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Mancos track teams shine at home invitational

Mancos sophomore Madilynn Ritter soars through the air while competing in the long jump at the Mancos Bluejay Invitaitonal Track Meet on May 29. (Erika Alvero/Special to The Journal)
Connor Showalter wins shot put; Desi Dainty Guifoyle and Grace Manning pace girls team with top-five finishes

Racing around their new track while competing against athletes from 11 schools, the Mancos High School girls and boys track teams more than held their own during the Mancos Bluejays Invitational Track Meet on May 29.

Pacing the many members of the Bluejays boys team that turned in top-five individual finishes was junior Connor Showalter, who placed first in the shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 11 inches, and second in the triple jump with a mark of 38 feet, 10 inches.

Junior Edgar Hernandez also performed well for Mancos, with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:05.87), a second-place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:47.38), and a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (36 feet, 5 inches).

Mancos senior Dustin Morning summons his strength while competing in the discus event at Mancos High School on May 29. (Erika Alvero/Special to The Journal)

Other top finishers included Dustin Morning, who placed fourth in the shot put (41 feet, 8 inches), Cole Dainty-Guifoyle, who finished fourth in the long jump (18 feet, 5 inches), and Josh Linder, who placed fifth in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches).

As a team, the Bluejays finished sixth out of the 12 teams in the boys’ standings. Durango High School won the boys championship.

On the girls’ side, Mancos was paced by senior stalwart Grace Manning, who finished fourth overall in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:06.22.

Desi Dainty-Guifoyle finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (13.87) and fourth in the 200-meter dash 29.12). Clara Most placed sixth in the 800-meter run (3:03.06), and Chloe Endres crossed the line seventh in the 800-meter run (3:04.10).

Overall, the Lady Jays team finished 10th in the 12-team meet, which was won by Durango High School.

Next up for the Mancos High School track teams will be the Ron Keller Invitational, in Durango on June 5.

Mancos junior Edgar Hernandez contorts his body while competing in the triple jump in Mancos on May 29.(Arika Alvero/Special to The Journal)
Mancos junior Connor Showalter leaps to a second-place finish in the triple jump at the Mancos Bluejays Invitational on May 29. (Erika Alvero/Special to The Journal)