Coyotes howl with seven-point margin

Mirror Lake-Gruening season-opening track meet close


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Gruening teammates Christian Robinson-Merrill, Lane Varnado and Michael Thomas race toward the finish at the Gruening vs. Mirror Lake Track & Field Meet April 10.

MICHAEL DINNEEN

The season opener track meet between Mirror Lake and Gruening Middle Schools was closer than expected, with only seven points separating the two teams, in action at The Dome April 10.

Sporting two of the larger squads in the district, the dual meet was made a little more manageable due to the absence of 40 Mirror Lake athletes, attending a school band trip to San Diego, said Coyote head coach Mitch Tarter.

“I was pleased with our kids – this being our first time on a track this season,” said Tarter Sunday evening, reflecting on the meet.

Mirror Lake’s strengths were in the middle distance and field events particularly on the girls’ side, with the Coyotes sweeping the top four positions in the seventh-grade high jump, led by Kaitlyn Eastman.

Tarter gave special kudos to three-event winners seventh-grade Sophia Lestina and Skylar Harth, 8th-grade, winning the 100, 200, and long jump events.

Two-event winners for Gruening included Jack Smith, 7th (LJ, shot put), Geena Graf, 8th (shot put, 75m hurdles), and seventh-grader Cordell Johnson (100, 400).

The Mirror Lake head coach gave credit to Gruening for providing the performance of the day, as the Colt 8th-grade boys 1,600m relay posted the incredible time of 4:01.2, beating Mirror Lake’s top team by 36 seconds. The relay team consisted of Michael Altenburg, Randol Denney, Michael Maddox and Chase Wedel.

Gruening field event coach Ryan Landers praised his eighth-grade shot put contingent, placing 1-2-3, led by Derryk Snell.

Mirror Lake is scheduled to take part in an outdoor meet with Central and Wendler, at Wendler, Thursday, April 17, starting at 3:45 p.m.

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