Girls and boys track and field have strong showing at Mullen Invitational

The Eagles competed at the Mullen Invitational this past weekend and had several standout performances. The weather cooperated for great conditions at the high-powered invitational meet.  

The girl’s team had several standout performances and is showing steady progress as a top team in the 4A ranks. Sophomore Destiny Grimes had a personal record in the 100m hurdles, running 15.64 and moving into fourth all-time at Valor in that event. She also ran a season-best in the 300m hurdles, as well as running a leg on the 4x100m relay with Sadie McMullen, Hannah Peters and Hannah Tesone that posted a season best mark. Izzi Mroz jumped 35’ 2 ¾” in the triple jump in her first meet and moved into second all-time in the program. Sophomore Lizzie Waters won her heat in the 300m hurdles and set a personal record at 47.74 and moving into third all-time. Senior Abby Zuschlag ran a big personal record in the 1600m, running in 5:33.67 ,and moving into fourth on the all-time list. Sophomore Hannah Tesone had a big performance in the 100m and won her heat with a personal best of 13.10. Bianca Lopez broke through in the 400m for a lifetime best of 59.52 and remains third all-time in the event. Avery Vieregger also added six inches to her pole vault best by jumping 10’6”, and remains in the #3 all-time position. Sophomore Joy Gerow also hit a lifetime best in the discus with a throw of 96’ 3”. Sophomore Anna Hall competed in the Arcadia Invitational on Thursday/Friday in southern California in the heptathlon in her first outdoor meet of the season. The invite-only meet is one of the top high school invitational events in the country, attracting the best from the US and even a few International competitors. Anna finished second overall in the heptathlon, scoring 4963 and breaking two school records and three additional performances in the top five all-time at Valor. Her high jump of 5’ 7 “ and long jump of 16’ 11 ¼” made her the school record holder in both events.

The boy’s team showed up and competed tough and had an overall good weekend as well.  The 4×100 team of Titan Birkholz, Buddy Nelson, Austin Saupe and Zach Reid ran a season best time of 44.06 despite a tough handoff in the third exchange when Austin dove to get the baton to Zach. The 4×200 relay also showed a big improvement posting a time of 1:31.57 with the team Titan Birkholz, Buddy Nelson, Zach Reid and JJ Jungjohann. They placed fourth in the invitational section of the meet. Multi-sport athlete Zach Reid had a nice long jump and outdoor personal best of 19’2”. The Rose brothers, Peyton and Preston, had solid performances in the shot put with throws of 45’ 1” and 44’ 7 ½” respectively.      

Next weekend the squad heads back to Jeffco Stadium for the Pomona Invitational.