Panther tracksters dominate league meet |

Panther tracksters dominate league meet

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi News sports correspondent
Grand County, CO Colorado

The Middle Park Panthers took home all of the top hardware from the Frontier League track meet held last Saturday.

The women scored 209 points to outdistance Platte Canyon, which scored 184 points. The boys also won, scoring 199 points, which easily outdistanced Platte Canyon’s second-place total of 146 points.

In addition, the Frontier League Track Athletes of the Year were both Panthers.

Samantha Berggren won for the girls and Ben Shipman was awarded that honor for the boys.

“The tracksters did a great job at league, putting together some amazing performances,” said Coach Christine Dubois-Miller. “It was truly a team victory for both teams. Now we are gearing up for our regional meet in Grand Junction and setting ourselves up for the state track meet.”

The list of league champions is lengthy for both of the boys’ and girls’ teams.

Berggren continued to dominate in her races, winning the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1600-meter races.

The 1600-meter relay team of Quincey Pedersen, Kelly Allen, Lihla Clancy and Madeline Clancy won its event. Pedersen won the high jump, Allen was the long jump champion and Katy Mulligan was the winner in the pole vault.

Cheyenne Hickox won the 100-meter hurdle event while Pedersen, Allen and Mulligan swept the top three places in the high jump.

For the men, Shipman won the high jump, long jump and was part of the winning 1600-meter relay team with Sam Little , Mitch Stefen and Conner Nicklas. The 3200-meter relay team of Taber Miyauchi, Stefan, Nicklas and Ben Eaton was also victorious.

Miyauchi swept the 1600-meter and 3200-meter races while Little won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdled events and Mike Sobon won the 400-meter race.

Marc Schmidt won the pole vault and he was followed by fellow Panthers, Patrick Huchins and Kellen Lutz.

Coach Dubois-Miller is excited for the regional meet that started on Thursday, May 13 and will wrap up today in Grand Junction.

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