Central teammates push each other in hurdle events
Scott Davidson and Aaron Wallaway don’t have to look far to find tough competition.
The Central High School hurdlers are often competing against each other for first place.
The two pushed one another again Saturday in the Tiger Invitational at Stocker Stadium.
“We like to compete with each other,” Davidson said. “I help him with his 300s and he helps me with my 110s. It’s like a 1-2 combination.”
“We warm up together and stretch together,” Wallaway said. “We try to win together. You can’t always do it, but we try.”
Pomona won the overall boys and girls team title with 145.5 points. Fruita Monument took second with 127. Palisade was fourth with 118 and Grand Junction was fifth with 116. Central finished seventh with 99 and Montrose was ninth with 85.5.
Wallaway won the 300-meter hurdles in 40.23 seconds and Davidson placed third in 41.58.
“I felt good,” Wallaway said. “That’s probably my best time of the season. All year, I’ve been running low 41s, high 40s. My coaches say, ‘Get out of the block sooner.’ That’s what I tried to do today and it looks like it paid off.”
Davidson took second in the 110 hurdles in 15.42 seconds and Wallaway placed third in 15.53. Ralston Valley’s Robert Wasinger won the event in 15.30.
“I’m usually have the fastest block starts out of everybody on our team,” Davidson said. “I use that to rocket over the hurdles. I almost had him (Wasinger). It was close, but he has a good seven inches on me in height.”
Montrose has a similar in-house competition between Eric Shellhorn and Douglas Hallenborg in the 800.
“When someone excels like Eric, you try to push it in practice to keep up with him and it carries over to races,” Hallenborg said.
Shellhorn took first in 2 minutes, 1.84 seconds. Hallenborg finished third in 2:03.52.
“I love the 800,” Shellhorn said. “It’s an intense competition. It’s fun to beat people. The third 200 is the hardest. You push through there. That’s where winning the race comes down to.”
Shellhorn is on the fringe of qualifying for state in the 800, but will likely qualify for state in the 3,200 relay with Hallenborg. The relay placed second Friday in the Tiger Invitational.
The top 18 times qualify for the Class 5A and 4A state track championships May 20-22 in Denver.
Palisade freshman Angela Gordon hopes to qualify for the 4A state meet in the 200 dash, something she didn’t even think about when the season started.
“It was very nerve-racking for my first major meet in Delta,” Gordon said.
Since then, she’s won the Phil Wertman Invitational, but she still felt intimidated Saturday racing against girls from Pomona, Horizon and several other schools.
Gordon won the 200 in 26.25 seconds. Fruita Monument’s Katie Martin took second in 27.22.
“It was very intimidating, but it felt good to win,” Gordon said. “I think this was my best time.”
Central freshman Morgan Haynie won the girls 400 dash in 1:01.59. Palisade’s Olevia Shafer placed second in 1:02.70.
“The 400 is my race,” Haynie said. “It was hard competition. I felt confident, but I never race the Wheat Ridge girl (Iris Vollmer).”
Grand Junction’s Allie Grasso won the girls 100 dash in 12.92 seconds. Fruita Monument’s Katie Martin took second in 13.08.
It was the first time the Grand Junction High School junior won the race.
“That’s the fastest time I’ve ever ran,” Grasso said. “I wasn’t expecting that at all.
“I usually beat everyone out of the blocks. I was trying to focus on staring at the finish line and run my own race.”
The Tigers’ 400 relay finished first in 50.60 seconds. Palisade took second in the 400 relay and won the 800 relay (1:48.31).