Falcons track flying high

Posted 4/9/10

It may have been Mountain Range’s event, but Highlands Ranch girls track owned it. The Highlands Ranch High School track and field team had an …

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Falcons track flying high

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It may have been Mountain Range’s event, but Highlands Ranch girls track owned it.

The Highlands Ranch High School track and field team had an outstanding outing at the 16-team Mustang Invitational April 3 at Mountain Range High School in Westminster.

The Falcons captured seven individual titles while earning first place in the girls division and 10th in the boys.

Junior Eleanor Fulton, the defending 5A state champion in both the 1,600-meter rub and the 800 run, placed first in both events.

Freshman Kristi Oslund was the runner-up in the 1,600 and was third in the 800. Sophomore Kristen Kientz took the gold medal in the 3,200 run, while junior Tyler Nelson placed first in the 3,200 on the boys side.

The Falcons also won two girls relays, including the 400 with runners Sydney Nash, Avery Schlereth, Makenzie Douglas, and Ashley Phipps, and the 800 with Danielle Burns, Haley Caprioglio, Klair Goebel and Tierra Shumpert in the lineup. The sprint medley team was second in its event with Burns, Shumpert, Caprioglio and Emily Hickey handing off.

Shumpert also took the silver medal in the 100 dash.

In the field events, Pam Yu, a junior, captured gold in the long jump and placed second in the triple jump. Junior Marcus Byrd was fourth in the high jump.

The Falcons next competed in the Runners Roost Invitational April 10 at Mullen High School in Denver. Results of the meet were unavailable by press time.

The Highlands Ranch girls finished fifth in the state last year and are currently ranked in the top three. Returning state qualifiers for the Falcons include Fulton (1600, 800 and the 3,200 relay), Kientz (3,200 relay), Yu (long jump and triple jump), Hickey (1,600 relay), Katelyn McDaniel (1,600 relay), Klair Goebel (1,600 relay) and Nelson (1,600 run).

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