Track records fall as Dome Classic spotlights small schools

It’s a pretty good bus ride from Sedona to Flagstaff, especially in a school bus.  But the kids on the Red Rock HS track team made the trip worth their effort.

Red Rock took first place in both the men’s and women’s team competition at the annual Dome Classic high school meet at Northern Arizona University.  A field of 22 teams showed up, representing 3A, 2A, and 1A schools around the state.

The Red Rock women’s team blew away the rest of the field, finishing 24 points behind No. 2 Show Low HS.

And Billy Orman blew away a couple of the meet records.  The junior from Tuba City, the 3A state cross country champion last year, ran a 4:33.89 in the 1600m to set a new meet record, and then did the same thing in the 3200 with a time of 9:49.74.

Orman’s teammate, Ryan Yazzie, finished second to Orman in the mile and won the 800m in a time of 2:05.47.  Yazzie holds five individual state titles in track and cross-country and is the 3A record-holder (4:16.71) in the 1600m.

And there were other meet records that fell at the Dome Classic.

Andrea Klimowski from Northland Preparatory Academy set a meet record in the women’s 1600m, clocking a time of 5:45.44.  The senior, a four-time Class 1A state champion, also won the 800m in 2:28.33.  She’s headed for the University of Wyoming next fall.

Klimowski also owns the meet record in the 3200m, posting a 12:43.35 last year, but did not compete in the event this year.

Rolando Jumbo from Chinle HS ran the 3200m on the boys’ side in a meet-record time of 11:36.80 and the meet record in the women’s high jump was tied by two competitors, Taylor Peters from Round Valley HS and Maddie Nossek from Payson HS, both hitting a height of 5’2″.

Top 5 team results: (Men) Red Rock HS, 63; Snowflake HS, 54; Tuba City HS, 49; Show Low HS, 47; Winslow HS, 29.  (Women) Red Rock HS, 76; Show Low HS, 52; Snowflake HS, 43; Payson HS, 32; Blue Ridge HS, 29.