First impression: Girardi wins WSL title in first year running track

Palisade’s Collin Girardi clears a hurdle Friday during the 110-meter hurdles during the Western Slope League meet at Stocker Stadium. Girardi, who had never run track before this year, won the event in 16.35 seconds.

Collin Girardi had to be talked into trying track & field this spring.

Now, the Palisade High School junior is the boys 110-meter hurdles Western Slope League champion in his first season.

“Track and basketball coaches convinced me to come out for track,” Girardi said. “I’m just not really into running. Now, it’s not totally all about running. It’s other stuff, that’s what I started figuring out.”

Girardi won the race Friday at Stocker Stadium in 16.35 seconds to put him in the top 18 in Class 4A and possibly qualify him for state next week.

“That’s all I’ve been thinking about the past two days,” Girardi said. “This is my first year doing it. I’ve grown a lot, getting the skills down.”

Glenwood Springs cruised to its fourth consecutive Western Slope League girls track title and the boys tied Moffat County for the league title. Glenwood and Moffat County each scored 141 points.

The Palisade boys tied Rifle for third place with 99 points. Palisade’s girls took second place with 125 points and Moffat County was third with 100.

“We were in a dogfight with Moffat County,” Glenwood Springs coach Blake Risner said. “I’m so happy for the boys. We were probably the third-ranked team coming in and we did some great things.

“Chad Montover winning the shot put, Wyatt (Israel) winning the long jump, Travis (Whitman) winning the 400, so we had some great individual efforts, but the team effort was really there. Everyone was pulling for one another the whole meet.”

The Demons would have won the boys team title outright if Delta’s 1,600 relay team wasn’t disqualified for dropping the baton in the final race of the meet.

It allowed Moffat County to finish fourth and score five team points to tie Glenwood.

“It was the craziest finish I’ve ever seen,” Risner said. “We knew what we had to do. The other teams did what we needed for them to do for us, yet one of them got DQ’d for losing the baton to make it a tie, so I think it was meant to be.”

The Glenwood Springs girls were led by league MVP Jolie DuBois, who won the 100- and 200-meter dash and was on the regional champion 400 and 800 relay teams. DuBois was under 26 seconds for the first time in the 200 (25:32).

Theresa Gabriel won the triple jump, took second in the long jump and the 100 hurdles. Michaela Mansfield won the 800 (2:20.16), Madi Goodstein won the 100 hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles to teammate Kristy Moore.

Emily Crow led Palisade with a regional title in the 400-meter run in 60.74 seconds.

Her time was a personal best, but wasn’t good enough to qualify for state.

“I need to run faster,” Crow said. “I guess there’s next year.”

Crow was on the first-place 400 relay team (1:48.13) and 3,200 relay (9:55.71). She was on the second-place 1,600 relay (4:06.64).

Palisade’s other individual champion was Nick Stephanus in the discus (161 feet, 3 inches). He placed third in the shot put (44-11⁄2).

Delta’s Phillip Decker set a personal record to win the high jump (6-5). Rifle’s Andrew Proebstle won the 200 (22.65) and the league MVP. Ryan Buchanan of Glenwood Springs won the 300 hurdles.

Class 5A

Central’s Gilbert Galvan took first place in the discus throw and Grand Junction’s Sarah Versluis won the triple jump to win Southwestern League titles Friday in Durango.

The Durango boys and girls lead the team race. The Montrose girls are in second place and the Fruita Monument boys are in second place.

The meet continues today.

Galvan tossed the discus 138 feet, 4 inches to finish ahead of Grand Junction’s Dylan Reed (137-11).

Versluis beat Montrose’s Michelle Owen by one-quarter of an inch for the triple jump title.

Fruita Monument’s Woody Seagren took second in the 3,200-meter run in 10:36.06 and teammate Kyler Brown was third (10:48.17).


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