Englewood High School athletes took top honors in a number of track and field events, with the boys finishing first in the team standings and the girls third as the Pirates hosted the April 8 Windjammer Invitational.
“We have more kids out this year, which is a plus for our team,” Pirates coach Jay Graves said. “We have 35 kids on the roster, with 24 boys and 11 girls. Two of our seniors, Daryl Calbreath and Sam Westra, are our best candidates to qualify for state this year. We also have a couple girls from St. Mary's Academy running distance for us and they could make it to state, too.”
Englewood boys took top honors in the six-team meet with 161 points and Conifer finished second.
Pirates chalked up points as Culbreath and Taylor Blackburn finished one-two in the 100-meter dash. They also ran on the winning 4x200-meter relay team.
Westra won the 400-meter run with a time of 55.6 seconds while teammates John Altenhofen and Trevor Fama finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 1,600-meter run. Pirate relay teams finished one-two in the 4x400 relay and Derek Demilt won the discus with a throw of 96-10.
The meet turned out to be a good day for John Munoz as he won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.3 seconds and won the long jump with a leap of 16-10.
“My football coach told me I should run track, so I signed up to help me with my football skills,” the junior said. “I think the sprints in track help me get faster and competing in long jump helps me strengthen my focus and my legs."
Columbine won the girls team title and the Pirates finished third with 65 points. Englewood's Janae Brown took runner-up honors in the 100-meter dash.
The Pirates scored points in the 1,600- and the 3,200-meter runs thanks to the participation of girls from St. Mary's Academy. The best distance race performance of the day went to Isabella Morrissette, who won the 3.200-meter run in a time of 13 minutes, 18 seconds.