Track and field off to fast start

The Yuma High School track and field teams will try to keep the early momentum rolling as they travel to Weld Central on Friday.
The teams had a great start to the 2022 season last Saturday in their own Yuma Early Qualifier.

Neither team was at full strength, yet the boys won the team title, and the girls finished second in their division.
Yuma and Wray dominated the team points, Wray winning the girls title over Yuma, and the boys finishing second to the Indians.
“I went into Saturday telling my athletes that I wasn’t worried about places or times, I just wanted to see everyone run hard and have fun doing it,” head coach Lucas Lubbers said. “We ended up competing very well and I am excited to see what we can build based on our first meet.”
Yuma boys won the title in the 13-school field with 186 points, with Wray in second with 125 points. Haxtun had 81, Sedgwick County 60, Arickaree/Woodlin 39, Akron 39, Peetz 36, Bethune 24, Otis 23, Idalia 21, Weldon Valley 21, Merino 13, and Lone Star nine.
Yuma’s girls had 105 points to Wray’s 152, while Merino had 98, Sedgwick County 91.5, Idalia 65, Haxtun 56, Fleming 32, Lone Star 19, Caliche 14, Arickaree/Woodlin 11.5, Weldon Valley six, Akron six, Peetz five, Bethune two and Otis one.
The Yuma boys had placers all over the board.
Beau Tate swept the hurdles, winning the 110 in 17.01 seconds and the 300 in 43.54 seconds. Bridger Lynch was fourth in the 110s in 19.8 seconds, Edwin Munoz fifth in 19.95, and Brandon Lueck sixth in 23.26. Nash Richardson took second in the 300s in 44.09 seconds, Lynch fourth in 48.65, Munoz fifth in 50.46, and Lueck sixth in 54.48.
Daman Hernandez won the 400 dash in 53.24 seconds, while Trey Stegman was fifth in 58.16. Alex Lozano took second in the 200 in 23.9 seconds, and Stegman was seventh in 25.07. Lozano took third in the 100 in 11.97 seconds. Fynn Sims was third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 15:07.73. Mely Gonzalez took fifth in the 1600 in 5:45.69, and Kevin Orona was sixth in the 800 in 2:27.57.
Relays were a big success.
The 4-by-200 team of Hernandez, Jonathan Carrillo, Richardson and Kevin Hermosillo had a first-place time of 1:38.3. The foursome of Tate, Jesus Ross, Hernandez and Jaxson Lungwitz took first in the 4-by-400 in 3:36.34. The 4-by-100 team of Lozano, Ross, Hermosillo and Carrillo placed second in 47.16, and the foursome of Orona, Sims, Ruben Vega and Gonzalez was third in the 4-by-800 in 10:07.72.
The points kept coming in the field events.
Lungwitz triple jumped 40-foot-10 for first place, and Jonathan Thomson was seventh at 35-2.75. Lozano won the long jump with a leap of 19-8, while Carrillo was fourth at 17-5, Ross sixth at 17-2.5, and Jack Blecha eighth at 17-0.75. Richardson cleared 11-9 to win the pole vault, and Lynch cleared 9-8 for eighth. Hermosillo put the shot 40-0.5 for second place, and Andre Baucke was eighth at 35-8. Hermosillo placed fourth in the discus with a distance of 110-0, and Baucke was eighth at 92-7.
Yuma’s girls did not win any event, but had numerous placers.

Lyndsey Mekelburg was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.39 seconds, while Liddy Day was sixth in 20.28, and Braylynn Armstrong seventh in 20.42. Armstrong took second in the 300 hurdles in 56.47 seconds, and Jordan Glanz sixth in 1:09.07. Myka McDonald was third in the 1600 in 3:10.43. She was sixth in the 800 in 3:10.43, and Alyssa Roberts eighth in 3:19.55. Mackenzie Kucera took seventh in the 200 in 31 seconds.
In the relays, the 4-by-800 team of Ashley Ibanez, Hailey Eyring, McDonald and Roberts was second in 11:38.33. The 4-by-400 team of Mekelburg, Jade Lungwitz, Ibanez and Eyring took third in 4:37.15. The foursome of Fatima Duran, Day, Kucera and Ajanay Aragon took third in the 4-by-100 in 57.50 seconds, and Duran, Nuvia Vega, Samantha Wells and Abril Montes de Oca placed fifth in the 800 sprint medley in 2:13.03.
In the field events, Mekelburg took second in the triple jump with a distance of 31-3.75, while Lungwitz was fifth at 29-7.5, and Armstrong eighth at 27-1.25. Montes de Oca cleared 4-6 for fourth in the high jump, and Glanz was fifth at 4-4. Duran cleared 7-3 for fourth in the pole vault, Montes de Oca sixth at 6-9 and Day seventh at 6-3. Wells was fifth in the long jump at 13-3.25 and Vega sixth at the same distance. Wells was fourth in the discus with a toss of 78-10. Mia Dischner put the shot 27-3.5 for seventh place.