Outlaw tracksters trying to get in events

Yuma High School’s track and field athletes will be sticking close to home again this weekend.

The Outlaws are at the Haxtun Relays on Friday, then will run in the Akron Tom Meyer Invitational on Saturday, after competing in the Wray Dick Evans Invitational last Thursday.

“Over all we have seen improvement in several areas, individuals and relays,” head coach Lucas Lubbers said. “We are hoping to keep everyone healthy as we get to the second half of the season as well as hopefully getting some better weather. Having three track meets cancelled really hurts when we only get 12 for the season.”

Yuma’s boys had a great run at Wray last Thursday. The Outlaws scored 94.5 points to finish just one point behind team champion Holyoke. Sedgwick County had 74 points, Wray 71.5, and Burlington 69 to round out the top five in the 21-school field.

The Outlaws had several placing efforts in the open races.

Bridger Lynch placed second in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.5 seconds, and Edwin Munoz was sixth in 18.83. Hugo Olivas was fourth in the 800 in 2 minutes, 23.62 seconds, Liam McClaran fifth in the 400 in 56.7 seconds, Josiah Perez sixth in the 3200 in 13:35.74, and Jonathan Thomson seventh in the 200 in 25.15 seconds.

Munoz cleared 5-foot-9 to win the high jump. Cristian Duarte leapt 20-2.5 for first in the long jump, and Noe Quezada fifth at 18-8. Lynch cleared 12-8 to place second in the pole vault, and Perez was fourth at 12-2. Miles Rutledge whipped the discus 108-8 to place seventh.

The Outlaws piled up more points in the relays.

The 4-by-100 team of Jiovani Perez, Quezada, Duarte and Thomson took first in 46.08 seconds. Jiovani Perez, Lynch, Thomson and Duarte placed third in the 4-by-200 in 1:35.43. It was Perez again with Lynch, McClaran and Alan Flores placing third in the 4-by-400 in 3:44.92. The 4-by-800 foursome of McClaran, Olivas, Angel Ibarra and Flores placed third in 9:26.14.

Yuma’s girls had 65 points to finish fifth in the team standings. Wray won the team title, while Idalia was second, Sedgwick County third and Merino fourth.

Achtonn Monk placed third in the 1600 with a time of 6:35.6. Addison Armstrong was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.77 seconds, and Braylynn Armstrong fifth in 18.97. B. Armstrong was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 54.22 seconds, and Jade Lungwitz sixth in 55.94. Carolina Ross placed fifth in the 200 dash in 28.99 seconds, and seventh in the 100 in 14.23.

Lungwitz took fifth in the triple jump at 30-8.25. Jordan Glanz cleared 4-4 for sixth in the high jump, and Chloe Smith placed seventh in the pole vault with a height of 8-2.

The girls had four placing relays.

Smith, Emory McClaran, Caddis Robinson and Lungwitz placed second in the 4-by-200 in 1:56.94. The 4-by-400 team of A. Armstrong, Layla Glanz, Taryn Mekelburg and McClaran was second in 4:43.6. The foursome of Smith, Aubrey Black, Robinson and Ross placed third in the 4-by-100 in 54.98 seconds. The 800 sprint medley team of Smith, Black, Robinson and Glanz was fourth in 2:01.84.