MPHS track team holding their own after spring break hiatus |

MPHS track team holding their own after spring break hiatus

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Middle Park High’s track and field athletes are beginning to work their way up the results in their latest two meets.

The Panther tracksters competed in the League Relays at Holy Family High School near Broomfield on Tuesday, April 15. Then last Friday, April 18, they were back in competition at a state-meet prequalifer at Horizon.

“These meets were great ways for us to run ourselves back into shape after spring break,” said Coach Christine Dubois-Miller.

At the League Relays at Holy Family, Middle Park’s girls earned some impressive results, including a victory in the 1600-meter medley. The team of Amanda Lange, Melissa Plum, Lihla Clancy and Samantha Berggren ran the distance in 4:42.06.

Taking the runner-up spot in the girls shot put relay was Middle Park’s team of Elsa Krieg, Kathy Childress and Katie Mattfeld. They threw the shot for a combined distance of 72 feet, 9 inches.

The team of Rachel Linke, Amanda Lange and Jessica Gleisberg picked up a second-place finish in the long jump relay. They jumped for a combined distance of 38 feet, 5-3/4 inches.

Also placing second was the team of Quincey Pedersen and Cheyenne Hickox in the triple jump relay. Their combined leap covered a distance of 60 feet, 1-1/2 inches.

Pedersen and Hickox also combined their efforts in the high jump relay. Their combined jump of 7 feet, 2 inches earned them a third place.

A third place was taken by the Panther team of Elsa Krieg, McCall Linke and Katie Mattfeld in the discus relay. They threw the discus for a combined distance of 229 feet, 7-1/2 inches.

Katie Mattfeld, Quincey Pedersen, Cheyenne Hickox and Samantha Berggren combined their efforts to place third in the 4 x 100-meter relay.

In the 4 x 200-meter relay, Middle Park’s team of Melissa Plum, Jacqueline Thomas, Lihla Clancy and Samantha Berggren earned a third-place finish with a time of 1:56.16.

Another third place was taken in the girls 4 x 800-meter by the team of Jessica Gleisberg, Kelly Little, McCall Linke and Rachel Linke. They ran the distance in 12:29.14.

The Panther boys picked up three third-place finishes at the League Relays at Broomfield.

One of those third places was taken in the 800-meter medley relay. Middle Park’s team of Marc Schmidt, Mateo Jackson, Simon Nicol and Zach Peterson sprinted the distance in 1;45.51.

A second third-place finish came in the boys’ shot put relay. Mike Schmidt, Jared Cooper and Vinny Crippen threw the shot for a combined distance of 92 feet, 3 inches.

Rounding out Middle Park’s effort at the League Relays was the third place earned in the boys’ triple jump. The team of Marc Schmidt, Simon Nicol and Patrick Hutchins combined their efforts to leap 97 feet, 2-1/2 inches.

During last Friday’s track meet at Horizon, the Panther girls took the runner-up spot in the team competition. Middle Park’s boys finished sixth.

Jacqueline Thomas won the girls’ pole vault by going over the bar at 9 feet, 6 inches. This result improved upon her previous prequalifying vault.

Samantha Berggren prequalified for the state meet in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter dashes. She set a new Middle Park High School record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.95 seconds, which shattered the old record set of 59.33 by Jenny Glenn in 1998.

Quincey Pedersen finished in second place in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 5 inches.

A second place was earned by Mike Schmidt in the boys’s discus with a throw of 130 feet, 1 inch.

Lihla Clancy earned the runner-up spot in the girls’ pole vault with a height of 7 feet, 6 inches.

In the girls’ 4 x 100-meter relay, the Panther team of Amanda Lange, Cheyenne Hickox, Melissa Plum and Quincey Pedersen took second place with a time of 58.57 seconds.

A third-place finish went to Cheyenne Hickox in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.73 seconds.

Rounding out the finishes for Middle Park at the Horizon meet was the third place taken in the girls’s 4 x 800-meter relay with a time of 11:47.58 that was raced by the team of Sarah Williams, McCall Linke, Rachel Linke and Kelly Little.

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