by Joshua Schott
The first day of the regional Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track championships, held in Alamosa, were highlighted by Metro finishing with four provisional qualifying times.
On Feb. 28, senior sprinters Belle Kiper and Jon Clarke both hit provisionals along with the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams.
Kiper finished fourth in the long jump and set a school-record with a distance of 5.63-meters, but her day didn’t end there. She also placed eighth in the prelims of the 200-meter sprint with a time of 26.02 seconds.
Kiper was also a part of the distance medley relay team that finished second with a time of 12:31.85, along with sophomore distance runner Janelle Lincks, junior middle distance runner Judith Chavez and sophomore distance runner Breanna Hemming. Hemming placed fifth in the 800-meter prelims with a time of 2:20.09 which landed her a spot in the finals on Saturday as well.
For the men’s team, Clarke finished the 60-meter prelims in 6.86 seconds and the 200-meter prelims in 21.89 seconds which landed him in second and first place, respectively. He will go on to compete in the finals on Saturday where in the 200-meter race he will run alongside fellow sprinter, junior Justin Jimmerson who finished fourth in the prelims with a time of 22.24 seconds.
The men’s distance medley team made up of senior distance runner Kirk Harvey, junior distance runner Nick Kadlec, junior middle distance runner Michael Warburton and freshman middle distance runner Ryan Boucher finished fourth with a time of 10:27.76.
At the end of day one the women’s team was in eighth place with 13 points, and the men’s team was tied for sixth place with five points.