Hotchkiss boys score 77 for fifth place finish

Photo by Tamie Meck Jacob Stucker, of Hotchkiss, clears 6-2 at the Hotchkiss Invitational. Stucker, who placed fourth overall in the event, is a first-year track team member and made his first high jump attempt two weeks before Saturday's meet.

Elijah Patrick had the sole win of the day for the Bulldogs, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches to tie for first in the high jump.

Teammate Jacob Stucker cleared 6-2 to place fourth overall. Stucker, a junior, is a first-year track team member and started high jumping two weeks ago.

At the meet, Roaring Fork's Jasper Germain was declared the winner in the high jump after clearing the bar at 6-4 in a three-way jump off. After further review, it was found that Patrick and Plateau Valley's Noah Castro, who also tied for first, had missed one jump at 6-2, and Germain had one miss at a lower height, Germain was awarded third place and six points. While 10 points are awarded to the winner of each event, Castro and Patrick were each awarded nine points for the tie.

In other individual events, Patrick also placed seventh in the triple jump (38-6).

Senior Sam Rodriguez won silver in the 800m run with a time of 2:06.27. Jace Peebles placed fourth in the 110m hurdles (17.25).

In the throwing events, senior Nolan Egging won bronze in the discus with a throw of 119-6 and Colton Peebles finished seventh with a throw of 103-8. In shot put, Jacob Stucker and Kevin Chavez placed fourth and fifth, respectively with throws of 39-5.5 and 39-4.

The 4X200m relay team of Colton Peebles, Rodriguez, Malykai Klaseen and Robert Cochran placed third in 1:38.65, and the 4X400m team of Peebles, Peebles, Rodriguez and Cochran finished fourth in 3:47.96.

The 4X100 team of Jace Peebles, Robert Cochran, George Arroyo and Colton Peebles placed seventh; the 4X800m team of Nick Jung, Myles Zoutte, Will Ela and Kenny Drbohlav finished sixth in 9:39.91.

George Arroyo, Saul Cortez, Oliver Mendoza and Jesus Macias also won the 800m sprint medley relay. While the medley is not an official boys' race, it is offered at a handful of meets throughout the season.

For the first time in recent years, no new meet records were set. For results and a list of records, visit

Saturday's competition also marked the first track meet held on the newly-resurfaced eight-lane track and jumping pits. Seventeen boys teams and 18 girls teams competed at the meet, which was held under slightly cloudy skies and in temperatures that reached into the mid 60s. Spectators were able to watch the events from new bleachers.

Hotchkiss competes this Saturday at the annual Cedaredge Invitational. Competition opens at 9 a.m.

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