The South Park High School track and field teams kicked the holiday weekend off with accomplishment at the La Junta Tiger Relays, as the girls’ team gathered achievements to finish 11th out of a tough competitive group of 18 teams and the boys’ team finished 17th overall out of 20 total teams April 19.
Raking in 26 team points, the Lady Burros tied with Crowley County High School, but outweighed John Mall (20 points), Pueblo Central (15 points), Monte Vista (11 points), Pueblo County (10.5 points), La Veta (10 points), and Swallows Charter Academy (one point).
On the boys’ side, the Burros were able to collect a team total of five points to finish the day tied with Rye High School, and according to co.milesplit.com, beat out Swallows Charter Academy and Primero High School, who finished with three points each.
Leading the Lady Burros with a total of 14 points on the day, Jordan Burnett sprinted her way to the podium to collect a second and third place finish in two separate events.
The quick-footed sophomore launched her campaign in the 100-meter dash, where she took third place in the preliminaries with a time of 13.39. With the top eight competitors advancing by time into the final round, Burnett lined with the top contenders of the meet and knocked .22 seconds from her time as she crossed the finish line in a time of 13.17 to capture the bronze medal and six points for her team.
Fighting to remain ranked among the top 18 in order to qualify for the State Track and Field Championships, the sophomore sprinter is currently seeded sixth in the Colorado class 2A leader boards with a time of 13.08 turned in at the Salida Invitational April 6. According to maxpreps.com, the 100-meter dash ranks are currently led by Remington Ross of Highland with a time of 12.21, which she clocked at the University Bulldog Invitational March 30.
Burnett then returned to the lanes to battle in the 200-meter dash, where she was able to stop the clock in a time of 27.29 to finish second in the preliminary round. For the second time, she was able to advance into the final round and finished with a time of 27.46, just .22 seconds behind Jada Dupree of Pueblo South, to grab onto the silver medal. Burnett’s team was awarded eight points for her effort.
In addition, Burnett’s season-best time climbed to the number eight seed of the class 2A leader boards, which is currently led by Ross with a time of 25.32 set at the Greeley Twilight Invitational held April 15.
Upholding the pace, older sister Morgan topped the charts in the 800-meter run as she placed second out of 22 competitors in the event.
Although seeded with a time of 2:45.33, the senior broke through for a clock stopping time of 2:33.30, a whopping 4.07 seconds faster than her closest trailing competitor (Jolee Ortiz of Rye High School), and earned eight points towards the team total.
According to maxpreps.com, Burnett’s season-best speed increase has moved her to the number five seed of the class 2A 800-meter run ranks, where the event is led by Kendelle Smith of Vail Christian with a time of 2:22.96 set at the Coal Ridge Invitational April 19.
Burnett is also currently ranked 11th in the Colorado class 2A girls 400-meter run ranks with her time of 1:02.71 set at the Thunder-Storm Invitational April 15. At the present time, the event is led by Kaiya Firor of Hotchkiss with a time of 57.75 set at the Cedaredge Invitational Mar. 30.
Wrapping up the team points for the Lady Burros, the 4x400-meter relay team was able to place fifth out of 10 teams in the race with a time of 4:37.59. Trailing behind Pueblo West, Peyton, Pueblo South, and Coronado High Schools barely harmed as the Burros beat out Hoehne, Rye, Crowley, Pueblo Central, and Pueblo County High Schools. Their attempts to move forward were rewarded with four points toward the team total.
Hugging the top 18 ranks, the South Park High School girls’ 4x400-meter relay team is currently seeded 19th in the Colorado class 2A standings, a mere eight-hundredths of a second from the number-18 ranked Rye High School.
Although unable to earn points toward the team’s overall points, the Lady Burros continued to give the competition some competition as freshman Mikayla Batts was able to place 17th out of 36 sprinters in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.47. She then went on to place 15th out of 19 competitors in the triple jump with a distance of 29’5.5”.
Sophomore Isabelle Doyle was able to tie for 27th, with Brandaiyah Portenier of Trinidad High School, out of 36 sprinters in the 200-meter dash with a time of 31.12; and the girls’ 4x100-meter relay team was able to place 13th out of 14 teams with a time of 59.66.
Taking on double events, sophomore Catalina Cuevas was able to place 19th out of 22 runners in the 800-meter run with a time of 3:17.14, and then returned to place 14th out of 17 runners in the 1600-meter run with a time of 7:07.50.
In addition, freshman Kaylin Medina was able to place 16th out of 24 hurdlers in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.68, and then took 12th place out of 17 racers in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 57.75.
Leading the boys’ team, Michael Kelley took charge in the 400-meter run and placed fifth with a season-best time of 53.75. A slight .52 seconds behind Zane Rankin of Lamar High School, Kelley was able to earn four points toward the team total.
In addition to decreasing his previous fast time by .87 seconds, the junior climbed into the Colorado class 2A leader boards and is currently seeded 16th overall. According to maxpreps.com, the event is presently led by Braden Sandersfeld of Limon with a time of 51.65 set at the Randall Hess Invitational April 20.
Kelley was also found on the field, where he competed in the long jump competition. While he was unable to earn points for his team, was able to place 18th out of 33 contestants with a distance of 17’3.5”.
Capturing the final point for the Burro team, the boys’ 4x400-meter relay team took hold of the eighth place hole with a time of 4:11.72. Although taking position behind Pueblo Central, Pueblo South, Coronado, Peyton, Pueblo County, Pueblo West, and Hoehne High Schools, the Burros were able to beat Rye and La Veta High Schools.
According to maxpreps.com, the Burros are, at this time, seeded 33rd in the state standings with their season-best time of 4:05.94 set at the Center Invitational March 30.
Not able to reach point earning status, the Burros proceeded through the meet, not giving their opponents a chance to coast through the competition.
Double-event contender Dillon Himes competed in the 100-meter dash, where the senior placed 22nd out of 38 competitors with a time of 12.51, and the long jump, where he placed 20th with a distance of 17’1.5”.
Senior Michael Groome kept in time as a triple-event competitor, where he was able to place 34th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 15.38, 32nd out of 34 sprinters in the 200-meter dash with a time of 31.94, and 25th out of 34 competitors in the shot put with a distance of 26’9.75”.
Sophomore Caleb Lindberg reached the 23rd hole out of 33 runners in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:02.12; and junior Dylan Medina jumped in line to place 27th out of 30 runners in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:47.28, and took 30th out of 34 runners in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:08.57.
Having already taken on five meets this season, the South Park High School track and field team will proceed through the schedule in an attempt to up their rankings in the standings. The Burros will complete the month at the High Altitude Challenge in Alamosa April 27, followed by the Cinco De Mayo Menos Dos Invitational in Walsenburg May 3.