By Faythe Harris
Over spring break the Wiggins Tigers Track team participated in two meets, the Yuma Invite on Tuesday, April 8, and the Max Marr Spartan Classic in Berthoud on Saturday, April 12.
The girls’ team placed fourth overall in Yuma, and the guys’ team also placed fourth. Both teams were ranked much lower until the 400-meter dash, where freshman Shane Finegan and sophomore Faythe Harris both took first. “I felt honored to have placed first at such a large meet,” said Finegan. “It’s nice to know that I am able to compete with the upperclassmen.”
The girls’ team also received multiple points from the placings of the relays. The sprint medley, consisting of Lexi Ashbrook, Brittney Jordan, Jessica Veeman, and Harris, placed second; the 4×100 meter relay, with the same girls, placed third; and the 4×200 meter relay, consisting of Dacey McCombs, Ashbrook, Jordan, and Veeman, placed fifth. In the open one hundred, sophomore Jessica Veeman and Harris earned eight more points. The coaches were very proud of the teams’ performance at this meet even though they had hoped for higher placings, said head coach Mario Garcia.
The guys’ team, due to lack of members, didn’t receive as many placings. Finegan raked in most of the points for the guys’ team. Along with his first-place in the four hundred, he got seventh in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. Connor Kaufman, freshman, placed sixth in the mile. Dalton Risner also helped the team out by gaining a total of eleven points for placing second in the discus and sixth in the shot put.
The Berthoud meet was a much larger meet, and the teams did not place as well. The girls’ team placed sixteenth out of thirty-four, and the guys’ team placed seventeenth out of thirty-one teams. The sprint medley, consisting of Harris, Ashbrook, Veeman, and Jordan, placed fifth. Harris also placed third in the 400 meter dash. For the boys, Finegan placed fifth in the 400 meter dash, and those were the only points the boys’ team received.
The Tigers’ next track meet will be this Saturday, April 26, in Strasburg starting at 9:00 a.m.