Sprinters and jumpers place girls second and boys fifth at Eaton meet

By Kristi Leonard
The Surveyor

Last week, Coach Colby Schultz was not sure which athletes were going to attend the Eaton Reds Invitational on April 9. “We’ll wait and see who is here during spring break and compete with who shows up,” stated the relaxed coach.

The sprinters and jumpers from Berthoud High School (BHS) certainly showed up. All of the 92 points scored by the girls and most of the 54 points scored by the boys were from sprinters or jumpers. Everett Owens had the highest placing of the day for the boys with a second-place triple jump of 41 feet 9 inches. Brock Voth added five points for his fourth place 40’ 11.25” and Dylan Adaza added one point for eighth at 39’1”. Wyatt Woodrick added a bronze medal to the count with a 19’ 11.25” jump in the long jump for third place. Ryan Schmad was eighth at 18’11”.

The relay team of Miguel Sarmiento, Woodrick, Schmad and Chad Ellis placed third in the 400 relay in 45.44 seconds. BHS got another third place when Steele Castles, Sarmiento, Woodrick and Schmad ran the 800 relay in 1:35.72. Ellis and Sarmiento combined with Voth and Kade Leonard for fifth in the 1600 relay with a time of 3:50.71. The 3200 relay team of Alex Paradise, Leonard, Ty Williams and Murphy Zimmerling placed ninth and just missed scoring. Castles finished eighth with a season best in the 200 dash in 24.48.

The only points to be added in the non-sprinting/jumping events came from Jamie Grey who added 10 points with a third place in the discus and fifth in the shot put at 120’7” and 39’0” respectively. Four more points came when Ellis placed fifth in the discus with 111’10”. The boys finished fifth overall in the team competition.

The girls were completely shut out in the distance and throws events, although Kathryn Mathiesen tried hard to score in the 800-meter run by leading her heat the entire race until getting passed in the final meters. Unfortunately, the next heat had too many times faster than hers, and the BHS freshman ended up 12th overall in 2:56.27.

Spartan jumpers seemed to enjoy the runway surface in Eaton. Kristina Cavey tied the BHS school record of 5’4” in the high jump for second place. The state’s top freshman and co-BHS record holder, Cailey Archer, jumped 5’1” this week for fourth place. Alyssa Strong was second in the triple jump with 35’3”. Jordan Hull and Morgan Kenner placed fifth and seventh in the long jump leaping 15’0” and 14’7” respectively.

Berthoud’s hurdlers have always fared well at Eaton. Showing the depth of the hurdle squad, Samantha Mulder won the 100-hurdle event in 17.86 and Hannah Langer was second in 18.52. Mulder and Langer scored again in the 300 hurdles. Mulder was second in 49.58 seconds and Langer fifth in 54.13.

Ashlyn Fahrenbruch, Hull, Faith Kouns and Lexi Beaudet worked together in the 400 relay to place sixth in 54.79. Beaudet, Kouns, Kamryn Barnes and Hailee Olsen placed eighth in the 800 relay in 2:02.37. Kelly Chamberlain, Fahrenbruch, Hull and Josie Spitz placed seventh in the sprint medley relay in 2:04.68.

Unfortunately, the highlight event of the day for Berthoud was seen by only a few spectators. The pole vault competition was not completed until after all the other events had concluded and many teams had already boarded their busses for home. Chamberlain won the event with a personal best of 10’ 10”. Spitz placed second with 10’1”. The girls team finished second out of 17 teams in the meet.