Vistas 19.
The throwers also led the way for the boys with Michael Hawkins victorious 46-7 mark in shot put and Aaron Velasquezs first-place 139-1 in discus.
With TJ Pazell already in state-qualifying position out of the throwing lineup for a national weight-lifting competition in Las Vegas, Velasquez got to step up in the shot put, too. He threw a 40-7, which was good enough for third.
Not bad for the two-time state wrestling champions third-ever day throwing the metal ball.
I think its fun, but it kind of makes you wonder if Id be going to state or not (if Id started earlier), Velasquez said of missing state qualifying position by about 4 feet. Or maybe it was just one of those lucky days.
At the high jump, Cody Rose also posted a personal record with a second-place 6-0 jump.
He jumped very well. He was on top of it (Saturday), Kimball said. We dont know what its going to take (to qualify for state), but hes right there.
The top 18 athletes in each event qualify for next weekends CHSAA Class 3A Track and Field State Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
Steele Allred and John Arnold went 1-2, respectively, in the pole vault with jumps of 12-6.
In the sprints, Rodriguez won the 100 meters with an 11.91, and Wickman won the 200 with a 23.45.
The boys 4x100 relay team of Velasquez, Wickman, Rodriguez and Zachary Stone won with a time of 45.38 after holding off threats from Pagosa Springs and Alamosa on the final stretch, shortly before the meet was delayed for almost an hour because of afternoon thunderstorms.
After competition resumed on the wet track, Bayfield freshman Luke Webb huffed his way to second in the 3,200, 20 seconds ahead of Alamosas Gavin Palmer but 40 seconds behind a blazing Carlos Brinkmann of Pagosa Springs, who lapped almost every other runner.
The 4x400 relay team of Robert Westbrook, Webb, Rodriguez and Nate Tate took second with a season best 3:38.55. The BHS girls also finished second Funkhouser, Brittany Hunter, Maggie Zink and Jessica Cusick with a season-best 4:22.76.
Were pretty proud of a lot of our kids, Kimball said. Theyre peaking at the right time, and thats what we like to see.