One year after graduating several senior stalwarts, the Mancos High School track team returned to the Class 2A State Track Meet in Lakewood, May 20-21, and watched a new wave of talent emerge.
Pacing the Bluejays was freshman Caden Showalter, whose sixth-place finish in the discus (135 feet, 9 inches) made him the highest ranked ninth-grader at the meet. Showalter also finished 15th in the shot put (39 feet, 4¾ inches).
Freshmen Anthony Medina and Breccen Morelli also came through with solid performances for Mancos, finishing 14th in the long jump (19 feet, 1 inch) and 17th in the 400-meter dash (54.46), respectively.
Other individual finishers included Griff Huver, who placed 11th in the long jump (19 feet, 5 ¼ inches), Jack McKie, who finished 14th in the 3200-meter run (10:44.41), and Caden Galloway, who leapt to a 16th place finish in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches).
The Bluejays 4x800-meter relay team made up of Caleb Yoder, Teslin Stecher, McKie and Morelli finished fifth overall (8:38.70) and as a team, the Bluejays finished 32nd overall in Class 2A.