LAKEWOOD — It’s a mindset that Camille Morales isn’t normally accustomed to. Sprint running is not the Evergreen sophomore’s thing like distance running is, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell such. She ran the anchor leg of Evergreen’s sprint medley relay March 8 like she belonged.
Morales stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Lauren Russell, who injured her hamstring earlier in the high jump at the season-opening Ralston Valley Relays, to join Marie Newkirk, Lia Morrow and Maddie Mosby to run a meet-winning time of 2 minutes, 2.15 seconds. The Evergreen foursome easily defeated second-place Green Mountain by 7.13 seconds.
“I just kind of stepped up and gave it my all. My team set me up really well. It was a fun race,” Morales said.
Evergreen’s diversity and depth comes in handy, Newkirk said.
“I think we’re lucky cause our team has depth in a lot of different events so it makes it easier to pull people in for an event like this where it’s different lengths of events,” Newkirk said.
It was one of six victories for Evergreen at Jefferson County Stadium as the girls took second place and the boys were third. The Lady Cougars finished with 106 points. D’Evelyn won the girls title with 141 points. On the boys side, EHS had 82.5 points. Ralston Valley won with 115, while D’Evelyn was second with 93.
While Morales anchored the sprint medley team to victory she led off for the Evergreen’s distance medley squad, which included Kat Moss, Kaitlin Schmitt and Jane Jensen. The Lady Cougars won in a time of 14 minutes, 26.48 seconds. Evergreen’s girls also won the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle. On the boys side, the Cougars won the 4x100.25 relay, also known as the throwers relay, the high jump relay and triple jump relay. Not a bad way to start the season.
“I thought it was a great day first day for us. I was really surprised,” Evergreen head coach Scott Haebe said. “Everybody’s been kind of dealing with the conditions the last few weeks, but up in Evergreen we literally got on the track two days ago. That’s the first day we’ve been on the track. First started getting in the blocks (March 7) and working on handoffs and stuff like that. I think it’s been a great first day for us.”
Even if it’s a little different than your normal meet. All events, even the field ones, are scored as a relay. And yet something, such as the triple jump, didn’t stop Evergreen. The boys team won that behind a combined score of 150 feet, 7.5 inches from Andre Lane, Thomas Warren, Kyle Amann and E.J. Rainville. Ralston Valley came in second at 145-4.
“It’s kind of fun. We only do this a couple of times a year,” Lane said. “We’re normally pretty good jumpers. It’s not a big surprise that we got this win.”
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