Girls’ Track Team Reigns Victorious at John Tate


During preliminaries on Friday at John Tate, Finn places 1st in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 48.89 seconds

Kaitlyn Davidson, Reporter

For the second year in a row, the Manitou Springs High School

girls’ track team won the prestigious 1st place at the John Tate meet.

The large meet hosted over 30 schools and two divisions. This meet has been known to be highly competitive, as the records set by student athletes rarely stay in place for more then a couple years.

The Manitou Springs Mustangs finished with 98 points, 17 points ahead of the second-place team from Calhan High School.

Pressure was high due to the fact that it was one of the first State qualifying meets.

Distance Coach Tim Hilt said, “They logged an intense second day to be able to come from behind and it was a well rounded victory  from throws to distance to sprints.”

Despite the hard week of training leading up to this meet without much recovery, the girls had very impressive performances.

Kelsey Hartwig (12) placed 1st in the Triple Jump and Long Jump.

Taylor Finn (12) also ran very competitively. Finn finished 1st in the 100 meter hurdles and 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles.

In the Shot Put, Angala Jensen  (12) placed 1st and Alex Riley (12) placed 6th, contributing over ten points to the team.

The boys’ team placed third overall.