Delighted Davison: Central hurdler happy about placing fifth at state championships
LAKEWOOD — Central High School hurdler Scott Davison couldn’t have been happier.
The senior not only qualified for the Class 5A state track championships, he placed fifth Friday in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 15.00 seconds.
“I had a good run,” Davison said. “I ran my race. I was going for top five and went out and got it.
“I’ve never dropped to 15 (seconds) until this year.”
Casey Young of Regis won in 14.44 seconds.
Davison and teammate Aaron Wallway finished 14th and 15th in the 300 hurdles preliminary races and failed to qualify for the finals.
Davison was the only athlete from the three valley Class 5A schools to place in a finals event.
Fruita Monument’s Meriah Redding and Krista Hinton and Amanda Chaffin of Central didn’t place in the girls high jump. Redding and Chaffin failed to clear 5 feet, 1 inch and were eliminated. They tied for 12th place.
Hinton cleared 4-10 before she was eliminated.
Although they were disappointed they didn’t do better, the girls enjoyed the experience.
“It was good,” Redding said. “I had a fun time. I think we all had a fun time.”
The girls were more relaxed having each other there during the competition.
“It was much easier this year with people you actually know,” Chaffin said.
“People think we’re against each other, but when we come here, we’re a team,” Redding said.
Grand Junction’s Nelson Rock didn’t place in the high jump.
The Rifle boys 800 relay team of James Martinez, Tyler Rust, Joe Burgess and Andrew Proebstle set a school record and placed second with a time of 1 minute, 29.60 seconds. Valor Christian was first (1:27.64).
“We did what we wanted to do,” senior Tyler Rust said. “I don’t know if we could’ve beat Valor. They had a good time.”
The race was so important to them, Proebstle and Burgess dropped out of individual events to focus on the relay race.
Proebstle, a sophomore, dropped out of the 200 meters.
“I thought about it, if I’d regret it, and decided probably not,” Proebstle said. “I can run it the next couple years. These guys are all seniors. This (relay team) is going away.”
Burgess, a senior, dropped out of the 400 to focus on the three relay races.
The Palisade girls took sixth in the 800 relay in 1:46.20.
Palisade’s Olevia Shafer placed third in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 11 inches.
Jolie DuBois of Glenwood Springs placed fourth in the 200 dash with a personal record of 25.10 seconds and qualified for today’s 100 meter finals.
“It was exciting,” the junior said. “My goal was top five and I did that.”
Madi Goodsteain qualified for the 300 hurdles finals with a time of 46.11. Kita Alvares of Cheyenne Mountain tied a Class 4A state record in 43.59 seconds for the top qualifying spot. Palisade’s Amy Austin didn’t make the finals.
Andrew Mansfield placed sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:47.62.
Ryan Buchanan of Glenwood Springs qualified for today’s 300 hurdles finals with a time of 39.60 seconds, but teammate Wyatt Israel missed the cut and also missed the cut for the finals of the long jump.