Bronze Tiger

GJ's Harris finishes third in shot put at final state meet

Grand Junction’s Deshaun Harris gets ready to toss the shot put Saturday during the Class 5A State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. Harris’ throw of 54 feet, 2 inches earned him third place. The senior hopes to continue his track and field career at either Weber State University in Utah or Colorado Mesa University.



Brailyn Reddick was the only Central athlete to qualify for the state meet and she made the most of it, finishing ninth in the shot put.



QUICKREAD

The Rundown

How area athletes fared in Saturday’s finals at the State Track and Field Championships in Lakewood:

Class 5A Boys

Shot put — Deshaun Harris, Grand Junction, sr., 54-2, third.

Class 5A Girls

Shot put — Brailyn Reddick, Central, sr., 35-10, ninth; Jenna Soukup, Fruita Monument, sr., 34-5.75, 11th.

Triple jump — Niki Hunt, Fruita Monument, sr., 35-2, 11th; Whitney Jackson, Grand Junction, sr., 34-11, 14th.

Class 4A Boys

300 hurdles — Chris Black, Delta, sr., 38.62, fourth.

Class 4A Girls

100 hurdles — Abi Grace McGee, Montrose, soph., 15.36, fourth.

300 hurdles — Abi Grace McGee, Montrose, soph., 46.83, fourth; Brooke White, Montrose, jr., 47.04, eighth.

1,600 — Greta Van Calcar, Palisade, fr., 5:06.09, fifth; Clarissa Whiting, Delta, sr., 5:09.10, sixth; Cleo Whiting, Delta, sr., 5:09.24, seventh.

Discus — Joey Kuheim, Rifle, sr., 135-6, third; Brittany Neuroth, Rifle, jr., 105-9, 15th.

Class 3A Boys

110 hurdles — Dante Markley, Cedaredge, sr., 15.95, sixth.

300 hurdles — Dante Markley, Cedaredge, sr., 39.35, first.

100 — Reid Gates, Cedaredge, jr., 11.47, ninth.

400 relay — Cedaredge, 44.49, fifth.

High jump — Reid Gates, Cedaredge, jr., 6-7, first; Shane Gates, Cedaredge, fr., 6-1, seventh (tie).

Long jump — Reid Gates, Cedaredge, jr., 21-7.75, third; Russell Harris, Olathe, sr., 17-8, 18th.

Class 3A Girls

100 hurdles — Rocio Roman, Grand Valley, sr., 16.99, ninth.

300 hurdles — Rocio Roman, Grand Valley, sr., 47.19, fourth.

1,600 — Nellie Freeman, Cedaredge, fr., 5:32.74, 15th.

400 relay — Cedaredge, 50.94, fourth.

1,600 relay — Cedaredge, 4:04.99, fourth.

Long jump — Rachael Latta, Cedaredge, sr., 17-1.75, third; Rebecca Deal, Cedaredge, jr., 15-5.25, 13th (tie).

Class 2A Boys

110 hurdles — Tala Atoafa, Meeker, sr., 16.30, sixth; Keegan Palmer, Hotchkiss, sr., 16.68, seventh.

100 — Trenton Shelton, Meeker, fr., 11.27, first.

200 — Trenton Shelton, Meeker, fr., 22.9, second.

1,600 — Cody Bartlett, Hotchkiss, sr., 4:31.07, third; Andrew Tiedemann, Hotchkiss, soph., 4:33.92, fifth; Jason Sturgis, Paonia, jr., 4:45.22, 16th.

400 relay — Meeker, 44.99, third.

1,600 relay — Hotchkiss, 3:29.47, third; Paonia, 3:33.97, sixth.

High jump — Ben Linnell, Paonia, jr., 6-0, 10th (tie).

Class 2A Girls

300 hurdles — Morgan Hartigan, Paonia, soph., 47.51, fifth; Taylor Polson, Paonia, jr., 47.96, seventh.

100 — Kelli Buhrdorf, Hotchkiss, sr., 13.02, sixth.

200 — Lindsay Russell, Paonia, sr., 26.78, seventh; Kelli Buhrdorf, Hotchkiss, sr., 26.82, eighth; Marisa Edmonson, Paonia, fr., 27.30, ninth.

400 — Jennifer Celis, Hotchkiss, jr., 56.34, first; Lindsay Russell, Paonia, sr., 59.14, fifth; Ashley Van Vleet, Paonia, fr., 59.4, seventh.

1,600 — Natalie Anderson, Hotchkiss, jr., 5:24.05, fourth; Mae Anderson, Hotchkiss, fr., 5:27.44, sixth; Chelsea Meilner, Paonia, fr., 5:41.24, 10th.

400 relay — Paonia, 50.92, second.

1,600 relay — Paonia, 3:58.16, first; Hotchkiss, 4:00.86, second.

Discus — Bailey Atwood, Meeker, sr., 107-11, eighth; Taylor Carsten, Paonia, fr., 106-1, ninth; Daryl Batt, Hotchkiss, sr., 96-8, 15th.

Triple jump — Sydney Hughes, Meeker, soph., 33-6, seventh; Ce’rra Carsten, Paonia, sr., 32-8.5, 10th; Easton Hartigan, Paonia, soph., 32-6, 11th.

Class 1A Girls

200 — Audrey Rose Kachin, Plateau Valley, soph., 27.82, fifth.

400 — Audrey Rose Kachin, Plateau Valley, soph., 1:01.52, third.

Long jump — Audrey Rose Kachin, Plateau Valley, soph., 14-9.25, seventh.



LAKEWOOD — It’s been a whirlwind week for Grand Junction High School senior Deshaun Harris. He graduated Tuesday and immediately shifted his focus to the Class 5A State Track and Field Championships.

On Saturday, he closed the door on high school with a bronze showing in the shot put. A throw of 54 feet, 2 inches placed him behind only champion Jacob Hanks of Fort Collins (56-11) and Gateway’s Zach Golditch (54-2).

Although Golditch’s best throw matched that of Harris, Golditch won the tiebreaker for second place because his second-best throw traveled farther.

“It was competitive this year,” said Harris, who said he hopes to continue his track and field career at either Weber State University in Utah or hometown Colorado Mesa University. “There were a lot of kids throwing over 54, 55. It was fun to compete against those guys.”

For one last time.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Harris said. “After I relax and get home, it’ll hit me that it’s my last meet as a high school kid. It’s definitely going to hit me pretty good.”

Reddick reaches podium

Central’s lone state qualifier got onto the podium Saturday.

Brailyn Reddick placed ninth in the girls shot put (35-10). Jenna Soukup of Fruita Monument competed in the event but did not advance to the finals.

Whitney Jackson of Grand Junction and Niki Hunt of Fruita Monument both competed in the preliminaries in the triple jump, but neither qualified for the finals.

McGee takes fourth — twice

Montrose sophomore Abi Grace McGee had a memorable day in the hurdles, finishing fourth in the 4A girls 100 (15.36 seconds) and 300 (46.83). Teammate Brooke White was eighth in the 300 hurdles (47.04).

“It wasn’t quite a (personal record), but I’m still pretty happy,” she said.

The 100 is McGee’s favorite of the two hurdles races.

“I mean, I like the 300s, but I don’t know, I guess the 100s don’t hurt as bad,” she said with a laugh. “And they’re fun.”

In 4A boys hurdles action, Delta’s Chris Black ended his prep career with a fourth-place finish in the 300 (38.62).

The senior credited his success to simply being healthy this spring. He said a broken ankle sustained during basketball season last school year cost him his track season.

Although Black broke his wrist in basketball this past winter, his legs were in good shape.

“I always knew I could compete,” he said. “A lot of times, I was just getting held back by injuries.”

Black said he doesn’t plan to run in college. He said he’ll attend Colorado State University to study engineering.

Elsewhere in 4A competition Saturday, Palisade’s Greta Van Calcar followed up Friday’s second-place run in the 3,200 with a fifth-place performance in the girls 1,600. She finished in 5:06.09. Delta sisters Clarissa and Cleo Whiting finished sixth (5:09.10) and seventh (5:09.24), respectively.

In the girls discus, Rifle senior Joey Kuheim placed third (135-6).

Bowles toughs it out for team

Coal Ridge’s Andy Bowles earned a huge ovation by walking his way through the 300 hurdles finals to earn a point for his Titans, who finished second in the 3A team chase.

Bowles injured his hamstring during the 110 hurdles earlier in the day and had to be helped off the track. It cost him a chance to battle Cedaredge’s Reid Gates for the high jump title. Bowles, who took the second seed (6-5) into the high jump, had cleared 6-3 before heading off to compete in the hurdles. He still wound up taking fourth.

Gates cleared 6-7 to win it.

Little practice, lots of places

Plateau Valley’s Audrey Rose Kachin placed third in the 400 (1:01.52), fifth in the 400 (27.82) and seventh in the long jump (14-9.25) on Saturday in the Class 1A girls meet.

Kachin, who also plays soccer with Palisade in the spring, doesn’t get much time to practice for track.

“My long jump kind of frustrated me a little bit, but (the 200 and 400) kind of made up for it,” she said. “I play soccer in the spring, so I make maybe one track practice a week, so technique and all that is hard to master when I’m not there. This is my fourth meet of the season, so considering that, I’m happy about it.”

Allman all the buzz

Speaking of the 4A girls discus, Silver Creek senior Valarie Allman was the buzz of Saturday’s action at Jefferson County Stadium. She won with a state meet-record throw of 167-3. She also owns the Colorado record of 183-3, which she set at a meet earlier this season.

Her 167-3 throw on Saturday would have been good enough to beat the boys in classes 4A, 3A and 1A.


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