Girls track finishes first before break

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— It's starting to look like Hayden High School head track coach Kevin Kleckler's plan is starting to pay off.

Where as in years past Kleckler - who also serves as the school's athletics director - wouldn't schedule track meets until after spring break, this year he decided to get two meets in against larger schools before the break.

The result was evident on Saturday in Meeker. The Tigers girls team finished first out of eight teams while the boys finished second out of eight teams.

"They've been working really hard in practice and it has been paying off," Kleckler said.

The girls team had 10 girls place in various events including three relay teams.

Girls placing for Hayden included: Emily Whiteman (second in the discus, third in the shot put), Jessica Martin (fifth in the long jump), Holli Salazar fourth in shot put), Caitlyn Mahanna (third in 100-meter hurdles, fourth in 300-meter hurdles), Laura Zirkel (second in 1,600 meter, second in the 3,200-meter), Maddison Kopsa (first in the triple jump, third in the 800-meter), Bryanna McFadden (fourth in the100-meter hurdles, fifth in the 300-meter hurdles), Calla Manzanares (second in the100-meter dash), Kirsten Miller (fifth in the 100-meter hurdles) and Jade Stees (sixth in the long jump).

The girls team also took first place in the 4x800 relay, second in the 4x200 relay and fifth in the 4x100 relay.

On the boys side, Zathan Bark (second in the 100-meter, second in the 400 meter), Garrett Murchison (seventh in the shot put), Russ Waugh (second in the shot put, second in the discus), Billy Zehner (second in the long jump, second in the triple jump), Coy Letlow (third in the 100-meter), Jake Walker (first in the 100 meter, sixth in the long jump) and Rene Valdez (fourth in the high jump, third in the 1,600 meter, fifth in the 800-meter) all placed.

The boys also placed first in the 4x100 relay.

Kleckler said he's been pleased with the way his athletes have been performing this early in the season, considering the amount of work they have the next month.

The Tigers have two meets a week for the next three weeks.

"We're going to keep on keeping on with the ultimate goal of doing well at state," he said.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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