Steamboat Springs One of the things that Tiger track coach Kevin Kleckler has learned over the years is that the world of sports is filled with ups and downs.
Last weekend in Pueblo the members of the Hayden track team got a little taste of both. It was an experience Kleckler is sure will make the team stronger in the future.
"It was a pretty good weekend all around," Kleckler said. "Things went pretty much as expected for the boys. Our girls hit a few bumps, but still had a pretty good showing."
The highlight for the Tigers had to be the boy's 800-meter relay team's second-place finish at the Dutch Clark Stadium.
Matt Walden, Jacques Denker, Kevin Miller and Joel Wixson teamed up to run the fastest time of the year in the biggest meet of the year. The squad completed the race in a time of 1 minute, 32.40 seconds to set a new school record en route to the second place finish.
The boy's 400-meter relay team also made it to the finals finishing fifth with a time of 45.59. That squad was made up of Walden, Glen Frentress, Denker and Kevin Miller.
The Tiger's Wixson also collected a pair of sixth place medals for his efforts in the 100- and 400-meter dashes. Wixson finished the 100 in a time of 11.60 and the 400 in a time of 52.80. Neither of the times were his fastest.
However, they did help the boys team collect a 12th place finish out of 51 teams at the meet.
"That's good," Kleckler said. "Sure we would have liked to finish better, but I'm happy with that finish."
The Tiger girls also had a solid meet, but a couple of bad breaks made this year's meet a little disappointing for those runners.
Kleckler said a false start and a botched exchange marred what should have been a great weekend for the girls team as well.
The Tigers only had five members on this year's girls team and all five made it to the state championship.
Top individual finishes last weekend came from Kristin Brown who took a sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.23 and Jaclyn Etzler who was sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.00. Etzler was also seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.41.
Hayden's 800-meter relay team also placed seventh with a time of 1:52.32. That team included runners Samantha Schoeberl, Andrea Deepe, Brown and Etzler.
The Tiger's 400-meter relay team was also poised to take a top finish at state, but a bad exchange led to the team being disqualified in the finals.
"It's a bad break," Kleckler said. "But that's the norm in sports anything can happen and that's what makes it fun."
The Hayden girls finished 24th out of 52 teams at the meet. It's a good start for what Kleckler thinks is a bright future for the team.