Girls track place second at University meet

By Kristi Leonard
The Surveyor

Athletes from 29 teams attended the track meet at University High School (UHS) in Greeley last Saturday. Despite some Berthoud athletes being gone for spring break, the girls from Berthoud High School placed second behind Tri-Valley Conference rival Windsor. The boys placed eighth. Seniors scored most of the individual points for the Spartans, but the underclassmen played supporting roles in the relays.

Senior scorers included Alyssa Strong, who was a double winner in the 100 hurdles and the triple jump. Strong tied her best in the hurdles, running 15.92. Her jump of 33’11.5” was not her best but was good enough to win the triple jump. Josie Spitz and Kelly Chamberlain placed one-two in the pole vault with Spitz setting a meet record at 11’2”. Chamberlain vaulted 10’0”. Kristina Cavey placed second in the high jump with a jump of 5’3”. Catherine Meeker, Ashlyn Fahrenbruch, Chamberlain and sophomore Jordan Hull placed third in the 400 relay with a time of 52.96 seconds. Freshman Cailey Archer replaced Hull and ran with the three seniors on the sprint medley for sixth place in 1:15.16. Archer also placed third in the high jump at 5’1”. Sophomore Samantha Mulder hurdled her way to second in the 300 hurdles in 50.08 seconds. The Lady Spartans almost lost the second-place team title to UHS on the last race of the day. Fahrenbruch, who was scheduled to race, couldn’t run the race and coaches were looking for a replacement. Cavey, who hasn’t run a race in almost two years, agreed to run a leg on the 1600 relay. The team of Meeker, Archer, Cavey and Mulder finished in third place with their best time of the season in 4:20.81.

Senior Elijah Grewal was the high-point scorer for the boys team, placing fourth in both the 800 and 1600-meter runs and voluntarily replacing an injured runner to join Ty Beaman, Blaine Voth and Chad Ellis to place eighth in the 1600 relay team. Ellis, another senior, added two more relay placings to his duties of the day. Elllis, Ryan Schmad, Jake Rafferty and Miguel Sarimiento placed third in the 400 relay in 45.22 seconds. Alex Paradise traded places with Sarimiento in the 800 relay and the team placed fourth in 1:35.18. All of the times were season-best times.

Three more seniors placed in the throwing events to add points to Berthoud’s total. Lucas Czainecki placed fifth and Max Bump placed seventh in the shot put in 42’10” and 42’2” respectively. Jamie Grey threw 132 feet in the discus for eighth place. Schmad was the only non-senior individual placer for the boys team with eighth place in the long jump, 19’4”.

The team races in Eaton on Sat., April 9.