RANGELY I Seven Rangely High School track team members are in Denver competing at the 2013 Colorado State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium.
“I was really impressed with our team at the Western Slope League meet,” head coach Stephanie Kahler said.
Kahler said the majority of the team had personal bests in their events and “we even had two athletes break school records.”
William Scoggins broke the senior school record in the 3200-meter run (11:00.26) that was set in 2000 by Daniel Winterholder. Kahler completed the eight laps in 10:15.97. Scoggins, who missed most of the season because of an injury, qualified in his other specialty, the 1600-meter run.
Andrew Morton broke the junior record in the long jump set by Kanden Brady in 2008 (19-7.5) by jumping 20-4.5 Saturday at Stoker Stadium.
Morton was the only Panther to qualify for the state meet in the maximum four events. Morton finished second in the 110-meter hurdles and triple jump and will represent his school and town for a second time in the long and high jumps.
Coach Kahler said senior Holly Lepro had been sick all week but still managed to place in the top four and qualify in the shot and discus throw. Lepro’s recent school record-breaking discus throw of 123-2 leads all 2A competitors going into the state meet.
Rangely will be represented by senior Colton Coombs in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and junior Connor Phelan will be entered in the 200 meters and 400 meters.
Sophomore Mitchell Webber qualified and will compete for the Panthers in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles while sophomore Colt Allred qualified for the state meet in the shot put.
“All the coaches are very proud of the hard work and dedication our athletes put in this season, and we are thankful to all of the athletes, parents, coaches and support staff that have helped make this season so successful,” Kahler said. “We look forward to bringing home the hardware from state. Go Panthers!”