After competing in five meets over the past two weeks, members of the Dolores High School boys and girls track teams are ready to rest.
The teams' latest performance came at the B&B Invitational in Aztec, April 25-26, and according to head coach Nick Kohler, the effects of fatigue showed.
"The times that we ran were pretty good, but at big meet like the (B&B Invitational), we would have to PR just to place," Kohler said. "We didn't run in several relays and we just tried to recuperate after five meets in two weeks."
Among the top placers for the Dolores boys team were Mikeal Ford, who finished sixth in the 100-meter dash (11.79), and Branden Donaldson, who placed seventh in the triple jump (37 feet, 8½ inches).
Also cracking the top 20 on the boys side were Tristan Medina, who raced to a 13th-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (44.89), and Ruben Gomez, who finished 20th in the long jump (16 feet, 11¾ inches).
The Bears 4x100-meter relay team made up Trevor Robinson, Donaldson, Ford and Gomez finished seventh (46.39), as did the Bears 4x200-meter relay made up of Guy Wallace, Robinson, Ford and Wallace.
On the girls side, Dolores was led by Jessica Schleisser, who finished 11th in the discus (90 feet, 11 inches).
Taylor Elder finished 11th in the triple jump (30 feet, 2 inches); Kelly Charles placed 14th in the 400 (1:07.23); and Larissa Umberger finished 19th in the long jump (13 feet, 7½ inches).
Other top 20 finishers for the Lady Bears included Sierra Schwartz, who finished 12th in the 300-meter hurdles (28.98) and 18th in the 100-meter hurdles (18.98); and Olivia Wright, who placed 15th in the 200-meter dash (28.55) and crossed the line 18th in the 100-meter dash (14.16).
Next up for the Dolores track teams will be the Terry Alley Invitational, which will take place in Pagosa Springs on May 2.
"We're trying to gear up for this weekend," said Kohler. "Hopefully, everything will fall into place and we'll know where we stand."