Prep roundup: Sand Creek, with home track and field meet canceled, takes on Incline instead

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Photo - St. Mary's Gavin Sturtevant pitches during the St. Mary's and Florence baseball game at the Grace Center for Athletics on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.
St. Mary's Gavin Sturtevant pitches during the St. Mary's and Florence baseball game at the Grace Center for Athletics on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.

Sand Creek, with meet off, takes on Incline instead

Sand Creek's track and field team has some unexpected free time this week, in addition to spring break.

That's because its annual invitational, scheduled for Friday at Vista Ridge, was canceled due to lack of interest.

Undaunted, first-year coach Monte Gutowski has plans to keep things positive during the down time after competition last weekend at the Terror Invite at Garry Berry Stadium.

"We're going to do the (Manitou) Incline as a team," Gutowski said. "We're going to do something different after being business as usual last week. We'll meet throughout the week, but the Incline is something we haven't done, and I'm all for team bonding and changing things up a bit."

Sand Creek has partnered with its District 49 rival for years to hold the Scorpion Invitational, but by this time next year, it'll be a true home event, thanks to summer improvements to turf the field and redo the entire track.

"We're the only school in the district not to have a turf field, and our track has been in rough shape for a while," Gutowski said. "This has been on the table for some time. That change will be great."

St. Mary's looks forward to heading south following weather-stricken home event

All things considered, the fact that the annual baseball tournament hosted by St. Mary's over the weekend lost only three of the 18 scheduled games due to Friday's onslaught of winter weather was a feat in itself.

Just be sure to give the folks at Runyon Field in Pueblo a big pat on the back.

"Hat's off the guys down there," Pirates coach Bill Percy said while en route to spring break in Arizona. "I got a hold of them late Friday, and by Saturday morning, they were ready. They had 12 hours to not only prep the field, but hire people to be there and all the logistics to make it happen. They made their facility available for us and helped make the tournament a success."

Snow won't be a problem for Percy's bunch this week as the Pirates hope to improve in Arizona, but without wins and losses as an indicator. St. Mary's will meet Littleton on Thursday at Desert Vista High School in its only game.

"I realized long ago that we can play in tournaments anywhere," Percy said. "To me, the time teaching and practicing is invaluable. We're able to get a lot done in great weather and beautiful facilities. The kids like it because there's no pressure from school, and the time flies by. If we can mix in a game or two, great, but we can make a lot of progress, and typically these are some of the best practices we have."

Canon City sprinter triples up in Pueblo

For Aaron McCoy, a senior at Canon City, it was as easy as 100, 200 and 300 on Saturday at the Pack Challenge at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo.

McCoy took first in the 100-meter dash (11.00 seconds) and also claimed the 200 in 22.20. He combined that with a triumph in the 300 hurdles in a scorching time of 39.58, just .19 seconds off the fastest mark in the state this season.

Speaking of fastest times in hurdles, Rampart's Xavier Bishop-Falu had a run to remember Saturday at the Broomfield Shootout. The senior clocked a time of 14.54 in the 110, the quickest of any male athlete in Colorado this season.