Three Alamosa girl track athletes win individual events in Pueblo

Alamosa High School’s Aani Hardesty competes in the 100-meter high hurdles in last year’s Centauri Invitational. Hardesty won the 300 hurdles and took third in the 100 hurdles at the Larry Pickering Invitational last Saturday in Pueblo (Courier photo by Ken Hamrick).

ALAMOSA – For the second time in as many weeks, the Alamosa High School track and field team competed in a meet at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo at the Larry Pickering Invitational last Saturday.

The Lady Mean Moose finished in third place with 84 points with three individual event winners. Lia Castillo won the 800-meter run in 2:23.22, Madeline Castillo won the 3,200 meters in 11:59.77, and Aani Hardesty won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 45.09 seconds.

Hardesty was also third in the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.26.

Two more Lady Mean Moose were second in their individual events. Sarah DeLaCerda was second in the 1,600 meters in 5:13.49, and Elizabeth McQuitty was second in the 3,200 in 12:12.99.

Also placing for the Alamosa girls were Autumn McQuitty who was third in the 1,600 in 5:29.16, Brooke Gonzales who was fifth in the shot put at 30-7 ½ and sixth in the discus at 102-6, Miquela Abeyta who was sixth in the long jump at 14-9 ½, Kaidence Boehm who was sixth in the shot put at 30-0, and Lily Heersink who was sixth in the 300 hurdles in 51.68 seconds.

The Lady Mean Moose also won the 4x400-meter relay in 4:11.27.

Pine Creek won the meet with 99 1/6 points, followed by Widefield with 86. Mesa Ridge and Pueblo West were right behind the Lady Mean Moose with 82 points apiece.

In the boys competition, four Mean Moose were second in their events. Jayr Almeida was second in the 800 meters in 2:03.03, Brant Jackson was second in the high jump at 5-10, Jaxon Morgan was second in the pole vault at 12-1, and Mike Trujillo was second in the shot put at 41-7 ½.

Also scoring for the Alamosa boys were Isaac Higareda who was third in the 800 in 2:03.67, Jace Montoya who was third in the discus at 117-5, Jesse Maestas who was fourth in the pole vault at 11-1, Ethan Arnoldi who tied for eighth in the pole vault at 10-1, and Jeremiah DeLaCerda who was eighth in the 1,600 in 4:57.34.

The Mean Moose also placed in two relays including a second-place finish in the 4x400 in 3:40.85, and sixth in the 4x800 in 9:56.63.

The Classical Academy won the boys meet with 118 points. Doherty was second with 92 ½, and Pine Creek was third with 88 ½.

This week, Alamosa will venture out of state to Chandler, Ariz., where it will compete at the Chandler Rotary Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Girls team scores

Pine Creek 99 1/6, Widefield 86, Alamosa 84, Mesa Ridge 82, Pueblo West 82, The Classical Academy 74 ½, Elizabeth 48, Doherty 35 1/3, Swallows Charter Academy 26, Pueblo South 24, Vista Ridge 20, Hoehne 17, Palmer Ridge 16, Pueblo County 13, Pueblo East 12, Custer County 11, La Junta 5, Fowler 3, Rye 2, La Veta 1.

Boys team scores

The Classical Academy 118, Doherty 92 ½, Pine Creek 88 ½, Alamosa 61, Vista Ridge 60, Pueblo West 51, Pueblo South 43, Widefield 35, Elizabeth 32, Pueblo East 25 ½, Pueblo Centennial 20, Pueblo County 17, Pueblo Central 12 ½, Palmer Ridge 12, Mesa Ridge 11, La Junta 9 ½, John Mall 8, Cotopaxi 5 ½.