Track Competes at State Qualifying “Twilight Meet”

Adele Goodwin and Kayla Hendricks

The April 5th track meet was anything but ordinary. The second state qualifying meet out of the whole season is referred to as the “Twilight Meet”.

This meet not only defined the athletes’ futures but defined their spot on the track team they competitively compete in. Abbie Boren (12) has been running track and the Twilight Meet for four years. “I feel confident about this season and I feel that our team has a lot of potential and work ethic,” Boren said.  Boren has a special role on the team as team captain. Boren is described as a
natural leader and a true friend. She is a critical part of the team making the 4 by 4 an interesting race at the twilight meet.

Alexia Vigil, one of the few freshmen that competed, placed in many events, leaving her joyful and hopeful to see what the upcoming years of track have in store for her. “I like running and being competitive,” Vigil said. Alexia enjoys track and especially enjoyed the twilight meet.

Byrd McCarley is also a senior at Manitou Springs High School and has been doing track for three years. Byrd competes in the open 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and the 4 by 200-meter relay. He likes the competitive league the Twilight Meet brings to the table.

“We are pretty young as a team but we have shown some pretty strong performances,” said Stryker Lane, the American Government teacher at MSHS and a top coach for the track team. He specifically teaches discus and shot put. Lane likes teaching but also likes watching the competitions. “We are going to lose some well-advanced runners next year and hopefully the new seniors will step in and fulfill the roles of the other seniors,” Lane said.