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Dove Creek, Dolores make mark in league meet

Dove Creek’s Chorbin Cressler, shown at the state meet last year, won the 200-meters and placed second in the 100-meters Thursday at the San Juan Basin League meet. (Joel Priest/Special to The Journal)
Bulldogs take 3rd; Bears take 5th and 6th at SJBL championships

Dove Creek and Dolores high schools put their best foot forward on the San Juan Basin League stage and earned some all-league spots in the championship meet.

Dove Creek picked up third place as a team for the boys and girls, while the Dolores girls finished fifth overall, while the boys ran to a sixth place team finish.

The Dove Creek boys showcased their strength in the sprints and jumps in Thursday's meet at Ignacio High School. Two Bulldogs won the horizontal jumping events, as junior Kade Hankins topped the long jump field (20 feet, 10¼ inches) and classmate Quaden Huffaker won the triple jump (38 feet, 5¾ inches).

Hankins also ran to a pair of additional league titles in the 110 hurdles (17.47) and 300 hurdles (46.36). Senior Chorbin Cressler headlined a trio of Bulldogs scoring in the 100-meter dash, taking second in the race (11.66), while Huffaker finished in third (12.24) and junior Dustin Glover took fifth (12.40).

Cressler came back to win the 200 meters (24.05) and helped the Bulldogs 4x100 (46.13) and 4x200 (1:39.28) take second place in the field.

The girls program leaned on the hurdle and field events for their points haul. Junior Trista Barnett took second in the 100 hurdles (18.20) and 300 hurdles (51.86), while the Bulldog 4x100 relay took top spot (56.34). The sprint medley relay finished runner-up (2:07.52).

In the throws, junior Tara Glover won double-gold, taking both the shot put (33 feet, 6½ inches) and discus (103 feet). Classmate Rylee Hickman claimed third in the discus (82 feet, 6 inches) after a fourth place in the long jump (13 feet, 5 inches).

Freshman Ralynn Hickman rounded out the league champs for the Dove Creek girls, taking the triple jump with a leap of 27 feet, 1 inch.

The Dove Creek boys scored 85 points, just narrowly behind Ignacio (88 points) to take third overall. Mancos won the team title with 165 points. On the girls side, the Bulldogs tallied 76 points, while Ignacio earned 98 points and league champs Mancos scored 126.

The Dolores Bears brought a formidable presence to the SJBL meet, with plenty of high finishes to show for their efforts.

Junior Akima Edwards lay claim to the lone individual Dolores league title, winning the long jump (14 feet, 11¼ inches), and made noise in her other events as well. Edwards took second in the 200 (29.03) and third in the 100 (13.80), while the Bears added three finishers in the top six of the 400 – Maya Lowe (fourth, 1:11), Siena Parr (fifth, 1:13), and Isla Vaughn (sixth, 1:14).

Elia Lowe ran to a third-place finish in the 1,600 (6:19), just in front of Maya (6:20), while the Bears would add a league title in the 4 x 400 relay (5:06). Parr would take third in the 3,200 meters, as well (15:26), and Elia took fifth in the 800 (2:51) to round out Bears scoring in the meet.

For the boys, junior Dylan Rantz scored in the 100 (4th, 12.38), 200 (5th, 26.37) and 400 (6th, 1:00.87) to join Gabe Allred as a multi-event scorer.

Allred picked up sixth place in the 800 (2:41), while scoring in both the throwing events (5th discus, 105 feet, 2 inches and 6th shot put, 31 feet, 10 inches).

Dolores' girls put up 59 points in the meet to finish in the middle of the pack, while the Bears' boys team scored 11 points in the meet.