Yuma Bill Kalb Invitational is Monday

Yuma High School track and field will play host for the second time this season when the Yuma Bill Kalb Invitational is held Monday.

The decades-old track meet traditionally draws a big field of schools, and another one is expected again Monday.

Yuma was scheduled to be at the Eaton Invitational on Saturday, leading up to the Bill Kalb. However, the Eaton meet was moved to Monday due to weather considerations, so the Outlaws are off Saturday and will stay home for the Kalber on Monday.

The Outlaws are getting into the meat of their schedule now. Head coach Lucas Lubbers said the focus “is to keep working hard and looking to improve every meet.”

They were at the University Bulldog Invitational, last Saturday in Greeley. There were nearly 30 schools competing, and placing in events proved a challenge.

Yuma’s boys scored 21.5 points to finish 13th in the team standings. The girls scored two points to finish 26th. Riverdale Ridge swept the boys and girls team titles.

Lubbers said meet organizers bumped up minimums and starting heights for jumps and throws to keep the meet from running for so long.

Cristian Duarte cleared 5-foot-9 to place fourth. Jonathon Thomson triple jumped 39-10.5 for fourth. Bridger Lynch cleared 12-9 for fifth in the pole vault, and Jiovani Perez was seventh at 12-3.

Lynch placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.11 seconds. The 4-by-200 relay team of Perez, Lynch, Thomson and Duarte placed sixth with a time of 1:35.59.

Jade Lungwitz scored the girls’ points by placing seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 32-3.

Lubbers said the team saw a lot of good things Saturday, including several Outlaws setting personal records in several events.