Yuma track athletes keep scoring

Yuma High School’s track and field teams did not even bother going to Kersey on Saturday for the Platte Valley Meet.

After repeatedly competing in high-wind conditions, the Indians stayed home last Saturday and instead competed in the Haxtun Relays held on Holyoke this past Tuesday. The temperature reached the high 70s in Holyoke, and while there still was wind, it was relatively calm compared to most of April 2022.
The Yuma athletes took full advantage as they swept the team titles.
Weather conditions are supposed to be cooler and windy again, with a chance for precipitation, when the track teams go to the Akron Tom Meyer Invitational on Saturday.
The Indians did spend another long day in the wind last Thursday at the Wray Dick Evans Invitational.
The boys team finished second in its division with 105 points. University won th eteam title with 121. Wray was third with 90, Cheyenne Wells fourth with 62, and Sterling fifth with 56.
The girls team finished third with 69 points. Sterling won the team title with 92 points, Merino had 71 Holyoke 58, and University 55 to round out the top five.About 20 schools competed in th emeet.
Clay Robinson was a double-winner for the boys team. He took first in the 100-meter dash with at time of 11.66 seconds, and won the 200 dash in 23.77 seconds.
Jaxson Lungwitz added to the first-place total by winning the triple jump with a distance of 40-foot-0.
Beau Tate was second in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.02 seconds. Bridger Lynch was fifth in 20.51, Edwin Munoz sixth in 21.08, and Brandon Lueck eighth in 22.8.
Nash Richardson took second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.91 seconds.
Robinson claimed a second place in the long jump with a leap of 21-2.5, and Daman Hernandez was eighth at 19-4.5.
Forest Rutledge whipped the discus 114-1 for fourth place, and Kevin Hermosillo was fifth at 113-9. Hermosillo put the shot 42-5 for fourth.
Also in the field events, Richardson was fifth in the triple jump at 38-3, and Munoz cleared 5-4 for eighth in the high jump.
Cesar Gamboa took sixth in the 400 dash with a time of 56.96 seconds. Liam McClaran was fifth in the 3200-meter run in 13:36.33, and Fynn Sims seventh in 14:18.93.
The relays picked up some more points. The foursome of Lungwitz, Hermosillo, Richardson and Hernandez was third in the 4-by-200 in 1:38.45. The 4-by-400 team of Lungwitz, Tate, Hernandez and Jonathan Carrillo also was third in 3:46.03. The 4-by-100 team of Alex Lozano, Trey Stegman, Hermosillo and Carrillo was seventh in 47.85 seconds.
Yuma’s girls found plenty of points in the relays.
Fatima Duran, Caddis Robinson, Lyndsey Mekelburg and Lea Richardson won the 4-by-100 with a time of 53.23 seconds. The 4-by-400 team of Hailey Eyring, Ashley Ibanez, Jade Lungwitz, and Braylynn Armstrong placed second in 4:42.3. The 800 Sprint Medley consisting of Duran, Ibanez, Robinson and Richardson took second in 1:58.9. The foursome of Mekelburg, Robinson, Ibanez and Richardson was third in the 4-by-200 in 1:55.09. The 4-by-800 team of Eyring, Myka McDonald, Alyssa Roberts and Chloe Smith combined to place third in 12:00.81.
Some more points came in the field events.
Mekelburg triple jumped 31-3 for fourth place. Wells whipped the discus 89-3 for fifth. Duran cleared 8-1 for sixth in the pole vault, and Abril Montes de Oca 6-7 for eighth. Montes de Oca cleared 4-4 for sixth in the high jump.
In the open races, Eyring placed second in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:19.46, and McDonald was seventh in 7:06.12. Mekelburg took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.89 seconds, and Armstrong was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 55.67 seconds.