Granby " Middle Park track team looks forward to more of its athletes returning |

Granby " Middle Park track team looks forward to more of its athletes returning

Still missing some of its top athletes, Middle Park High’s track and field team struggled through another meet in Frederick last weekend.

“This was a big meet this time,” said coach Christine Dubois-Miller. “The Frederick meet has certainly grown over the past few years.”

In the team results at the Frederick, the Panther girls placed 15th out of 21 teams. In the boys competition, Middle Park’s tracksters were 20th out of 23 teams.

The Panthers had a few highlights for the Frederick meet, including:

– Mike Schmidt won the boys’ discus with a throw of 137 feet, 11 inches. This also set a new Middle Park High School record. The old record was 137 feet, 9 inches earned by Anthony Curiel.

– Jacqueline Thomas took third place in the girls’ pole vault by going over the bar at a height of 8 feet, 6 inches. This earned Thomas a pre-qualification to the state meet in that event.

– Middle Park freshman Quincey Pedersen won the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 11 inches. She also placed seventh in the triple jump with 37 feet, 11-1/2 inches.

“Quincey won the high jump in a blizzard that swept in Saturday afternoon,” Dubois-Miller said. “As for our new discus record by Mike, we’re hoping to see him break it a few more times this season.”

She said the team is currently “building from the bottom” as it gets into the season and awaits the return of more of its athletes.

Middle Park High’s track and field team was scheduled to compete in the Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand High School this Saturday, but that meet was canceled due to current track conditions.

Instead, the Panthers will be competing this Saturday in the Highland Relays in Ault. The first events are scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

“We’re looking forward to the meet this Saturday,” Dubois-Miller said. “We expect some more of our athletes to come back and we want to see what they’ve got.”

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