Burgin shines in Mill Valley track and field season opener
The competition was tough, but the Mill Valley track and field team put forth a noble effort in its first meet of the 2001 season.
The Jaguars opened the season at Ottawa last Friday with a spirited effort against larger schools.
The Mill Valley boys took fourth place, while the girls' squad finished fifth in the nine-team field. Raytown South won both meets as Kansas' 6A schools Emporia and Olathe South also finished in the top four.
"You're talking about very big schools here," Mill Valley head coach Mark Peck said. "I was very pleased with the results, considering that we didn't have our team at full strength. It was a real good showing for the first time out."
The squad did not have all athletes attend the meet due to a school play later in the evening.
Earning top honors for the boys' squad was senior Dominique Burgin, who finished first in the long jump. Burgin had a leap of 20 feet, 2 inches to win the event.
Burgin, who scored 32 of the teams' 89 points, also had a pair of runner-up finishes (100-meter run, 200-meter run) and took third in the triple jump.
"I had told him that it would be very tough to go through the preliminaries, jump, then go back for the finals," Peck said. "He was very tired after the meet, but he found out he's going to get stronger as he gets in better shape.
Jaguar senior Jason Andrews placed second in the triple jump (42-8 3/4), just ahead of Burgin by less than two inches, while junior Andrew Sudduth placed second in the 100-meter high hurdles.
In distance running, junior Griffin Lee finished second in the 1600-meter run.
On the girls' side, junior Mindy DeGroot had a first-place performance in the high jump, while freshman Tara Stuart placed second in the long jump.
Jaguar senior Maike Pieper, a foreign exchange student from Germany, placed in two events, taking second in the high hurdles and third in the triple jump.
Next up for Mill Valley will be the Blue Valley North relays on Saturday, April 7 and Peck anticipates another short-handed squad due to ACT testing and music regionals.