Ralston Valley boys win Mustang Invite

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WESTMINSTER — The Mustangs Invite has always had a good mix of track teams from around Denver, and that was very much of the case this year.

The track meet, which is held at North Stadium, featured 15 different schools on April 6 — including Class 3A juggernaut Holy Family squad.

Ralston Valley took first on the boys side with 113 points, followed by Highlands Ranch and Legacy.

Highlands Ranch girls came in first with 98.42 points, while Regis Jesuit was second and Denver East was third.

“The North Stadium facility has a reputation for fast times, and teams enjoy running there because of that,” Mountain Range track coach Chris Smith said. “Holy Family held their own against some very talented 5A schools on the boys side.” 

The meet had 10 new meet records, six on the boys side and four on the girls, Smith said.

Melanine Nun was first in the 1600-meter run, while her teammate Emma Gee was second. Nun won the race with a time of 5 minutes and 19 seconds, edging Gee by one second.

The Lightning placed sixth on the girls side.

Megan Close also took first in the girls high jump and Lindsey Gallowicz was third in the pole vault for the Lightning.

On the boys side, Legacy was first and Horizon was second in the 1600-meter relay. Matthew Drotar was also second in 400-meter dash for the Lightning, while Aron Ragins and Brandon Simmons were third and fourth in the 200 and Christopher Carroll was third in the 800. Zakery Wieman was also second in the boys shot put.

Mountain Range, which was missing several juniors due to an ACT workshop, took eighth on both the boys and girls side.

The Mustangs’ girls took second in the 1600-meter relay and its 800-sprint medley team was third, Cadence Pruitt was also second in the girls shot put.

Mountain Range’s boys 400- and 3200-meter relay team were both third and Darius Ortega was second in the boys discus

throw.

Horizon boys were seventh and the girls were ninth, led by Gabrielle Penaflor’s second place finish in the 3200-meter run. The Hawks were also second in the girls 3200-meter relay, while Holy Family was third.

On the boys side, the Hawks’ relay team was second in the 3200.

“I think that we had a good showing considering that we hadn’t competed since prior to spring break, two weeks ago,” Horizon coach Jim Smyth said.

“Now that we have the break behind us it is time to start focusing on getting to state, that means that we will be working harder at practice and improving with each meet along the way through the next five weeks.”

Holy Family boys were fifth, while the girls were 10th. Katrina Gallic took first in the girls shot put for the Tigers and was third in the discus throw.

Sean Arkario was second in the boys 1600, while Thornton’s Jose Garcia was second.

Ryan Younggreen was third in the 110-hurdles for the Tigers, while Weston Dinsmore was third in the high jump and Tyler Dudden was third in the discus

throw.

Thornton boys were 11th and the girls were 13th. The Trojans’ boys took first in the 3200-relay and Joshua Joseph was second in the 3200.

Northglenn boys were 12th, while the girls were 14th. Hannah Murphy was second in the girls shot put, while Alex Garcia was third in the boys shot put for the Norse.

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