The South Park High School track and field team walked away from the High Altitude Challenge with 11 season-best performances April 27.
While not all were season-bests, the Burros still emerged from the Alamosa High School Stadium with four athletes reaching the top eight scoring ranks in six separate events. As the boys pulled off six season-bests in five events, they finished the day with two athletes raking in 1.5 team points to finish 14th overall.
The girls, on the other hand, pushed for five season-best performances in four events and concluded the day with one relay team and two athletes capturing 29 points, to tie for seventh place with Lake County High School.
The Burnett sisters led their team with 21 points between the two. Sprinting in two events, younger sister Jordan topped in the 100-meter dash as she took third place with a season-best time of 12.84 to earn six points, and followed up with a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.01, and was rewarded with five points.
Also taking on two events, older sister Morgan captured the bronze in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:41.55 for six points and finished the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.02 to place fifth for four points.
While Jordan has held onto her eighth place seeding in the 200-meter dash among the Colorado class 2A standings with a time of 27.29 set at the La Junta Tigers Relays April 19, according to maxpreps.com, she has climbed from her previous sixth place position to fifth in the 100-meter dash.
The sophomore is favored to continue to dominate in her events, as she is the current owner of the 100- and 200-meter South Park High School records with times of 12.75 and 26.49, respectively.
Maxpreps.com currently has Morgan seeded 11th in the 800-meter run, with her previous fast time of 2:33.30 set at the La Junta Tigers Relays. Having been bumped from the fifth place hole in the event, the senior is approximately four seconds from reaching the South Park High School record set by Mulder in 2003. In addition, Morgan is also ranked 12th in the 400-meter dash, with her fast time of 1:02.60 set at the Thunder-Storm Invite April 15, and she is only .89 seconds from reaching the school record of 1:01.71 set by E. Martinez in 2011.
The girls’ 4x400-meter relay team took charge and captured a second place finish and the remaining eight points toward the team total. Consisting of Morgan and Jordan Burnett and freshmen Mikayla Batts and Kaylin Medina, the squad turned in a season-best time of 4:37.04 to out-time Del Norte, Montezuma-Cortez, Sanford, and Alamosa High Schools. The foursome continues to grasp the 19th place seeding among all Colorado 2A 4x400 relay teams.
Dillon Himes polished off the 110-meter hurdles with an eighth place finish out of 13 competitors. Taking a season-best time of 19.10, the senior led with a point toward the team total and has currently ranked himself 31st in the Colorado class 2A leader boards.
Showing off his throwing arm, sophomore Elias Esparza grabbed the final half-point for his team as he tied for eighth place with Jace Holbrook of Lake County with a season-best distance of 35’4” out of a group of 39 competitors.
Continuing to show proof of their improvements, the South Park Burros also saw season-best performances turned in from various athletes from across the board.
On the boys’ side, Esparza demonstrated progress in two additional events, turning in a 13.39 to place 28th out of 42 sprinters in the 100-meter dash and a distance of 95’4” to place 11th out of 41 competitors in the discus.
In the long jump, senior Seth Hermansen delivered a season-best distance of 17’4.25” to place 16th out of 41 competitors, and senior Michael Groome served up a season-best distance of 23’8.5” to place 28th out of 39 athletes in the shot put.
On the girls’ side, freshman Mikayla Batts gave a high-performance effort of 14.14 to place 14th out of 44 athletes in the shot put and in the 100-meter dash. Freshman Juniper Crago grabbed a season-best time of 1:20.61 in the 400-meter dash, to finish 21st out of 31 competitors entered in the event.
With two regular-season meets left on the schedule, the South Park track and field team has limited time to set the prerequisite for the Colorado State Track and Field Championships to be held at Jeffco Stadium May 16-18.
The team will attempt to up their standings at the Cinco De Mayo Menos Dos Invitational held in Walsenburg May 3, followed by the regular-season finale’s Last Chance Invitational held in Monte Vista May 11.