The Elizabeth boys and girls track teams had a double delicious day April 20 at the Robert Caviness Invitational track meet at Aurora Central High School.
Both the Elizabeth boys and girls, coached by Lori McCoin, placed second in the team results behind Hinkley. The Hinkley boys scored 125 points, Elizabeth 105, while the Hinkley girls tallied 160, Elizabeth 110.
Elizabeth's Kimmy Peterson won the long jump with a 16-foot, ½-inch effort and the pole vault with a 10-foot-6 mark. Danae Goldsberry took top honors in the triple jump (31-feet, 1 inch) and also placed second in the pole vault (8-0) and fourth in the long jump (15-5½.).
“It definitely was a good day as we only had nine girls at the meet,” Peterson said. “I got a (personal record) in the 100 and long jump, but didn't have the best of days in the pole vault. I've been able to stay focused and be confident. I did the best in the long jump as my PR was over four inches.
“It was a lot of fun and we all worked hard. Coming in second was such a nice accomplishment for us.”
Goldsberry was more than pleased with the overall results, considering the number of girls present for Elizabeth.
“I think we really did a good job as we had a split team today,” said Goldsberry. “I was more confident in my triple jump, but it wasn't the greatest day in the pole vault. I changed to a bigger pole and didn't get the results I wanted, a PR. Our handoffs in the relays were not as good as usual, but we all did a pretty good job.”
The Elizabeth boys only came away with one victory on the day. That was in the 3,200-relay team with a winning time of 8 minutes, 44.98 seconds to second-place Lutheran, 9:06.57. The Cardinals' quartet was composed of Zach Rodriquez, Willis Scott, Augustus Terry and Jake Thompson.
“It was a nice day and I don't think there was a lot of stress on my part,” said Terry, who also placed fourth in the 1,600. “Luke Yeager, the Faith Christian kid, was really good and pushed hard. Right now I want to run strong under the pressure. It's been tough not having all the meets we would like to have because of the weather, but Saturday was nice.”
There was a wealth of outstanding performances on both ends of the spectrum for Elizabeth, despite not having more winners. In all, the boys also accounted for five second-place finishes, two thirds and three fourths. The girls came away with seven seconds, a third and four fourth-place ribbons.
Individually, the Elizabeth boys finished second in a pair of events. Brody Oliver ran 23.22 seconds in the 200, finishing second to Hinkley's Mateo Waddles' winning 23.03. The Cardinals' Augustus Terry placed second in the 3,200 with a time of 10:32.09 behind Faith Christian's Luke Yeager's 10:17.5. Terry would also place fourth in the 1,600 (4:47.77), an event also won by Yeager in 4:31.8.
Pole vaulter Gavril Houston placed third with a 12-foot, 6-inch effort in an event won by Harley Korte of Cherokee Trail with a vault of 13-6. The other third-place finish by the Cardinals boys was by Austin Tingler in the discus with a heave of 115-0. He was followed by teammate Dallas Reins in fourth with a heave of 114-5.
The Elizabeth boys relay teams had to settle for second in all their relay events with the exception of the 3,200. Hinkley won the 400 relay in :44.45, Elizabeth :44.87, and the Thunderbirds won the 800 relay in 1:33.14 to the Cardinals' 1:33.6. Lutheran took top honors in the 1,600 relay, 3:41.13, while the Cardinals ran 3:44.6.
Elizabeth's Jamie States was able to come away with a pair of red ribbons in the 100 and 300-hurdles. She ran :18:56 in the 100 losing to Platte Canyon's Bibiana Bauer, who crossed the finish in :18.10.
Shelby Raper of Lutheran took top honors in the 300s with a :52.7 to :53.63 for States.
Lutheran's Kendall Horan was the only athlete of the day to score a triple, winning the sprints in the girl's competition. The Lights ace won the 100 in :12.42, the 200 in :25.07 and the 400 in :59.28. It was in the 400 that she edged Elizabeth's Clare Nicolas, who ran 1:01.11. Nicolas also finished fourth in the 200 (:27.10) while the Cardinals' Tegan Alexander picked up a fourth in the 100 (:12.98).
Hayden Stout placed second for Elizabeth in the high jump with a 4-foot-8 effort. There were four girls who cleared the height, but Stout was declared second due to the least number of misses in the group. The event was won by Hinkley's Yanoudji Diarra with a 5-0 effort.
The Elizabeth girls were second in the 400 relay with a time of :52.57 behind Montbello's winning :51.89 and second in the 1,600. Platte Canyon was the winner in the 1,600 with a time of 4:32.35 while the Cardinals ran 4:41.79.
The Cardinals had to settle for third in the 800 relay (1:55.93) behind Montbello's winning 1:49.64, and fourth in the Sprint Medley with a time of 2:03.32 to Hinkley's blue ribbon effort of 1:59.62.
Both of the weight events were won by Faith Christian's Grayson Brudick, 46-8 in the shot and 132-11 in the discus.