A shoe-in? New shoes help Derrieux qualify first in 100 hurdles

Jamie Derrieux’s junior year has been marred by injury, including a hamstring ailment that kept her off the track for a month. Helped by a new pair of shoes, the Grand Junction junior qualified first Friday in the 100 hurdles.

Sometimes it’s as simple as switching shoes.

Grand Junction High School hurdler Jamie Derrieux, whose injured right hamstring caused her to miss significant time the past two seasons, decided earlier this season she’d had enough.

“It was frustrating because I didn’t want to have the same thing happen where I was going to be bothered by the hamstring all season,” Derrieux said Friday after qualifying first in the 100-meter hurdles at the Southwestern League meet at Stocker Stadium. “We went to the (Monfort Family) Performance Lab at Mesa because we knew it had to be something else wrong.

“They analyzed how I ran on a treadmill and my knee would pronate really badly with my shoes on and it was straining the hamstring.”

Derrieux said she tried three new pairs of shoes to try to alleviate the problem, finally settling on a pair of Nikes that did the trick.

“It’s cool that it’s all of a sudden fixed because of shoes,” Derrieux said “It sounds kind of silly, but it worked and I don’t feel it anymore.”

Derrieux’s junior year in sports has been marred by injuries. She missed a chunk of the basketball season with a broken hand after having high expectations entering the season.

“It’s like the same thing that happened in basketball where I came into the season wanting to do really good in hurdles,” Derrieux said. “It’s been a disadvantage to have not been able to run in all the meets.”

Although finishing first, Friday’s qualifying time of 16.30 seconds wasn’t her best time of the season. Derrieux ran a 15.64 at last week’s Tiger Invitational, which had her ranked 17th in Class 5A coming into this weekend’s meet.

If Derrieux hopes to qualify in a hurdles event for the third consecutive year, she’ll have to drop her time in today’s finals.

“I have to push myself that much more,” Derrieux said. “It’s a goal to be able to do an individual event at state.”

Derrieux is also the anchor of the Tigers’ 400- and 800-meter relay teams, which are both ranked in the top 18.

“She’s a tough competitor,” Grand Junction coach Darrell Simonton said. “She hasn’t had a lot of hurdle races, but she’s getting better.”

The Tigers are currently sitting second in the boys team scores with 41. Montrose is leading the boys with 46, and atop the girls with 30.

Grand Junction’s boys were paced by shot putter Colten Deters, who threw a personal best 51 feet to win the shot put.

High jumper Nelson Rock won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches.

The Tigers also had Sarah Versluis win the long jump, soaring 17 feet, 5.75 inches.

Fruita Monument’s Jaden Koos finished second in the shot put with a season-best throw of 45 feet, 10.5 inches.

Central’s Aaron Wallway qualified first in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.66, and Morgan Haynie qualified first in the 400 dash in 1:00.28.

“We loved the effort all season from everyone and we said going into this meet ‘let’s finish as high as we can and get everyone a personal record,’ ” Central coach Lanton Kame said. “That way if you don’t qualify for state, you walk away from this season with a good feeling.” Today’s events begin at 8 a.m. with the girls 800 sprint medley relay.


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