Still a relative unknown in person to the rest of Colorado's Class 2A Girls' Track & Field realm, the days of Ignacio's Aliyana White being a secret on paper have just about run out.
Like a good breakfast for the team, the sophomore thrower gave the Bobcats girls a proper energy boost almost right off the bat at last Saturday's Pine River Invitational by heaving the shot a winning 35 feet, 11.5 inches. That figure which would have broken 3A Bayfield's record by an inch had she worn purple-and-gold.
The owner of that mark, junior Mikayla Barnes, still managed to get the hosting Wolverines off and running rather well with her third-place 34'5.5". BHS ultimately finished second in both the overall standings as well as the Intermountain League championship chase.
Scoring a reported 92 points, Bayfield trailed only Alamosa's devastating count of 196, but still finished ahead of 4A Durango (88) and IML members Centauri (84) and Montezuma-Cortez (76) amongst the meet's top five. IHS finished 11th, with White accounting for all 13 team points via her aforementioned ten-pointer in the shot plus a sixth-place/three-point 101'7" throw of the discus.
Responsible for 40 points of Bayfield's haul, junior Jordan Lanning was at her best with four first-place performances. Her 33'8.5" triple jump won by nearly two feet, her 49.28 timing in the 300-meter hurdles beat all challengers by nearly 2.5 seconds, her 16.29 in the 100 hurdles prevailed by over half a second, and her 5'3" high jump was three inches higher than the rest.
Incredibly, the longer of the two hurdles races required Lanning to briefly step away from the triple jump.
Bayfield junior Hannah Whitmer earned the maximum ten team points in the pole vault with her winning 8'0" best, and sophomore Bronwyn Hunter reaped another six for her third-place 6'0". Whitmer also scored for the squad with her fifth-place long jump of 14 feet, 10.5 inches, and senior Tiarra Christensen also earned fifth-place points with both her 30'8.5" shot and 102'5" discus throws.
The 4x100 relay of Hunter, juniors Mylee Sanders and Olivia Keitz, plus senior Mary Grayson placed sixth in 56.95 seconds, and the 4x2 (Bella Shoup, Sanders, Whitmer, Grayson) did likewise in 1:59.27-a time over 18 seconds faster than their initial seeding time of 2:17.81.
First to hit the track was the 800m medley relay (same personnel as the 4x2), which registered a promising third-place 2:03.70-just under four seconds faster than their seeding time.
Ignacio junior Kiana Valdez missed scoring a point in the 200m dash with her 12th-place 30.11, and freshman Charlize Valdez was also one spot away from doing so in the 800 with her 11th-place 2:52.30.
Up next, both BHS and IHS will travel to the April 20-21 Aztec Invitational.
2018 PINE RIVER INVITATIONAL GIRLS' TEAM STANDINGS (top 12 of 12 scoring): 1.Alamosa 196, 2.BAYFIELD 92, 3.Durango 88, 4.Centauri 84, 5.Montezuma-Cortez 76, 6.Pagosa Springs 50, 7.Dove Creek 37, 8.Dolores 35, 9.Monte Vista 15, 10.Norwood 14, 11.IGNACIO 13, 12.Mancos 6.