Meeker wins home meet

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MEEKER — The Meeker High School track teams were split for competitions last weekend.
The majority of both the boys and girls teams stayed in Meeker for the Lynn Whiteman Invitational while a few athletes traveled to Rifle High School.
At home the Meeker High School boys’ team won its home meet by scoring 106 points, beating out Vail Christian, North Park and Hayden.
The Meeker boys swept the 100-meter dash led by Toby Casias with an 11.42, followed by Bubba Mazzola and Colton Brown for second and third place.
In the 200-meter dash Pat Love was the lone Cowboy scorer earning second place with a time of 26.08.
The 400 was a different story as Terrance Casias won with a time of 55.10 and sophomore Jared Frantz was close behind for third with a time of 55.75.
Brock Campbell had a strong performance in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.41 beating the next closest competitor by 18 seconds.
Spencer Madison also scored points for the Cowboys in the 800 run earning fifth place.
Competing in the 1,600-meter for the first time this season, Brian Crowe turned in a second place with a time of 5:54.
The boys’ relay teams proved to be dominant, taking first place in the 400-meter relay with a team of Nieslanik, Campbell, Ball and Casias as well as winning both the 800 and the 1,600-meter relay with the Casias brothers, Campbell and Frantz.
In the field events the boys were just as successful. The Cowboys swept first through third place in both the shot and the discus.
In the shot Ryan Wix earned first with his mark of 37-8 followed by Jarrett Waldref and senior Bubba Mazzolla. Wix also won the discus with his throw of 108-5 followed by Caleb Ball for second place and Bubba Mazzolla again for third.
Meeker also fared well in the jumping events.
Brian Crowe won both the long and the triple jump and Jake Nieslanik took third in the long jump. Colton Brown jumped his way to first place with a jump of 5-10 in the high jump. Freshman Christopher Ruckman placed fifth in the high jump with a jump of 5-4.
The girls’ team was not as dominant in the team points due to the fact that they sent more of their team members to Rifle but they still turned in some good performances.
Chandler May won first place in the discus with a throw of 72-8. She also earned second in the shot with a mark of 29-4.
In the other field events Senior Meg Nieslanik had a productive day placing third in the high jump with a personal record of 4-8 and second in the triple jump with a mark of 29-0.
Adrian Wix placed third in the triple with a jump of 28-3.
In the running events the girls started out the day earning third place in the 800-meter medley with the team of Goettel, Wix, Cornelius and Cook.
The 800 relay composed of Rule, Kline, Comeau and Otwell placed second.
Wrapping up the relays was the 1,600 team of Comeau, Wix, Cook, and Otwell took second. Wix also placed second in the 200-meter dash.
In the 800 run Annie Cook set a new personal record and earned second place.
In the 1,600 run Crystal Otwell ran for second place.
The girls had a good day in the hurdles being led by Mandi Cornelius who ran for second place in the 100-meter hurdles and Randia Rule placed fourth in the 100 hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles.
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The athletes who made the trip to Rifle also had a good day.
The performance for the girls’ team was highlighted by a dominant performance in the 400 relay.
The team of Cook, Kindall, Shriver and Doll ran a 51.54 earned first place and prequalified for the state meet.
Kathryn Doll also prequalified in the long jump and earned first place with a jump of 16-3. In the 100 dash Meeker was lead by Marki Cook who earned second place with a 13.18 followed by Katherine Doll for second.
Doll also won the triple jump with a jump of 31-4.
Jonny Wix was the lone athlete for the mens’ team that made the trip to Rifle. He placed second in the shot with a throw of 45-5 and third in the discus with a throw of 131-1.