Clearing the bar: Delta high jumpers fine with second-, third-place finishes
LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t quite the finish that either Clinton Botts or Phillip Decker envisioned, but the Delta High School seniors came away from the Class 4A state track and field meet with a sense of accomplishment.
The Panthers were able to stand near the top of the podium after the conclusion of the boys high jump Thursday morning at Jeffco Stadium. Botts took second and Decker tied for third in the event, which was won by Golden’s Trevor Evanson. The Demons’ junior was the only competitor to clear the 6-foot-6 mark, and for good measure he also cleared 6-7.
Botts was one of three high jumpers who failed to clear 6-6 with Evanson, and Decker bowed out at the 6-5 mark.
“We tried our hardest and we had fun,” Botts said. “That’s the only thing about state, is you go have fun. You just compete and you get what you get.”
The teammates and close friends were pumping each other up throughout the morning, but Botts admitted it was hard once Decker was eliminated. Competing in his first state event, Botts tried to match Evanson’s mark while not letting the previous misses affect his mental approach.
“You’ve got to keep yourself going because as soon as you get down, that’s when you start getting down on yourself and get tense,” Botts said. “You can’t jump too good when you’re too tense.”
Glenwood Springs enjoyed a productive first day, with both the boys and girls teams earning a fifth-place medal. The girls 3,200-meter relay team took fifth with a time of 9 minutes, 46.79 seconds and junior Chat Montover placed fifth in the boys shot put with a personal record of 50 feet, 11.5 inches.
“That’s a big step up for me. Just to come to state was a big thing for me,” Montover said. “Just to place pretty high was a big achievement.”
The boys 3,200 relay took eighth overall.
The girls relay of Kristy Moore, Sarah Treese, Jackie Knott and Michaela Mansfield finished 12 seconds behind the top four teams but were consistent throughout the race.
“It was a different race for us. We’re not used to being in quite that big of a pack,” Treese said. “But getting fifth at state is great.”
Glenwood Springs junior Jolie Dubois qualified for the finals in both the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Dubois was fifth in the 100 with a time of 12.56 seconds and took fourth in the 200 preliminaries at 25.28. Mesa Ridge’s Kadeshia Rose has the top time in both events going into the finals — the 200 final is today and the 100 is Saturday.
“Our girls team is really strong this year,” Treese said. “I’m not quite sure about all the other teams’ strengths, but I think we have a pretty good chance of getting up there in the rankings.”
Palisade had a pair of podium finishes. The girls 3,200 relay placed seventh and junior Olevia Schafer took ninth in the girls triple jump. The 800 relay qualified sixth for today’s finals.
The boys 400 and 800 relay teams from Rifle also qualified for the finals. The 400 team took eighth in the prelims and the 800 team finished fourth.
Montrose placed eighth in the girls 3,200 relay.