St. Paul rules the Buckaroo Round-up
The girls roll to a 42-point win and the boys edge Crosshill Christian by 13 at annual meet
After a one-year hiatus, the Buckaroo Roundup track meet returned to St. Paul High April 26, welcoming a field of 10 teams.
The annual tradition was not held in 2013, giving supporters time to raise more than $100,000 to resurface the track over the summer.
On a blustery and occasionally rainy day, the Buckaroos stable of athletes took home four first-place finishes each on the boys and girls side en route to sweeping both competitions.
Sophomore Emma Coleman won her second straight title in the shot put, eclipsing her previous career best by more than a foot with a throw of 35 feet, 9.5 inches.
Coming into the season, Colemans previous PR was a mark of 34-4.75 at the 1A state championships, a mark that landed her a fourth-place finish her freshman year. Her last throw has earned her No. 1 in the district and the third best among 1A athletes in the state.
Junior Remy Brentano added a first place finish in the 100, her first of the season in the event, with a time of 13.84. She also placed second in the long jump (14-2.5) and third in the 200 (29.44).
Fellow junior Karina Diaz also picked up her first win of the season after leading the field in the 100 hurdles with a season-best time of 18.94.
Senior Carolina Ruvalcaba matched her season-best attempt of 7-0 in the pole vault to take second place and went on to finish fourth in both the 100 (14.34) and 200 (30.04) sprints.
C.S. Lewis ties Perrydale for seventh
Led by the trio of Lana Friedrich, Halah Grobey and Katelyn Reimer, C.S. Lewis compiled 27 points to tie Perrydale for seventh.
Friedrich had the highest finishes of the bunch, placing third in the 1,500 (5:44.19) and the javelin (87.9), and also took fourth in the 3,000 (12:54.15).
Reimer scored points with a fourth-place showing in the 800 (2:45.02) and a sixth-place finish in the 400 (69.64).
Grobeys 15.61 mark in the 100 was good enough for eighth and she also joined with Friedrich, Reimer and Tajanae Perkins to take third in the 4 x 100 relay (1:00.07).
On the boys side, St. Paul junior Joe Hiller had his hands or feet, as it were on a pair of wins for the Bucks.
Individually, Hiller scored his second win of the season in the long jump with a leap of 19-0. Hiller is the current 1A leader in the state with a personal-record mark of 20-10.5 recorded earlier in the month.
Hiller followed his win by teaming with David Martinez,?Fernando Dela Cerda and Tanner Bernhardt to take first in the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 48.44.
Senior Austin Burleson picked up a big win in the discus after adding more than six feet to his previous PR with a throw of 125-2.
After breaking the 100-foot mark just once as a junior, Burleson has eclipsed the century mark in four different meets this season. His new PR ranks as the top mark in the district and is second to Powder Valleys Brock Jones (130-6) among all 1A throwers in the state.
Burleson also joined Keenan Phillips to give the Buckaroos a 1-2 finish in the 110 hurdles. Phillips picked up the win with a PR-time of 18.74, while Burleson followed at 19.94.
Like their female counterparts, the Watchmen boys placed seventh with 30 points.
Freshman Elon Grobey and sophomore Austin Friedrich powered C.S. Lewis, teaming with Matt Warren and Christian Blair to finish second to St. Paul in the 4 x 100 relay (50.1) in addition to their work individually.
Grobey had strong day, finishing second in the 400 (56.90), third in the long jump (18-6) and fourth in the 200 (25.65), while Friedrich was second in the 800 (2:15.53). Warren also scored points with his fourth-place finish in the 100 (12.10).
Both St. Paul and C.S. Lewis are down to just two meets before the district championships May 16-17. Both will travel to Salem Academy Thursday for an eight-team event featuring PacWest and Tri-Valley teams.
Seth Gordon contributed to this report