Relay teams help GJ girls finish second in Lakewood
Wins in the sprint relays vaulted Grand Junction High School’s girls to a sixth-place finish at Thursday’s Lakewood Tiger Invitational track and field meet.
Sydni Brandon, Natalie Derush, Whitney Jackson and Jill Payne teamed up on a win in the 400-meter relay (51.39 seconds). Brandon, Molly Findlay, Jackson and Payne won the 800 relay (1:50.67) and Brandon, Jackson, Payne and Erika Meister clocked in at 1:53.26 in the 800 medley relay.
Individually, Jackson won the long jump (16 feet, 8 1/2 inches) and Brandon placed third in the 100 (13.13).
In the boys events, Deshaun Harris won the shot put (52-4) and took second in the discus (142-4) for the Tigers, who placed seventh. Greg Eccher placed second in the 1,600 (4:37.23).
Matching hat tricks by Megan Gromke and Ashley Preuss lifted Grand Junction to a 10-6 win at Aspen.
Kacie Jay and Halle Harrison chipped in with two goals apiece as the Tigers won for the second time this week. They outlasted Battle Mountain 17-16 on Monday. Jay, Kayla Vetzel, Delaney Robison and Anna Wedekin all recorded assists Thursday.
Wins by Lyric Fortson and Bronte Hayward at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively, and a doubles sweep pushed Fruita Monument to a 6-1 win at Thompson Valley.
McKenna Griffiths and Shannon Hautzinger (No. 1), Taylor Poudrier and Amanda Charles (No. 2), Sara Cesark and Lindsay Dempsey (No. 3) and Kelsi Barnett and Kayla Lyon (No. 4) all teamed up for straight-set doubles wins for the Wildcats.
Ashlynn Speakman and Randi Sheridan scored three goals apiece as Grand Valley routed host Vail Christian 10-1.
Speakman found net off an assist from Lauren Paskett in the second minute to get the Cardinals’ offense rolling.
Kyra Chenoweth, Speakman, Paskett struck for goals in an eight-minute span to widen the gap to 4-0. Sheridan scored twice in the final two minutes of the half to make it 6-0.
Reagan Cyphers, Sheridan, Hanna Cornelius and Speakman rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals with second-half goals.
Angel Diaz used his legs on the base paths and arm on the mound to help Rifle to a 7-4 win over visiting Basalt.
Diaz struck out three and held the Longhorns scoreless in 2 1/3 innings for the win. Offensively, he was 3 for 3 with two runs and two stolen bases.
Teig Hauer got the start, striking out five and allowing four runs — two earned — in 4 2/3 innings. He contributed with the bat, too, going 1 for 3 with two runs and two RBI.