Sterling Athletics Dominates Yuma Meet – Sterling Journal Advocate
It almost seems like Sterling Athletics never lost a year of competition.
On May 4th, the Tigers showed off their incredible athleticism and strength at the Yumas Bill Kalb Invitational when they took a large number of top 10 finishes on the boys and girls side. They stayed true to form even after missing the 2020 spring season.
These include several direct victories in the girls’ 4 × 100 meter relay (56.72 seconds), Dillyn Morton (girls’ triple jump, 29-11.75 distance), Mallory Kaiser (girls’ discus, 100-6 distance) and Tucker Myers (boys ‘triple) jump, 44-0.5 distance) and Xander Burns (boys’ pole vault, 12-7 height).
These markings barely scratch the surface for the overall success of the team.
In the women’s race, Morton took eighth place in the 100-meter run (14.80 seconds) and third place in the high jump (4-4 height). Haley Emmerson finished sixth in the 400-meter run (1: 12.30 minutes). Tristan Yocom finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles (20.24 seconds) and Halli Philip was right behind her fifth (20.68 seconds). This pair also went five and six in the 300 meter hurdles, where they recorded times of 59.77 seconds and 59.97 seconds, respectively.
The girls’ 4 × 400 relay team took fourth place (4: 59.33 minutes). Sydney Simons jumped to seventh place in the high jump (3-6 height). The girls’ long jump saw top 10 points from Emmie Farquhar (seventh, 12-8.5 distance) and Aubrey Wright (ninth, 12-4.5 distance). Farquhar was also second in the triple jump (29-3.5), just ahead of fourth Ailynn Wright (28-3.5).
Elizabeth Miller threw herself into seventh place in the pole vault (6-7 high). Gabriella Santos threw for fifth place in the discus (78-6 distance). Sterling saw three top 10 finishes in girls’ shot put: Kaiser (32-0.5 distance), Santos (seventh, 27-4.5 distance) and Jaden Penfold (eighth, 26-5.25 distance).
The boys saw just as much wealth.
Nathaniel Whited finished ninth in the 100 (12.56 seconds). Myers (24.49 seconds) and Peyton Rose (25.54 seconds) finished fourth and eighth in the 200. Michael Mertz-Valentine crashed to fifth place in the 400 (59.96 seconds). Moises Rivas was second in the 800 (2: 20.39 minutes). Saihier Owens jumped seventh in the 110 hurdles (20.46 seconds) and sixth in the high jump (5: 2). The 4 × 200 relay team finished fifth with a time of 1: 44.49.
Myers (second, 18-10.5 distance), Radek McCracken (third, 17-1.5), Whited (sixth, 16-11.25) and Rivas (ninth, 16-16.25) showed great results in the long jump . McCracken (third, 35-6) and Owens (fifth, 34-11.5) also made a name for themselves in the triple jump.
That was just the first meeting of the season. The Tigers were just as successful at the R2J Invitational on Friday in Berthoud. They head to Platte Valley on Saturday in hopes of continuing their dominance of the competition.