Longhorns launch into new track/field season
The Aspen times
The Longhorns are off and running.
The Basalt High School track and field team launched into a new season last week at the annual Rifle Invitational.
The Longhorns, under new head coach Allyson Kottyan and assistant coach Jeremy Duncan, joined some 21 other high school teams at the opening Rifle event.
Kottyan ran track and cross country at Georgia Tech. Duncan is an avid trail runner and ultra runner. He formerly competed for Oklahoma Baptist University.
“We are so proud of the BHS team. The Rifle Invitational was a great start for our athletes, who prevailed even during freezing wind conditions, and many took home new PRs in their events,” Kottyan said. “We have a young team and are excited about building momentum throughout the season and creating a foundation in which we can continue building year after year.”
Basalt senior Jake Schiesser led the Longhorns. He finished second in the triple jump at (40-21/2) and a fifth-place finish (5-10) in the high jump.
Fellow senior Caleb Rewinkel, a multiple state qualifier last year, won third place in the 300-meter hurdles (43.60) and had a seventh place (5-8) in the high jump.
In the 400-meter dash, Basalt junior Pedro Rivera finished seventh with a time of 54.65.
On the relay front, finishing fourth in the 4×800 relay were seniors Cameron Firmin and Matthew Anderson with juniors Cullen White and Pablo Rivera (9:09.24).
In the 4×100 relay, juniors Pedro Rivera, Kyle Roberts, Ian Lumsden and sophomore Kyle Hofferbert finished seventh (47.73).
The 4×400 relay team of senior Firmin and juniors Roberts and Pedro and Pablo Rivera took eighth place.
The Basalt boys finished 10th out of 22 teams.
For the girls, the relay teams started fast, winning the first event of the day in cold conditions. Four sophomores — Michelle Cabrera, Alyssa Maniscalchi, Nicole Alvarado and Becca White — teamed to finish second in the 800 medley with a time of 2:02.11.
Alvarado continued earning points for her team with a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash (64.11). Teammate freshman Megan Maley finished sixth (66.78) in the 400-meter dash.
Alvarado also finished seventh in the crowded field (58 runners) in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 13.84.
Sophomore Kaylin Williams cleared 4-8 in the high jump to earn fifth place.
Freshman Maley, with sophomores White, Jenna Curnow, and Stephanie Anglin (all members of the Basalt High School cross country team that went to the state championships this year) finished fifth in the 4×800 (11:10.93).
The 4×100 relay saw senior Kalissa Stump and sophomores Alvarado, Cabrera, and Maniscalchi earn fifth place with a time of 54.10.
The Basalt girls finished 11th out of 21 teams.
The Longhorns will compete next in the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on April 2.
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