8 Tigers head to state track


— They're not backing down. Eight Hayden athletes qualified for the state track meet at the regional meet in Grand Junction May 13 and 14.

Additionally, nine Tigers contributed to new school records.

"They were superb," coach Kevin Kleckler said. "This is the largest group of athletes I've taken to the state meet in the seven years I've been coaching."

The girls placed ninth out of 16 teams at the meet.

The relay team of Jessi Babish, Jeanette Miller, Kristin Brown and Jaci Etzler had another stellar meet. They took first place in the 400-meter relay with a time of 53.13 seconds, earning them a berth to the state meet. The Tiger team is ranked No.1 in the state in the 2A division

The girls also set a new school record in the 800-meter medley relay. Their time of 1 minute, 57.12 seconds earned them second place and a ticket to the state meet in that event as well.

Etzler, a freshman, qualified as an individual in the 100-meter dash. Her third-place time 13.26 was not her best of the season, but coach Kleckler is sure she is on her way to breaking a school record.

The boys placed seventh out of 16 teams.

Joel Wixson took two second-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, with times of 11.70 and 23.60, respectively. He qualified for the state meet in both events. He is ranked No.2 in both events in the state in the 2A division.

Wixson, Jacques Denker, Glen Frentress, and Matt Walden also qualified for the state meet with a 400-meter relay time of 46.71. The same four boys will also be racing in the 800-meter relay in the state meet, in which they placed third with a time of 1:36.68.

Frentress, Mark Murphy, Adam Reck and Nathan Deepe broke a school record in the 3,200-meter relay in 9:50.55.

Deepe broke his own record in the 3,200-meter run in 11:35:55.

State competitors will be leaving for Clark Stadium in Pueblo today. The meet will take place there Friday and Saturday.


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