The South Park track and field team attended the Pomona Invitational April 13-14, in the hope of adding more medals to its already expanded achievements.

The sizeable, two-day meet brought in some of the state’s most talented competitors as it featured 11 gold and 63 silver elite performances that met the MileSplit U.S. standard, leaving the Burro athletes striving for podium positions.

Hosted at the State Track and Field Championship site in Lakewood, Jeffco Stadium attracted 43 teams that competed for the top nine positions in each event. Given the promising signs shown this year, the Burro team held highly anticipated results, and although its athletes were unable to break into point-earning status, their determination featured 12 season-best performances and currently possess six shares in the top 18 within the Colorado class 2A leader boards.

Girls

In usual fashion, the 800-meter Sprint Medley relay team pushed the competition to out-time 17 squads in the event. Seniors Sara Naylor and Caroline Carpenter took the 100-meter forefronts, while the Burnett sisters (Jordan and Morgan) tapered the race at the 200 and 400-meter legs, where the convoy stopped the clock in a time of 1:58.45 to place 11th overall.

While the South Park bunch missed their season-best time by a tight .29 seconds, they remain in the running and presently rank sixth within the state standings with their time of 1:58.16 taken at the Salida Invitational April 7.

A consistent trend of besting her own marks found Carpenter doing nothing less at Pomona, as the senior knocked seven-hundredths of a second from her previous time to set a season-best 14.26 in the 100-meter dash.

The pool of 61 sprinters in the event also saw Jordan Burnett climbing into 23rd place with a time of 13.22. The freshman currently seeds seventh in the state standings with her investment time of 13.03 set at the Salida Invitational.

Continuing her reign in the dashing races, Burnett was able to match her season-best time of 27.04 (set at the Altitude Running Invitational March 31) to place 13th out of 49 competitors in the 200-meter dash. In doing so, the rookie has emphasized a placement within the state standings and positions at ninth on the whole.

Having set a season-best time of 1:04.70 in the 400-meter dash, Morgan Burnett is now tapping on the door of the top 18 as she seeds 20th in the state standings. Locating at 18th place out of 43 runners at Pomona, the junior lacks approximately one second from reaching a qualifying spot in the event.

Boys

Attacking as a triple threat contender, Tucker McDowell rocked the Pomona Invitational with three season-best times and ranks in the top 18 of all three events.

On the hurdling end, the senior crossed the finish line in a time of 16.31 in the 110-meter hurdles to place 22nd out of 51 competitors and advanced to eighth within the state standings. He proceeded to hurdle his way to triumph as he clocked a time of 42.48 in the 300-meter hurdles to place 17th out of 45 athletes and holds footing at seventh on the leader board.

The veteran contestant moved on to the field events, where he was able to place 12th out of 48 entrees in the triple jump. Marking a distance of 40-10.75, McDowell has moved up the ladder and sits fourth in the state standings.

The Burro team progressively made strides with an additional seven season-best targets. Starting at the 100-meter dash, juniors Dillon Himes and Michael Groome set times at 12.25 and 14.88, respectively. Himes then went on to prove his versatility and set a season-best time of 25.31 in the 200-meter dash.

Sprinting achievement stretched into the 400-meter dash, where sophomore Dylan Medina recorded a season-best 1:10.41 and enhanced his record with another success with a season-best time of 6:39.55 in the 1,600 meter run.

Middle distance then found freshman Caleb Lindberg hitting aim at 2:33.61, followed by senior Andrew Gardner at 2:39.62 in the 800-meter run.

Next up

The South Park track and field team will take on the Coronado Cougar Classic, held in Colorado Springs April 27, for their next competition.

Following the meet, the Burros will have two more attempts at making the state prerequisites and will travel to the Denver North Viking Invitational May 4. They will finally wrap up the regular-season at the Monte Vista High School Last Chance Meet May 12.

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