Colin Marks takes first in 100-meter; meet incomplete due to darkness

After having its first meet canceled Saturday due to weather, Park High’s track and field team didn’t get to finish its second meet due to darkness.

The results that did get in were impressive enough for those around the program to have high hopes for what’s to come.

“This is probably the best season opener we’ve had in years,” said head coach Ben Hahn.

Sprinter Colin Marks took first place in the boys 100-meter dash with a time of 11.24 seconds, .16 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Jack Waddell, a freshman Hahn had high hopes for going into the season, finished 13th with a time of 12.06 seconds. Park’s boys 4x100-meter relay team took third with a final time of 45.23 seconds, which was 1.56 seconds off the school record.

Other notable finishes include: Rainna Floyd took fourth in the girls shot put with a throw of 30 feet and 4.5 inches; Finn Walsh tied for second in the boys pole vault, posting a mark of 11 feet; Matt Netley took sixth in the boys 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, with times of 17.49 and 45.18 seconds, respectively; John Waddell finished ninth in the boys 200-meter dash, recording a time of 24.39 seconds; Mitch Parks and Sam Saarel took eighth and 11th, respectively, in the boys 800-meter, with times of 2:15.34 and 2:20.29, respectively; Zoe Glenn placed seventh in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 1:13.62; Larissa Saarel placed seventh in the girls 800-meter, recording a time of 2:41.16; Conor Pierson finished seventh in the boys 1600-meter after posting a time of 5:06.58.

No team scores were made official due to the meet being incomplete, but Hahn felt confident his team placed in the top three.

Park will host its first home meet April 17 against Big Timber.