By Ellyna Van
The Wiggins track team started off the season with 30 Wiggins track athletes competing at the Fort Morgan Invitational on March 12; eighteen schools attended the meet on Saturday. Wiggins girls placed 9, and Wiggins boys placed 6.
The meet started with field events. Junior Taylor Boyer placed in all his field events; in high jump, he received 1st place with the height of 5’10’’; in triple jump, 6th place; in long jump, 9th place. Freshman Claire Boyer also placed 6th in triple jump.
The first running event Wiggins competed in was the 100-meter dash. Junior Shane Finegan got 4th in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Finegan also ran with the 4×100 team, which also consists of sophomores Tyler Hein and Nick Burling and freshman Anthony Sirios. The 4×100 boys’ team last year made it to state and placed 8th place. Finegan in the 4×100 team wants to improve their ranking after placing 10th in this event.
Senior Faythe Harris competed in the 300-meter hurdles, in which she placed 4th with a time of 51.84 seconds. Harris hasn’t competed in hurdle events since her freshman year. She said she plans to continue to do hurdles along with her relays and sprinting events.
Junior Connor Kaufman said that in order to achieve his goals of winning state, he must work hard. “There’s a lot of competition, and I know that I have to put in 100% in practice every day,” said Kaufman. Kaufman placed 2nd in both the mile and the two mile. He hopes to improve his mile time, so he can make it to state. In order to place 1st at the next track meet, Kaufman said he will work on trying to increase his speed in the last lap.
Long distance runner junior Maggie Allen received 4th in the mile and 1st in the 2 mile. Even though Allen received good places, she wishes to improve her time. “I ran one of my slowest times at the meet. I hope that I can get faster so I can compete at state again,” said Allen.
“It was a good first meet,” said sprinters coach Dale Dubbs. “It was a great learning experience for our new track athletes.” Dubbs hopes to continue to improve times and rankings at future meets; he has high hopes for the boys’ and girls’ relay teams. Along with relays, there are also individual athletes that have a great chance at winning or placing at state, according to Dubbs.
The next track meet will be the Greeley Central Invitational on Saturday, March 19, l starting at 9:00 a.m. in Greeley.