In the 2018 Pine River Invitational's early goings last Saturday morning, Bayfield senior Ryan Phelps perhaps exceeded his own expectations in the discus by unleashing an untouchable 155-foot, 9-inch monster.
What he didn't know was that the Wolverine boys as a whole would, in pursuit of the 3A Intermountain League championship at their home meet, unconsciously use that number as a target, racking up even more points than his first-place throw had 12-inch increments of distance.
BHS ended the day with 159 points.
The Wolverines were helped by a Colton Fine-Dawson French-Chad Winkler 1-2-3 sweep (highest clearances of 12'6", 11'6" and 11'0", respectively) of the pole vault competition. Carl Heide's double in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and the 1-2 punch of Phelps (49'9.75") and Wyatt Killinen (47'2") in the shot powered the BHS boys to their win.
With 123.25 points, Alamosa finished second overall and in the league-title chase, with 4A Durango settling for third with 112. Third in the IML, Montezuma-Cortez placed fourth overall with 68.5 and 2A Mancos rounded out the standings' top five with 62.75.
Senior Dax Snooks, it would seem, enjoyed the action more than most. Though his lone win came in the high jump with an impressive 6'1" best, he also broke the 40-foot barrier in the triple jump with a second-place 40'1.5" effort, and was the only entrant close to Heide in the 110 hurdles. Heide won in 15.43 seconds, Snooks followed in 15.91, and third-place Cole Waddell of DHS clocked 17.35.
Closing out the day, Snooks joined Killinen and both Carl and Dawson Heide on Bayfield's 4x400 relay, which laid down a 3:30.79, only 0.04 slower than the school record, and the classification's third-fastest time so far this spring. BHS trailed only AHS' top-ranked 3:29.35. With sophomore Dylan Hilliker replacing Snooks on the 4x2, BHS not only won but broke the school record by 0.07 seconds with a collective 1:32.04.
Neither Hilliker, Shea Marx nor Killinen won the 100-meter dash, but the three earned 12 team points by finishing, respectively, fourth (11.69), fifth (11.80) and sixth (11.86). The 4x1 (James Mottin, Marx, Josh Kaufmann, Turner Kennedy) also managed to score two points with a seventh-place 48.29.
Carl Heide won the 300 hurdles by 4.56 seconds over M-CHS' Titus Jackson with a time of 40.40. Dawson Heide was second in the 200m dash (23.58) by just a tenth of a tick with Hilliker (23.94) taking sixth, and Dawson Heide also scored well in the 400 with his third-place time of 51.55.
Junior David Hawkins placed fourth in the shot (44'10.5"), Hilliker was sixth in the long jump (19'1") and Kaufmann tied Dove Creek's J.D. Dennison for seventh in the discus (130'10").
Up next for BHS will be the April 20-21 Aztec Invitational.
Ignacio BobcatsSophomore Elco Garcia, Jr., led Ignacio to a ninth-place finish inside Wolverine Country Stadium with his third-place time of 5 minutes, 3.79 seconds in the 1,600-meter run. Senior Natoni Cundiff scored fifth-place points in both the discus (132'7") and shot (41'5"), sophomore Jonas Nanaeto earned fifth in the 800 (2:08.53), and sophomore Jason Foutz finished eighth in the pole vault (7'6").
The 2A Bobcats will also compete next in Aztec.
2018 PINE RIVER INVITATIONAL BOYS' TEAM STANDINGS (top 12 of 12 scoring): 1.BAYFIELD 159, 2.Alamosa 123.25, 3.Durango 112, 4.Montezuma-Cortez 68.5, 5.Mancos 62.75, 6.Centauri 48.75, 7.Pagosa Springs 47.75, 8.Monte Vista 20.5, 9.IGNACIO 20, 10.Norwood 10, 11.Dolores 8, 12.Dove Creek 4.5.