Abarca paces Aspen High track team with sprint sweep
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School sprint sensation Sunday Abarca swept the sprints at the annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet.
Abarca, the reigning Class 3A state champion in the 400-meter dash, won the 400, the 200 and the 100 at the meet at Coal Ridge, with 17 schools participating.
Abarca won the 400 at Coal Ridge in 49.93 seconds.
His winning time in the 200-meter dash was 22.51.
And he won the 100-meter dahs in 11.16.
Abarca, a junior, also teamed with Connor Laughren, Nicholas Laughren and Arnold Muasa to help the Skiers finished third in the 4×400 relay.
They boosted the Aspen boys to a third-place team finish at Coal Ridge with 48 points. Coal Ridge won with 207. Basalt was second at 82 with Aspen next.
They were followed by Hotchkiss, Roaring Fork, Lake County (Leadville), Meeker, Plateau Valley (Collbran), North Park (Walden), Cedaredge, Soroco (Oak Creek), Vail Christian, Rifle, Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs, Lake City and Hayden.
Jake Ferlisi of the Skiers finished fourth in the boys discus at 120-8. And Liam Locke of Aspen finished sixth in the boys 800.
Mckenna Woodrow paced the Aspen girls at Coal Ridge.
She finished second in the girls 800 in 2:32.73, just behind Chloe Veilleux of Soroco (2:30.46).
Aspen teammate Adair Pattillo finished third in 2:33.83. Sara Schenck was fifth in 2:36.85, giving the Skiers three finishers among the top five in the girls 800.
Woodrow also finished in a tie for fourth place in the girls high jump.
Woodrow teamed in the girls 4×400 with Marley Duncan, Julia Jungquist and Adair Pattillo to finish fifth.
The Aspen girls 4×200 team of Duncan, Beth Freeman, Jungquist and Cliara Sanchez finished fourth in 1:55.69.
Sanchez added a fifth in the girls discus; Jungquist also finished sixth in the girls 200.
The Skies are set to compete in the Green Mountain Invitational on the Front Range next weekend.
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