MHS to compete at regionals

RBC I Saturday’s track meet at Battle Mountain High School proved to be a success for the Meeker High School Track and Field Team. The girls’ team had numerous athletes who moved into the top 18, putting themselves in position to make the trip to state in two weeks.
Sophomore Linda Olivas started things off for the day in the 100-meter dash. Olivas ran a personal best of 13.45, smashing her previous best of 13.70. The time earned her third place in the meet and moved her into position for state qualification.
Olivas also ran well in the 400-meter dash with her time of 63.42 and third place at the meet. The third and final event Olivas ran in was the 400-meter relay, running with Taylor Ahrens, Aly Ridings and Sydney Hughes. This group of sprinters ran a great race, finishing in 52.67 and moving them into sixth place in the state.
Along with the relay, Ridings had a strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles, earning a second-place finish with a time of 17.37.
Hughes also scored points for the Cowboys with the 300-meter hurdles, finishing fourth and running to a season’s best of 50.45.
The throwers had a big day in terms of team points and state qualifications.
Senior Bailey Atwood, returning from an injury, threw 108-6 in the discus. Her throw was good enough for second place on the day and it placed her comfortably within the state qualifying group.
Ohana Matia improved on her discus mark with a throw of 102-8 to place third. She also took second place in the shot.
Senior Samantha Patterson contributed with her fifth-place finish in the shot.
The boys’ team performance was highlighted by the 400-meter relay team of Jeff Wagner, Anthony Watt, Tala Atoafa and TJ Shelton. The group improved on their best time of the season with a 46.09 and a second-place finish.
Atoafa also had a good performance in the 110-meter high hurdles, earning third with a time of 16.63.
Due to injuries there were a number of boys who did not compete but who should be healthy for the upcoming regional meet in Grand Junction on May 9-10.