Josephine Natrasevschi placed fourth in both the discus and hammer throw and Carly Paul tied for third place in the high jump to help the Colorado girls win the team title Saturday at the Great Southwest Classic track and field meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Colorado team, made up of girls from high school across the state, finished with 169½ points to easily win the title over teams representing 19 other states. Missouri was second with 119 points and Utah third with 88. The Colorado boys were 10th in a field of 15 teams.
Natrasevschi, winner of Colorado Class 5A titles in both the shot put and discus this past spring as a senior at Fort Collins High School, threw the hammer 123 feet, 8 inches and the discus 137-7 to finish fourth in both events. She was eighth in the shot put at 38-4¼.
Paul, winner of three straight Colorado 5A titles in the high jump, went 5-6 to tie for third. Paul just completed her senior year at Poudre High.
Carly Lester, a senior-to-be at Rocky Mountain High and the Colorado state record-holder in the 300 hurdles, finished fourth in that event with a time of 42.20 seconds and eighth in the 100 hurdles in 14.62.
Audra Koopman, who just completed her senior year at Fort Collins High, was sixth in the girls long jump at 18-10¾ and joined Paul, Lester and recent Rocky Mountain graduate Alivia Ayres-Perry on the fourth-place girls 800 relay team. Their time was 1:38.74.